Charlecote's Wood Yard café

Enjoy a snack and a drink in Charlecote's Wood Yard cafe

Our new Wood Yard Café has opened this spring, taking pressure off the limited space in the much-loved Orangery. We reckon it’s worth the calories when every slice of your favourite cake helps us to look after Charlecote

This fresh bright space offers new views of Charlecote and there’s plenty of outside seating, some of it under cover. Visitors can now experience part of the old working part of Charlecote’s estate for the first time.

There’s lots of room in the Wood Yard for families and dog walkers to enjoy hot drinks, snacks and ice-cream. (Only assistance dogs inside the café building itself).

There's plenty of space to enjoy a different view of Charlecote
Charlecote's Wood Yard cafe offers plenty of space for families and dog walkers
There's plenty of space to enjoy a different view of Charlecote

The café will be open from mid-morning (generally between 10am and 11am, depending how busy we are) at the moment, but we are keeping this under review. On quiet days when we have limited staff we may open only the Orangery - please check social media or phone ahead to check, if this will affect your visit.

As visitor numbers have increased in recent years, our hard-working team in the Orangery have coped with some exceptionally busy days, serving delicious food and drink to our visitors. The Wood Yard Café will reduce queues for all our visitors, providing a relaxing space for refreshment before – or after – enjoying the parkland.

Afternoon tea or mid-morning pick-me-up... a scone is always welcome
Enjoy delicious scones in Charlecote's Wood Yard cafe
Afternoon tea or mid-morning pick-me-up... a scone is always welcome

About the Café build

We worked on this project with award-winning architects and modular building providers, IPT Architects and Ecospace.

The larch-wood cladding will change colour with age to mirror the existing, historic timber used in the original buildings in this space. All the benches have been made by the National Trust’s carpenters at Dudmaston.

The café is a prefabricated building which means:

  • The building waste material was minimized.
  • A high thermal performance with low U-values (heat transfer) because it uses Structurally Insulated Panels.
  • The roof is a single ply membrane that is environmentally-friendly and long-lasting.
  • The insulation is CFC and HCFC free and can be recycled at the end of its serviceable life.
  • All the wood has been sourced from sustainable and renewable, certified sources.
  • All the interior equipment has been sourced for the best energy efficiency.
Pop in to the new Wood Yard cafe and enjoy a different view of Charlecote
Pop in to Charlecote's new Wood Yard cafe
Pop in to the new Wood Yard cafe and enjoy a different view of Charlecote

History of the Wood Yard

This area was once the historical working heart of the estate and its use has changed over time.

In the 1600s it was a kitchen garden supplying fresh fruit and vegetables for the Lucy family and their servants. In the 1800s it was a working yard used by staff employed on maintaining the estate, managing livestock and storing timber. In recent years our Park and Garden team used it for storing their equipment and compost bays.

The Orangery

The Orangery Restaurant will remain open for hot served meals and is open from 9am for early visitors. 

We will continue to need to close the Orangery at times of strong winds, because of its proximity to our ancient cedar trees. However, the Wood Yard Café will not be affected – hurrah!

Charlecote Park's Orangery restaurant is the perfect place to stop for lunch

Orangery restaurant 

The Orangery restaurant is the perfect place to begin your visit with a breakfast bap. Later in the day you can take your time here to enjoy a delicious hot meal.