Eating at Ickworth

counter cafe ickworth

Ickworth offers a delicious selection of food throughout the year. Whether you're coming just for a meal, or to make a whole day out our West Wing Café, Squash Court Café and Porter’s Lodge Café offer a mouth watering choice of hot food, snacks and a great cup of coffee.

The West Wing café

The West Wing Café, nestled next to our Orangery with views across the Italianate garden. Sit in either the Orangery or café and enjoy a host of lunches, onepots and cakes from our seasonal menu.

Enjoy a delicious treat in the comfort of our West Wing Cafe
West Wing Cafe Ickworth
Enjoy a delicious treat in the comfort of our West Wing Cafe

Our menu has something for everyone and is all made on site from fresh ingredients. Help yourself to sandwiches, cakes, scones and tray-bakes from the counter. Salads and hot dishes, made fresh in the kitchen and brought to your table.

Capture the view and enjoy a cuppa in our comfortable Orangery
Ickworth orangery
Capture the view and enjoy a cuppa in our comfortable Orangery

Porters Lodge Outdoor Café

Sit in our outdoor seating area or take your snacks out on a picnic. Perfect if you are enjoying the park and gardens, and of course dogs are very welcome.

From the end of November there will be some limited seating indoors in Porters Lodge incase the good old British weather pours down on you and your four legged friend. Over the coming months we will be improving our Porters Lodge Cafe area to allow for more indoor seating in the winter months and a fuller menu for visitors.

Porters Lodge Café sits behind our visitor reception in a woodland glade. We’ve placed bird feeders nearby so as you enjoy your treats, you can watch the birds enjoy theirs. We’ve a range of scones and bakes, sausage rolls, sandwiches, gelato and drinks all ready to take away.

The Porters Lodge Cafe at Ickworth is very dog-friendly
A table with coffee on it and dogs underneath at the Porters Lodge cafe
The Porters Lodge Cafe at Ickworth is very dog-friendly

Squash Court Café

Visitors are able to immerse fully into fun and interesting stories about Jack Honeyball and the 4th Marquess of Bristol regularly playing squash, as well as enjoying delicious coffee accompanied by our Scone of the Month, using fresh produce from the grounds of Ickworth in the quiet comfort of our transformed Squash Court Cafe.

Whilst you're eating, read the story of the Squash Court
Squash Court Cafe table toppers
Whilst you're eating, read the story of the Squash Court

Our values

Sustainable production is at the heart of National Trust values today. The National Trust team are the winners of several awards for the pioneering use of sustainably produced food in our cafés. As a conservation charity we are unique in how we cater for millions of visitors every year by putting welfare and conservation, not profit, at the heart of everything we do.

Today the National Trust is the UK’s biggest farmer looking after over 600,000 acres of farmland with our tenant farmers. Whether it’s for the Bensons juices in your glass or the butter you put on your scones, we require all our farmers to use nature friendly farming techniques. For things we can’t produce ourselves we apply these same regulations to all our external suppliers too. That’s why you will see labels such as ‘farm assured’, ‘free range’ and ‘rainforest alliance’ throughout our cafés.