Food for Life Served Here

Vegetables picked in July from Dyffryn Gardens, South Glamorgan

We’re proud that 187 of our cafés, restaurants and tea-rooms all bear the Bronze Food for Life Served Here Award. The award recognises our commitment to serving local, fresh and honest food made using ethical and sustainable ingredients.

To achieve the award we looked at everything from our menus and suppliers, to the way we prepare our food. The cafés that received the award have proven that they serve food which is traceable, free from additives and better for animal welfare. 

Made from scratch 

Every day, at least 75% of meals served at our places are freshly made on site using carefully sourced, seasonal ingredients. All the meat served follows UK animal welfare standards, all eggs are free range and the fish is sustainable. Meals contain no undesirable food additives, GM ingredients or hydrogenated fats. 

Chef making bread in the kitchens at Killerton, Devon
Chef making bread in the kitchens at Killerton, Devon
Chef making bread in the kitchens at Killerton, Devon

And that’s not all. You can be reassured that we know exactly how our food has been grown, raised or reared. Many of our cafés and tea-rooms have seasonal menus making use of the fresh fruit and vegetables provided by their kitchen gardens, tenant farmers and local suppliers.  

Fresh from the farm

We’re now teaming up with more of our tenant farmers than ever before, like Steve Conisbee, a farmer at Barracks Farm in Surrey. Steve’s family have been farming since 1760 and have been tenants of the National Trust for 20 years. They now supply our cafés across the South East with turkey, beef and lamb. 

Tenant farmer Steve Conisbee at Barracks Farm, Surrey
National Trust tenant farmer Steve Conisbee at Barracks Farm, Surrey
Tenant farmer Steve Conisbee at Barracks Farm, Surrey
" The farming business was brought here in the 1950s by my grandfather. I’m the ninth generation farmer and butcher. We grow turkeys, cattle and sheep which we supply to National Trust properties in the South East."
- Steve Conisbee, Tenant Farmer and Supplier

Looking to the future

Over the next few years we’ll be improving our sourcing standards even more, and we’ll be striving to increase the number of our places certified by the Food for Life Served Here Award.

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A world-famous garden home to National Collections and Champion Trees

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Ripon, North Yorkshire

Ancient abbey ruins and an awe-inspiring water garden at this World Heritage Site

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Richmond, Surrey

A unique 17th-century treasure trove

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