Food and drink at Dunster Castle

Two women enjoy a drink from reusable cups on a bench at Dunster Castle

Our Watermill Tearoom is open daily, 10am-5pm. The Tenants' Hall pop-up café is open daily 10.30am-3pm. We will be serving hot and cold drinks, ice creams, light refreshments and hot food.

Staying safe 

We’ve introduced new safety measures including screens at our till and collection points, and waymarked routes. Payment by card is preferred when possible.

Face coverings

Wearing a face covering is a personal choice, although they are recommended in crowded and enclosed places. Thank you for supporting us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

The Watermill Tearoom

Our newly refurbished Watermill Tearoom is open daily from 10am-5pm, serving drinks, light refreshments, ice cream and hot food (from 12-2.30). 

The Watermill Tearoom is opposite the working watermill in peaceful surroundings alongside the River Avill and at the entrance to the River Gardens. Morning coffees, light lunches and traditional, afternoon teas are available daily from the tea-room which is approximately a 15 minute walk from the carpark via West Street and Mill Lane.

The tearoom is a great point for refreshment if you are on one of the many local walks such as Bat's Castle, Grabbist Hill or Conygar Tower.

The picturesque River Avill babbles past the Watermill Tearoom
The refurbished tearoom at Dunster Castle among green foliage with the River Avill flowing past the building
The picturesque River Avill babbles past the Watermill Tearoom

The tea-garden makes for beautiful and relaxing surroundings in which to enjoy a refreshing cup of tea or to indulge with a slice of hand-made chocolate cake or a scone.

If you have specific dietary requirements or are visiting with children, please take the time needed to check the menus before reaching the till points.

We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone. You can take a look at our food and drink FAQs by clicking here.

 

 

Tenants' Hall pop-up refreshments

Tenants' Hall pop-up cafe is open daily 10.30am-3pm serving hot and cold drinks, ice creams and light refreshments. 

Tenants' Hall is an atmospheric place to enjoy some light refreshment
The Tenants' Hall at Dunster Castle set up with tables and chairs. There is a fireplace in the far centre and antlers decorating the walls
Tenants' Hall is an atmospheric place to enjoy some light refreshment

History of the Tenants' Hall

This building was originally designed as the great Gatehouse, an addition made by Sir Hugh Luttrell in 1420. The creation of the Gatehouse provided an extra defence for the castle, forming a fortified courtyard between the main curtain wall and 13th century gateway.  

Tenants’ Hall is an atmospheric space to enjoy a drink and a bite to eat and has two wood-burning stoves make it extra cosy in winter.

 

Picnics

A picnic area with picnic benches are available near to the main car park, with views over the surrounding parkland, up to the castle and out to the Bristol Channel. Alternatively feel free to picnic in the castle grounds, on the Green court or the Keep garden. 

Enjoy an array of tempting treats at Dunster Castle
A stack of fruit scones at Dunster's Watermill tearoom
Enjoy an array of tempting treats at Dunster Castle

The Camellia House

Please be aware that the Camellia House is only open at peak times.

Why not take tea with a relative of the tea-plant; the camellia? Hot and cold drinks along with light refreshments and locally made ice cream are available to take out from the Camellia House. These include delicious hand- made flap jacks and slices of cake.   

There are a small number of tables within the cosy Camellia House from which to admire the camellia plants themselves or choose a bench outside on the sheltered, Mediterranean inspired South Terrace and take in the views. On clear days the views extend all along the Somerset coast as well as toward the distant, rolling Quantock Hills.

The Camellia House formed part of Anthony Salvin’s remodelling of Dunster Castle during the early 1870s for the Luttrell family. A true plantsman’s garden would not be complete without a Camellia house.