Eating 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.

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.

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.

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.

The new visitor centre restaurant

Pop into the newly decked out restaurant at the visitor centre for some tea and cake. You can tuck into a warming seasonal meal, lighter meals and snacks here.

Relax in the visitor centre restaurant
The visitor centre restaurant at Fountains Abbey visitor centre
Relax in the visitor centre restaurant

Abbey tea-room becomes Mill Cafe

Sat right by both the abbey and the mill, this quaint little cafe is the perfect spot to have a brew with a view. Pick up a hot or cold drink or a light bite to eat here before you continue to explore the grounds. 

Abbey tea-rooms is now Mill cafe
Abbey tea-rooms becomes Mill cafe
Abbey tea-rooms is now Mill cafe

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.

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.  

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.

The newly re-vamped Mill Café (some of you may know it formerly as Abbey tea-room) 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.

A couple enjoy the sunshine next to the ruins of fountains abbey

What you need to know for your visit 

Spend a few hours exploring the ruins of Fountains Abbey before following the river down to the sprawling water garden. Don't stop there though! With the medieval deer park and surrounding countryside to discover too, there's enough to fill an entire day. Find out what you need to know for your visit here.

Walking from the garden to Fountains Abbey

Walking at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal 

There are miles of footpaths and trails for you to explore in this beautiful landscape. Explore the woodland High Ride path through the estate or wander through Seven Bridges Valley. Wherever you choose to go, grab your boots now and stretch your legs!

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