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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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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then our walking trails are a great place to start. With varied terrain and beautiful views, this is all the motivation you'll need to head outside and get active.
How do you make this year the best yet? Whether your aim is to get active, learn new skills, plan a holiday or meet new people, we've got plenty of ways to help you get stuck in and make a difference along the way.