New Wood Yard café at Charlecote

Charlecote's new Wood Yard cafe take shape

Over the next few years you’ll see some major changes at Charlecote with much-needed new facilities for our visitors. These significant projects will also ensure that our unique collection, the house and the grounds are preserved for future generations.

Phase 1 - new restaurant

The first phase of these projects is to build a much-needed new restaurant to complement the existing Orangery tea-room. The much-loved Orangery will remain open when the Wood Yard Cafe opens.

Over the years, the team in the Orangery tea-room have worked hard at serving delicious food and drink to our visitors, but we know it can get very busy at times. Now we have developed the historic Wood Yard at the heart of Charlecote to create a brand new café due which opened last spring.

This is the first time that Charlecote’s Wood Yard has been open to visitors. We will be further developing this space over the coming years to open up some of these old buildings to show visitors the work that went on here to run the estate in centuries past.

For the cafe project we worked with award-winning architects and modular building providers, IPT Architects and Ecospace.

The Orangery has now become a more formal space for hot meals in a relaxed environment. The Wood Yard Café area is more open and accessible - perfect for pushchairs, dog walkers and parkland visitors.

See our timelapse film of the build here:

Latest updates

04 Oct 19

Warm welcome

The Wood Yard café has been a hive of activity since its opening earlier this year.

The space has worked beautifully, providing you with additional space to eat, socialise and relax when you visit Charlecote. We've had some lovely feedback about its 'green' credentials and the aesthetics too.

Check our What's On page for special events and workshops hosted in the café.

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

17 Apr 19

And we're open at last!

After a trial run with staff and volunteers to ensure that everything works, the new Wood Yard café was open to visitors on 17 April, just in time for the warmest - and busiest - Easter that we've ever experienced.

Thank you to everyone who posted such positive feedback on social media, it's made all the hard work so worthwhile.

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

11 Apr 19

Tea for two... and more

Tables, chairs, teapots... they're all here, and we're almost ready to open to visitors. After we've checked that everything works we'll be able to open the doors and welcome everyone in. Everyone deserves a nice cup of tea!

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