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 to open late spring 2019.

This will be 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 are working with award-winning architects and modular building providers, IPT Architects and Ecospace.

The Orangery will remain open for more formal hot meals in a relaxed environment. The Wood Yard Café area will be much more open - perfect for pushchairs, dog walkers and parkland visitors.

Latest updates

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.

You'll get a warm welcome at Charlecote Park's Wood Yard cafe

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!

Discover a new view of Charlecote in the Wood Yard cafe

05 Apr 19

Counter fitting

The kitchen fitters are in and equipment has been delivered, ready to be installed. It will all be handed over to Charlecote staff in a few days so we can get ready for opening when the new crockery arrives.

Charlecote's new Wood Yard cafe is fitted out ready for opening