Pop-up refreshments at the castle
Whether you've walked through the River Gardens and are in need of refreshments, or you want to pause and look at the views with a coffee, our pop-up offer in Tenants' Hall will be ready to welcome you.
The Watermill Tearoom
During the winter of 2019 we’ll be starting work to improve the tearoom by Dunster Castle’s Working Watermill. This means the tearoom will be closed during the work, but you’ll be able to get light refreshments from Camellia House and in Tenants’ Hall during this time.
In transforming our catering facilities to better meet the expectations of all our visitors, we will be making the building fully accessible with new toilet facilities and providing more inside seating.
Tenants' Hall pop-up refreshments
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 which can be offered all year round with the addition of two wood-burning stoves, and most recently, is home to our pop-up refreshments offer. Open daily, 10am - dusk.
Hot food is available from 12pm-3pm, serving soup, pasties and handmade sausage rolls. A selection of sandwiches are available all day along with delicious cakes and bakes. Tenants' Hall offers seating and with the fires lit, it makes for a very lovely pit-stop.
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.
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.
Camellia House will be closed throughout January, and will re-open in time for February half term.