Charlecote's Wood Yard café

There's plenty of space for families and dog-walkers in Charlecote's Wood Yard cafe

This article was prepared before coronavirus restrictions. Please click on the link below to see up-to-date information on what we are currently able to offer in the Wood Yard cafe.

Our Wood Yard Café is the perfect stop for families and dog-walkers. There's plenty of indoor and outdoor seating for you to enjoy a snack and hot drinks. We reckon it’s worth the calories when every slice of your favourite cake helps us to look after Charlecote

On quiet days the Wood Yard cafe or Orangery may be closed. Please phone ahead to check if this will affect your visit.

This fresh bright space offers new views of Charlecote and there’s plenty of outside seating, some of it under cover. Over the past year visitors have enjoyed experiencing 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.

See our menu here.

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

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 now reduces queues for all our visitors, providing a relaxing space for refreshment before – or after – enjoying the parkland. Feedback from our regular visitors has been very enthusiastic!

This 2019 development is just the start of major new infrastructure projects at Charlecote to improve our visitor experience.

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.

Take a look at the timelapse video of the whole cafe build here:

Charlecote's Orangery restaurant is a lovely place for a snack or a hot meal

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 to enjoy a delicious hot meal.

We are unable to take bookings for cream teas at present. We will re-open bookings later in the year.