Cosy tea-rooms and cafés

Feeling peckish? We've picked a few of our favourite tea-rooms and cafés for you to visit and re-fuel after your adventures. Tuck in to delicious meals and snacks, often handmade using local ingredients. What's more, every cuppa or tasty treat you buy helps us continue looking after special places for everyone to enjoy.

Two people enjoying a drink in Muddy Boots Cafe at Blickling

Blickling, Norfolk 

The Stables, Muddy Boots and Farmyard Café serve delicious food from a quick snack to a tasty meal at Blickling. And for those who fancy a pub lunch, the Bucks Arms is also on the estate, offering real ales and hearty food.

Squash soup with seed gremolata

Bodnant Garden, Conwy 

With year-round colour and interest, there’s never a bad time to visit Bodnant. The gardens are the perfect spot for a stroll, and you can even buy a take-away cuppa to help keep you refreshed on your explorations. If you fancy a sit-down meal then the Pavilion tea-room offers some delicious dishes, or you can enjoy light bites such as soups, sandwiches and cakes at the Magnolia tea-room.

A bowl of Chinese style pork stew

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire 

Whether you’re after a quick snack or a relaxing meal, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Clumber Park. The main restaurant offers a relaxed space with gorgeous views over the lake from the Duke’s former study, while the Garden Tea House lets you dine in style overlooking the beautiful Walled Kitchen Garden. Whichever you choose, you’ll be able to enjoy delicious homemade dishes and sweet treats made with local ingredients, with some picked fresh from the estate.

Dunwich Heath tea room

Dunwich Heath, Suffolk 

Located in the old coastguard cottages at Dunwich Heath, pop in for a drink or a bite to eat from the seasonal menu. With an open fire to keep you toasty on cooler days or a fresh sea breeze in the summer, dogs are welcome and the view from the lookout is a great spot for watching wildlife. (Open weekends only over winter)

Handing coffee over in the visitor centre restaurant at Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, North Yorkshire 

Looking for somewhere to take a break? Cosy up in one of two foodie retreats at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. The Mill Café is open on weekends and Studley Royal tea-room is open daily. Whether you’re looking for a breakfast butty, a light bite or something a little more substantial, you’ll find something to suit all appetites.

Visitors using the orangery café at Ham House

Ham House, Richmond 

In need of a boost? Why not head to Ham House’s Orangery café to replenish your energy, and enjoy tasty treats at the same time. Situated next to the 17th-century Kitchen Garden, the café makes use of the produce all year round – from podded peas to salsify, skirret and scorzonera. One you’ve re-fuelled, why not head out to explore Ham’s parterres and plats, or take a stroll along the River Thames?

Coffee from the Hardwick kitchen

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire 

Whether you are looking for a relaxing lunch with friends or family, a sweet treat or a rewarding breakfast after a walk, there is always something to tempt you at Hardwick’s Great Barn Restaurant. Head to the upstairs ‘Loft’ area with its comfy sofas where you can relax with a latte and a magazine, or head for the main restaurant to make the most of family-friendly menus, toys, games and highchairs.

Lanhydrock Park café

Lanhydrock, Cornwall 

Whatever the weather, you’re sure to find a warm welcome at Lanhydrock’s Park Café. You’ll find it right next to the cycle hire facilities, making the café a handy pit-stop for anyone wanting to explore the woodland on two wheels. It's also a fabulous place to come for a chat over a frothy coffee and a slice of cake, or even a homemade burger.

A family enjoys scones outdoors at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Mottisfont, Hampshire 

Mottisfont has two large cafés, perfect for taking a break after exploring the estate. You’ll find homemade, seasonal meals and treats like warm cheese scones and freshly baked cakes in the Old Kitchen – located in the original Victorian kitchens of the historic house. The Coach House Café in the stable yard is perfect for lighter bites when you’re strolling around the gardens, or want a quick snack before walking down to the exhibition gallery in the house.

Visitors in the Shamrock Garden at Mount Stewart

Mount Stewart, County Down 

At Mount Stewart, everything on the menu is made on-site by our cook and baker using the best local and seasonal produce. Whether you’re after a lunchtime snack or a classic cream tea pick-me-up, you’re sure to find plenty of delicious options here – perfect when you’re taking a break from exploring the beautiful gardens and house.

Try a slice of delicious carrot cake

Poledsen Lacey, Surrey 

Tempted by the thought of a leisurely afternoon tea? The Granary Café and Cowshed Coffee Shop is the place for you. The chefs here love to use seasonal, local produce in their dishes, including tasty offerings from the estate’s very own volunteer-run vegetable garden. The team also work closely with tenant farmers to bring you the best of their produce, from meat to gelato.

Visitors in the mill café at Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire 

Situated in the historic site of the original 1830s Weaving Shed, the Mill Café now offers the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a delicious meal or slice of cake after exploring all that Quarry Bank has to offer. Grab a window seat with its view over the serene river Bollin winding past, and tuck in.

Enjoying soup at Rowallane Garden café

Rowallane Garden, County Down 

Rowallane’s café looks over the gardens, so you can enjoy watching the changing of the seasons every time you pop in. While you’re here you can tuck in to a light lunch or tasty cakes, traybakes and muffins – not to mention a great cup of tea.

Food and drink from the Boathouse Tea-room overlooking Stackpole Quay

Stackpole, Pembrokeshire 

The Boathouse Tea-room is a firm favourite on the foodie trail with locals and tourists alike. Famed for its stunning location in Stackpole Quay, it’s a great place to sit and watch the sea gently lapping against the stony shore. The food is good hearty fare – and you even get a delicious cream tea here too.

A selection of the Nation's favourite cakes

Stourhead, Wiltshire 

Feeling peckish? Stourhead’s restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a reviving cuppa, or unwind over a leisurely lunch before heading out to explore the estate. Wherever possible the team use home grown vegetables from the walled garden, and one of our tenant farmers supplies all of the eggs used in the café – so you can make the most of delicious local produce.

A man in chefs uniform bends down amongst growing herbs to select for use in the cafe at Stowe

Stowe, Buckinghamshire 

A visit to Stowe isn't complete without treating yourself in the light and airy café. The kitchen here is a creative place, and the team love cooking up a storm with locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. From estate-reared beef to fresh herbs from the farmhouse garden, there’s a bit of Stowe in every mouthful. For something a bit different why not try the delicious New Inn Restoration Ale, made exclusively for Stowe by Chiltern Brewery?

Wicken Fen - Cuckoo in flight

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire 

Whatever the time of year Wicken Fen is a great place to spot wildlife, from birds of prey to the resident herds of Highland cattle and Konik ponies. Once you’re done exploring, settle down in the Docky Hut café to savour tasty treats made with local ingredients, and enjoy the knowledge that every bite or sip helps to care for the creatures that call Wicken Fen home.

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Saintfield, County Down

Whatever the season there's always something new to see....

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Richmond, Surrey

A unique 17th-century treasure trove

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near Banbury, Warwickshire

In 1927 Lord and Lady Bearsted viewed Upton House with ‘the eye of imagination’ and soon set about creating their made-to-measure country home.

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