Eating and drinking at Charlecote Park
Choose from a delicious selection of hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals as treat when you visit. The Orangery Restaurant and Wood Yard Cafe have variable opening days and times. Check with the team at Visitor Reception when you arrive to find out which outlet is open for your visit.
There are two outlets you can enjoy food and drink from at Charlecote Park, which are open on different days depending on the season. At least one outlet will be open from 9.30am - 5pm on any given day. Please check with the team at Visitor Reception when you arrive, to find out which outlet during your visit.
There are also lots of beautiful picnic spots and benches available, if you prefer to bring your own snacks. If you have dietary requirements, you may prefer to come prepared as we are serving a limited offer and currently may not have what you need.
A slightly more formal venue, the Orangery is located to the right of the house, behind the large Cedar trees.
You’ll find a selection of drinks and snacks available here, with seating inside and a small courtyard to the side where you can enjoy your food outside. On days when the Wood Yard Cafe is closed, dogs are very welcome inside the restaurant.
Wood Yard café
The Wood Yard cafe serves a range of takeaway hot and cold drinks, and seasonal light bites to eat on the go, including tray bakes, scones, sausage rolls, pasties, paninis, sandwiches and ice-creams.
It’s the perfect place for a light snack as you admire the architecture of the surrounding historic buildings. You’ll find it to the left of the house as you walk down the main drive.
Seating is available inside and outside the Wood Yard café. There’s plenty of space outside on the benches for groups and buggies. Dogs are very welcome at the tables outside in the Wood Yard, and at designated spaces inside the café.
You’re welcome to picnic at Charlecote all year round, all through the spring and summer, into the autumn and even from January to December!
It doesn’t matter whether you bring a smart wicker hamper or chuck everything in an old rucksack, everyone knows sandwiches taste better outdoors.
There are benches along the main drive and picnic benches near the Spinney, in the Service Courtyard, on the Paddock and in the Wood Yard.
If you’d rather spread out on a picnic blanket, there’s plenty of grassy space on the Paddock near the river.
Top tips for picnics
- To protect our livestock herds and wildlife, please clear away all your rubbish. The bins have signs to help you separate out your waste.
- No barbecues please, even disposable ones.
- Keep an eye on little ones, as our rivers are unfenced.
- The Servants' Hall has plenty of picnic gear to purchase if you forget anything, or fancy investing in something eco-conscious - from cups and blankets, to cutlery and bags.
- Commercial waste disposal costs us over £4000 a year - taking your rubbish home will help us spend less so that we can use these funds for our conservation work.
- Don't forget the sunscreen and hats for everyone on sunny days!
Litter, rubbish and recycling
The deer, sheep and other wildlife in the parkland, would be very grateful if you can leave nothing but footprints behind. Please dispose of all your rubbish in the bins provided or take it home with you to recycle. Our takeaway hot drinks are served in plant-based disposable tableware, all of which is compostable or recyclable.
Every cup of tea and slice of cake, goes straight back into conservation work here at Charlecote. You purchases help us to look after the house and parkland for everyone, for ever - thank you.