Cosy tea-rooms and cafés

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

The tea room at Aira Force in Ullswater

Aira Force, Cumbria 

Aira Force is beautiful all year round, but during winter it makes the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle for a few hours. Stroll around the woodlands and marvel at the thundering 65ft waterfall, before retiring to the tea room terrace to refuel and admire the view.

The Pavilion Tearoom, Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden, Conwy 

With year-round colour and interest, there’s never a bad time to visit Bodnant. In winter the gardens are the perfect spot for a peaceful stroll in the crisp air, and you can even buy a take-away cuppa from the Pavilion or Magnolia Tea Room to help keep you warm on your explorations. Or if you fancy a sit-down meal, both cafés also offer a range of freshly-prepared dishes and snacks to tuck in to.

A Victoria Sponge Cake

Chartwell, Kent 

From steaming soups to spicy chillies, homemade cakes to scones and biscuits there is something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds this winter. With ingredients sourced from our kitchen garden at Chartwell and freshly cooked by our chefs, a stop-off provides a warming winter treat.

Soup at Clumber Park

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.

Girl drinking coffee in Studley tea-room

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, North Yorkshire 

Looking for somewhere to shelter out of the cold? Why not cosy up in one of the three foodie retreats on the Fountains Abbey estate: the Visitor Centre Restaurant, Abbey Tearoom or Studley Tearoom. From breakfast butties and light bites to hot lunches and tasty treats, there’s something to suit all appetites. The estate is closed on Fridays in January, but you'll still be able to still cosy up in the Studley tea room.

Visitors using the orangery cafe at Ham House

Ham House, Richmond 

Feeling the January chill? Why not head to Ham House’s Orangery Café to restore feeling to your fingers and toes, 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 Cafe

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 homemade cake, or even one of our speciality homemade burgers.

A rainbow over moorland at Longshaw

Longshaw, Peak District 

With over 1,700 hectares of spectacular Peak District countryside to explore, Longshaw has plenty of space to get outside and enjoy the crisp winter air. The views don’t have to stop when you head inside either, as the tea-room is famed for its outlook over the Burbage Valley with Higger and Owler Tors on the horizon. Delicious baked goods, warm drinks and tranquil setting – where better to while away an hour or two?

A family enjoys scones outdoors at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Mottisfont, Hampshire 

Mottisfont has two large cafés, which are open every day in January. 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 visiting the exhibition gallery.

A Sevres tea set on a side table

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.

Scones being removed from oven

Rowallane Garden, County Down 

Carved from the County Down landscape, Rowallane Garden has grown a lot since its beginnings in the 19th century, and there’s always something to see whatever the season. Take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, then head to the café to enjoy warming meals – or maybe even a delicious handmade scone? (Café open Friday – Sunday only in January).

Three ladies sit enjoying hot chocolate

Saltram, Devon 

Saltram’s Park Café is the perfect place to stop for lunch after a brisk wintery walk. Try delicious warming dishes made with seasonal ingredients, or go classic with a scone and a cup of tea while you decide which part of Saltram to explore next.

A selection of cakes available at Stourhead

Stourhead, Wiltshire 

Feeling peckish? Stourhead’s cosy 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.

Family walking between the columns of The Temple of Concord at Stowe

Stowe, Buckinghamshire 

It may be cold outside, but that’s just a good excuse to visit the light and airy café at Stowe. 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?

External view of Docky Hut cafe

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire 

Winter is a great time to visit Wicken Fen as there’s still plenty of wildlife to see, from over-wintering wildfowl 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 us to care for the creatures that call Wicken Fen home.