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? Or if you feel peckish exploring the island, then our seasonal snack van, at the Outdoor Centre also offers light refreshments, snacks and ice creams.

Opening times

The Villano Café is open daily from 19 March 10:20 to 5pm, offering a full menu* and indoor and outdoor seating.    

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's 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 rest before the boat 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..

*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.

Re-useable cups and water bottle refills 

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.  There is also a water bottle refill station at the Outdoor Centre. 

Little boy enjoys and ice cream at Lyme, Cheshire

Snack van

If you work up an appetite on your adventure, why not pop into the Outdoor Centre on your way round the island and pick up a well earned ice-cream or cuppa from our snack van? Situated there most days throughout the season, do ask in reception upon arrival.

We look forward to welcoming you back .

You can take a look at our food and drink FAQs by clicking here.

Take in the views across the harbour from Brownsea Island
Views across the harbour from Brownsea Island cafe garden
Take in the views across the harbour from Brownsea Island
Looking out onto the harbour from Brownsea Island

Visiting Brownsea Island: what you need to know

In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about how to get here, what's open and what to expect from your visit. You'll also find a link to the booking page.