Charlecote's Wood Yard café
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).
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.
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.
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 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!