Eating at 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 inspired by Ickworths stories, onepots and cakes from our seasonal menu.
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.
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.
Throughout February and March, Porters Lodge Cafe will be closed so that we can prepare for construction to begin on the development of the Cafe and indoor seating area. From 9 - 25 February we will be able to offer cakes, bakes, sandwiches and cold drinks via our trike, and from 26 February until end of March we will have a trailer offering soup and hot drinks additionally.
From April we will have hoped to increas outdoor tables by 50% to give much greater room in those warm, summer months, as well as a bigger Cafe to serve our visitors. In the winter our indoor seating will be set within a beautifully decorated space, ready to welcome you and your four legged friends!
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.
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.
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.
If you have an allergy or intolerance, please let us know
We make most of our food here in our busy kitchen, using a wide range of ingredients. Whilst we do our best, we can’t guarantee that any of our products are totally allergen free.
We’d love to help you with your choice by telling you about our ingredients. Visited before? Please speak to one of our team as ingredients sometimes change.