Time for a game of squash and a cuppa?

Plaque in Squash Court Cafe

A chance for you to relax, unwind and delve into the hidden story of Jack Honeyball and the 4th Marquess of Bristol playing squash at Ickworth.

If you have visited Ickworth recently you may have noticed a few changes in the West Wing – writing on the stairs, squash racquets with arrows, and quotes on the wall. Follow these directions and they will lead you to our new Squash Court Café, situated on the 3rd floor.

Immerse yourself in the comfort of the Squash Court Cafe
View of Squash Court Cafe

Rather more than just a lick of paint, the Café has been completely transformed with a new counter fitted to serve soup, freshly baked cakes and homemade sandwiches; luscious Fig and Palm trees; new and re-used furniture, beautiful furnishings and key conservation work including the reinstatement of the original squash court lines. The Café has also kept original features including the panel-clad roof and hand cranked roof lights.

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

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.

" The Cafe is a relaxing space where you are surrounded by the outdoors, with 1930s background music to transport you to another time. Discover it for yourself! "
- Alice Bridle, Visitor Experience Intrepretation Officer

The Squash Court Café will be open every weekend and every day through school holidays, giving you the chance to explore and uncover another side to Ickworth.