Villano Café

The Villano Café is the perfect spot to refuel, relax and enjoy the views across Poole Harbour. What visit to Brownsea Island would be complete without a pitstop at the café?

The Villano Café 

Whether you’re after a snack to grab and go, lunch, or it’s time for tea, our Villano Café has it covered. From breakfast rolls to our famous scones and of course, ice-creams available, it is both the perfect pitstop and place to relax and have a brew with a view.   

The Villano garden offers a picture-perfect spot, with views across to Sandbanks, Shell Bay and the Purbeck Hills, as well as Brownsea Castle's Family Pier - the entrance to the castle grounds. Sit back, unwind and watch the comings and goings across Poole Harbour, before setting off to explore the island or after a day’s adventure. From here you can appreciate our unique position within the busy harbour and spot how people and wildlife benefit from the location. You may spot sailing boats, fishing vessels and other recreational activities and witness the sights and sounds of the wildlife coming to and from the island simultaneously. With our resident Oystercatcher frequenting the area as well as cormorant, different species of gull and the comings and goings of the terns in spring and summer it’s a great spot to take it all in.


Staying safe at Villano café

The Villano café is now open daily, 10am - 5.00pm, offering a limited takeaway menu.  

We’ve introduced new safety measures including closure of most of our seating areas, screens at our till and collection points, and waymarked routes. There will be a one way and queuing system in place. We’ll also only be accepting card payment. 

In line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering in most enclosed spaces, so please bring one with you.

If you have specific dietary requirements or are visiting with children, please take the time needed to check the menus before reaching the till points.

We can now accept re-usable cups and will provide a 25p discount for anyone who wishes to use these. We can also refill your water bottle on request.

We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone. You can take a look at our food and drink FAQs by clicking here.

Take in the views across the harbour from the Brownsea Island Cafe garden
Views across the harbour from Brownsea Island cafe garden
Take in the views across the harbour from the Brownsea Island Cafe garden
Brownsea Island Ferry

Visiting Brownsea Island: what you need to know

Brownsea will be opening again very soon. If you're planning a visit to Brownsea Island, please read this article carefully to find everything you need to know about booking your visit, how to get here, what's open and what to expect from your visit. We've made some changes to our usual offer, to help keep everyone safe.