Where can I eat at Fountains Abbey?

Break up your day's adventures with a stop at one of three cafes around the estate. Wrap hands around a warm cup of tea and indulge in a slice of cake at Mill Cafe, enjoy the view with a sandwich at Studley Royal tea-room and tuck into a good meal at the visitor centre restaurant.

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Fresh tastes to enjoy

From bacon butties at breakfast to hot lunches and tasty sweet treats, no visit is complete without a spot of indulgance at our cafes or restaurant. Guided by the National Trust cookbook, seasonal food from the estate and local produce there's always something tasty on offer.

Enjoy the view as you tuck into breakfast
Have breakfast overlooking Studley Lake near Ripon, Harrogate
Enjoy the view as you tuck into breakfast

Refresh yourself at one of our three tea-rooms

You can choose from the restaurant at the visitor centre, Studley Royal tea-room or Mill Café.

Find all the opening times here.

Visitor centre

Breakfast: 9.30-11.30am

Lunch: 12pm-2.30pm

Post-lunch: 2.30-5.00pm (snacks and cake)

For some delicious hot food, cake and sandwiches head to the visitor centre restaurant where a range of seasonal food will be offered. Or you can just enjoy a nice cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. You can visit the visitor centre restaurant without paying for entry. Pop along for a catch up with family and friends - we're only 10 minutes outside Ripon centre and the parking is free. 

Tuck into a slice of cake in the restaurant
Tuck into a slice of cake in the visitor centre restaurant
Tuck into a slice of cake in the restaurant

If you want a light bite and a cup of tea and cake with a view don't miss Studley Royal tea-room. Over-looking the lake, it's especially beautiful on a bright sunny day. From here you may like to go over for a stroll through the deer park, or loop back up to see the Octagon Tower, Temple of Fame and Surprise View on the High Ride path.

Mill Café is the place to go for some light bites and take-away drinks. There's seating outside with a wonderful view of the abbey. In summer, call by for some delicious local ice-cream.

Venison tagine from Fountains Abbey
Main courses

Cook up a venison tagine 

Try something different to beef and have a go at this flavoursome venison tagine. With a plenty of colourful veg, cumin, ginger and more, this recipe is sure to tantalise those taste buds.

We care about the environment and are moving toward reducing single use plastics, including drinks bottles. You can read more on how the National Trust are moving towards reducing plastic usage here. If you have your own mug, please do bring it and we will happily fill that for a hot drink on the go.

Bring your refillable cup in and you'll recieve 25p off your drink

Get 25p off your hot drink when you bring your reusable cup
Reusable coffee cup at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
Get 25p off your hot drink when you bring your reusable cup

Feel good about spending your hard earned money in our cafes knowing that all profits go back to looking after Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

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