Eating at Gibside

A bowl of squash soup

From freshly-made sandwiches to tasty jacket potatoes, kids' lunch boxes and really good coffee, we've got the whole family covered. Come on in...

Gibside Café 

Open from 10am-6pm.

Found in market place, the main cafe (known as The Potting Shed cafe) is where we serve the widest choice of food. Below there's more details on what's on offer.

Throughout the day there is a range of hot and cold drinks served throughout the day too.

As part of summer nights we're open until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays serving ales, lager, wine and more, until 14 September. (Free for National Trust members or normal admission charges apply.)

If you have any questions, please ask a member of the team.

Gibside cafe menu

Visitors enjoying a coffee in the cafe


They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Served between 10am - 12pm, you can opt for a bacon or sausage sandwich, toasted teacake, crumpets or toast accompanied with butter and jam.

A tray of sausage rolls


New for this summer is the sundried tomato and basil sausage roll and focaccia muffin with cherry tomato and cheese, made right here in the kitchen. Choose from a range of freshly made sandwiches using salad from the walled garden, including ham and mustard mayo and chicken salad, all on white or brown bread. There is also a cheese salad or ham salad box. You can opt for a jacket potato topped with beans, cheese or tuna. For the kids, there's cottage pie with minced beef and lentils.

Member of staff pulling a pint

Hot and cold drinks

We're pleased to be working with local brewery Firebrick Brewery. There's also a range of hot and cold drinks available at all of the cafes. There's also a range of soft drinks too. If you're after something a little more fizzy, opt for prosecco.

Twelfth night cake

Sweet treats

Homemade delights include a traditional Georgian twelfth night cake or treacle tart, both served with brandy sauce and of course, festive mince pies. There are also homemade cheese or fruit scones, alongside a special guest recipe which changes every two weeks.

Children buying 50 things lunchboxes

For the kids

The National Trust's '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' campaign is all about encouraging kids outdoors and to get them ready for their big adventure they need some energy. At Gibside cafe they can choose five items to put in their special '50 things' lunchbox, which has lots of inspiration and ideas for lots of outdoor fun.

Other places to eat and drink at Gibside

Visitors enjoying snacks at the Stables Carriage Cafe

Stables Carriage House Coffee Shop, at The Stables

Nestled within the estate at the stable block, Stables Carriage House Coffee Shop is a little on the small side but is perfect for a stop-off. There's cosy seating inside or if it's a nice day out you can opt to sit in the courtyard. Hot and cold drinks are available alongside a small range of sandwiches, snacks scones, sweet treats and soup. 

Visitors at Strawberry Castle kiosk

Strawberry Castle Kiosk by Strawberry Castle Play Area

Open every weekend and during school holidays, Strawberry Castle kiosk serves ice creams, drinks and snacks. However, don't worry, it's not all for the youngsters, you can enjoy a cappuccino or mocha while the kids play away.