Kedleston's Great Kitchen restaurant

The National Trust book of scones

The Great Kitchen restaurant here at Kedleston is the perfect place to stop, relax and refuel after a busy day exploring or even just to pop in for a cup of tea and a slice of cake. We’ve got all sorts on our menu from sweet treats to wholesome meals and we’re now open from 10.00am daily.

The large room in the hall that is now our restaurant was once Kedleston's Great Kitchen, where great banquets were prepared and a team of kitchen staff would have cooked for the Curzon family and their guests. It has actually changed very little over the years and you can still clearly see many of the original kitchen features.

Kedleston Great Kitchen in the 1920s
A historic image of Kedleston's Great Kitchen in the 1920s
Kedleston Great Kitchen in the 1920s

Did someone say cake?

After all what’s a day out without sampling the cake offerings! We like to mix it up with cakes and sweet treats and we regularly update what we have on offer, from yummy flapjacks to our ever popular Kedleston Marmalade cake. Of course we serve a range of hot and cold drinks to wash it down with. Some of our favourites are our luxury hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows, or a refreshing Luscombe cranberry crush.

Kedleston Marmalade Cake

Kedleston Marmalade Cake

Why not try one of our Kedleston favorites at home? Here's a recipe for the ever popular Kedleston Marmalade Cake which can be traced back to the Great Kitchen here at Kedleston in the 18th Century!

Why not pop along for breakfast?

We’re now open from  10.00am everyday so you can pop in for breakfast after a walk in the fresh parkland air. Come and enjoy a bacon bap, or freshly made porridge and of course we have plenty of choice of teas and coffee. Dogs are not allowed in our restaurant but we do however have outdoor seating for those lovely frosty mornings and a small indoor seating area in what was once the game larder.

Why not pop in for a cup of tea?
Kedleston restaurant
Why not pop in for a cup of tea?

Need something a bit more substantial?

We have a great selection of hot main dishes are available from 12 noon till 3.00pm. From bubble and squeak to fresh sandwishes and main meals there’s something to suit all tastes, do let us know if you have any special dietary requirements and we'll do our very best to accommodate everyone. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call or contact us prior to your visit.

Choose from a selection of hot meals.
curry and pale ale in kedleston's restaurant
Choose from a selection of hot meals.

Looking for a light bite?

We also have a range of freshly made sandwiches, light meals and tasty soups on offer. We get a lot of little explorers too so we’ve made sure we have options available for Children.

Keeping it local

As much as we can we try to source our food locally so thank you to our suppliers below for their produce:

  • Jackson bakery for Derbyshire oatcakes, soft bloomer breads & teacakes.
  • Owen Taylor butchers for as much locally sourced meats as possible.
  • Bluebells dairy – delicious filled tubs of various ice creams.
  • Tollgate Brewery produced on a National Trust estate at Calke Abbey for a fantastic range of craft beers.
Cream teas, always a hit!
scones in kedleston restaurant
Cream teas, always a hit!


Food For Life 

Last year at Kedleston we received the Soil Association’s Bronze Food for Life Served Here Award. The award recognises our commitment to serving local, fresh and honest food made using ethical and sustainable ingredients.

To achieve it we worked closely with the Soil Association. We looked at everything from our menus and our suppliers, to the way we prepare our food.

The Trust's hard work has paid off as now 134 of our cafes, restaurants and tea rooms have achieved the Food for Life Served Here Award. Between them they are serving 14,800 freshly prepared meals each day made from environmentally sustainable and seasonal ingredients.

And Thank you

Just remember that the money you spend here in our restaurant helps us to look after Kedleston and continue to maintain and conserve the building and its beautiful surroundings.