Autumn walks with cosy cafés

Whether you’re looking for fuel to kick-start a ramble or are returning from a gentle stroll through one of our beautiful gardens, you’ll find our cafés and tea-rooms are great places to warm up at and enjoy a treat or two. What's more, every visit you make and piece of cake you buy helps us carry on looking after special places for everyone to enjoy.

A family in a tea-room


Famous for its autumn colours, Stourhead is home to Britain’s largest collection of Japanese Maples. Walkers can enjoy a pit-stop at the restaurant and takeaway kiosk which have reopened 10am-4pm and serve a range of hot and cold drinks, sweet treats and light snacks.

Lanhydrock estate, Cornwall
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Park Café, Lanhydrock, Cornwall 

The grounds at Lanhydrock reach their peak in the autumn, with scarlet acers and yellow tulip trees lighting up the estate. There are all sorts of trails through the 900 acres of woodland running down to the river Fowey and you’ll find the new Park Café conveniently located for a pre or post-walk bite of homemade food made from ingredients sourced locally.

Boathouse at Dudmaston in Autumn

Tea room at Dudmaston, Shropshire 

Surrounded by traditional woodland and a lakeside garden, Dudmaston Hall has been a family home since the 17th century and offers lovely walks teeming with history and wildlife. Make sure to stop off at the cosy National Trust tea room for a warming pot of tea after your walk.

Dunwich scones
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Tea-room, Dunwich Heath, Suffolk 

During early autumn, the whole of Dunwich Heath is alive with the colours of gorse and heather. This walk takes you around the perimeter of the heath, with plenty of wildlife to spot and beautiful views out to sea. Afterwards you can visit the tea-room in Coastguard Cottages for a warming drink or a bite to eat from the seasonal menu. Dunwich is also famous for its amazing range of scones, so don’t forget to pick up a ‘scone club’ card to collect points and earn your free scone.

People drinking tea

Tea-room, Flatford, Suffolk

Right next door to the beautiful 16th-century thatched Bridge Cottage at Flatford is the riverside tea-room, with views along the River Stour. The Bake of the Month has a very loyal following.

Scones and tea at the Needles Old Battery tea-room, Isle of Wight

Old Battery Tea-room, Isle of Wight 

An invigorating, history-rich downland walk with a splendid view of the iconic Needles. You’ll also come across a 19th-century fort, Cold War rocket test site and a monument to a Victorian poet laureate. Re-charge your batteries half way round with a stopover at the Old Battery’s quirky tea-room – once a WWII signal station. You can even use our binoculars to watch shipping movements out at sea. Everything on the seasonal menu is made by the staff using local ingredients wherever possible. Cosy treats include homemade soups, warm sausage rolls and bread and butter pudding.

Soft autumn glow at Hinton Ampner Hampshire
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Tea-room, Hinton Ampner, Hampshire 

Take a walk through the historic Hinton Ampner estate and enjoy the spectacular autumn colour. There’s also an abundance of wildlife from roe deer to rare Barbastelle bats, not to mention sweeping views over the South Downs. Afterwards you can cosy up in the Old Social Club tea-room and try freshly-cooked food, from hearty one-pot stews made with ingredients from the walled garden, to delicious sweet and savoury scones.

Visitors enjoying the autumn sunshine at Carding Mill Valley and the Shropshire Hills, Shropshire.
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Chalet Pavilion, Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire 

There are over 2,000 hectares of heather-covered hills, rolling farmland, woods and river valleys to explore at Carding Mill Valley and the Shropshire Hills. Get some energy for an autumn walk at the Chalet Pavilion tea-room where highlights include Dudmaston apple cake made from apples grown on the Dudmaston Estate.

Family enjoying time together at Longshaw
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Tea-room, Longshaw, Peak District 

Discover the diverse wildlife and red deer as you explore Eastern Edges on Big Moor, one of the most southern parts of the Peak District National Park. Then warm up with a nice cuppa and some homemade cake at the visitor centre tea-room.

A homemade scone with clotted cream and jam
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Tea-room, Wordsworth House, Cumbria 

Take a scenic walk through the quiet countryside of the North Lakes, and discover the fells, hamlets and towns that William Wordsworth knew as a child. Afterwards you can head to the café for some warming soup or a delicious slice of apple pie, made with our own heritage apple varieties.

Visitors at the Victorian tea-room beside the lake at Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire
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Abbey Tea-room, Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire 

Fountains Abbey is one of the most atmospheric and romantic places in Yorkshire. There's a deer park, a lake, canals and acres of space to wander in and enjoy the autumn colour. For tasty homemade cakes, warming brews and hearty soups, stop off at the Abbey Tea-room on your travels around this special site.

Walkers in the grounds of Speke Hall
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Home Farm Restaurant, Speke Hall, Liverpool 

You can stroll through vibrant autumn colour in the ancient woodlands around Speke Hall, or take a stroll along the new coastal walk with views across the Mersey. Home Farm Restaurant offers a delicious selection of homemade soups and hearty mains to help you refuel – look out for ‘Wet Nelly’, a Liverpool speciality akin to bread and butter pudding.

Visitors enjoying lunch at Cragside, Northumberland
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Tea-rooms, Cragside, Northumberland 

Built on a rocky crag high above the Debdon Burn, Cragside boasts vast grounds. It features possibly the largest rock garden in Europe which is ablaze with colour in autumn. No visit to Cragside would be complete without a visit to the tea-rooms. Enjoy comfort food at its best with a heart-warming one-pot dish or try a steaming bowl of homemade soup.

The lake in autumn with Tir nan Og glimpsed amongst the trees at Mount Stewart House and Garden, County Down
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Tea-room at Mount Stewart, County Down 

There's a surprise around every corner at the newly restored Mount Stewart, which is home to plants from all corners of the world. Follow the lake walk to discover the ornamental trees and shrubs in their autumn coats of red and gold, reflected in the still water of the lake. The tea-room on the shores of Strangford Lough offers award-winning food and drink, including home-made stews to reward you after an autumn walk.