Where can I eat at Dunster Castle and Watermill?

We use compostable takeaway cups in our cafes

Whether you want a sit down lunch, a take away cup of coffee to sip as you wander the grounds or have brought your own picnic there's plenty of options at Dunster Castle.

Tenants' Hall pop-up refreshments

The Tenant's Hall pop-up café is open daily, 10am-4pm, serving a limited range of takeaway hot and cold drinks and some light snacks.

 

Staying safe 

We’ve introduced new safety measures including closure of our seating areas, screens at our till and collection points, and waymarked routes. We’ll also only be accepting card payment. Unfortunately we cannot use reusable cups until further notice.

Government guidelines require you to wear a face covering; please bring one with you.

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.

Close-up of a cream tea

Helping you eat out

From 3 August you'll be able to get 50 per cent off your bill, up to a maximum of £10 per person on food and drink bought at and consumed at our café (excluding alcoholic drinks), through the government's Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. The scheme applies from Monday to Wednesdays only and ends on 31 August.

 

History of the Tennants' 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 now licensed for civil ceremonies and functions, and 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 anywhere in the castle grounds.

 

The Watermill tea-room

Please be aware that the Watermill tea-room is closed until further notice.

The Watermill tea-room 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 10 minute walk from the carpark.

Hear the sound of the River Avil passing by in the tea-garden
The tea-garden
Hear the sound of the River Avil passing by in the tea-garden

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.

Four legged friends are able to sit in the tea-garden but we ask that they don’t go into the tea-room.

 

The Camellia House

Please be aware that the Camellia House is closed until further notice

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.