Food and drink at Lydford Gorge

A child about to eat a delicious slice of cake

There are two tea-rooms at Lydford Gorge, for opening times please check on site.

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For the River trail, Devil's Cauldron tea-room, visitor welcome and toilets head to the Devil's Cauldron entrance (EX20 4BH).

For a shorter walk head to the Waterfall entrance (EX20 4BL). Here you'll find the waterfall tea-room, visitor welcome and toilets.

The two entrances are linked by the River trail.

Whitelady Waterfall flowing into the glistening river Lyd
Whitelady Waterfall flowing into the glistening river Lyd
Whitelady Waterfall flowing into the glistening river Lyd

Visitors to the gorge have been taking refreshment after their exertions since Victorian times. When the railway arrived in 1865 it was the first time ordinary Victorians could experience for themselves the spectacle of Whitelady Waterfall.

Both tea-rooms serve a selection of sandwiches, soup, paninis, cakes, cream teas and ice-cream. Indoor and outdoor seating is available to help you make the most of the weather. Well behaved dogs are allowed in the tea-rooms and there are colouring materials to help keep the children entertained.

Enjoy a cuppa with your four-legged friend
A couple enjoying a cuppa in the tea-room with their dog
Enjoy a cuppa with your four-legged friend

The Devil's Cauldron tea-room serves an additional lunch menu between 12 noon and 3pm including seasonal specials, jacket potatoes and pasties. The Lydford Stack - a griddled cheese scone stacked with hot bacon, melting brie and garlic mayonnaise is a lunch time indulgence to see you through whatever you’ve got planned.

The Lydford stack
A Lydford stack with bacon, brie and garlic mayo in a toasted cheese scone
The Lydford stack
Shelves full of second-hand books for sale at Lydford Gorge

Second-hand books at Lydford Gorge

Head to the Devil's Cauldron entrance to browse the range of second-hand books for sale, as well as games and puzzles. Open 10am-3.30pm every day. All proceeds go towards preserving the unique landscape of the gorge and looking after the wildlife that call it home.

Visitors sitting outside the cafe at Standen House, West Sussex

Allergen information 

Most of the food and drink served in our café’s, restaurants and tea-rooms is prepared on site in our kitchens, using a wide range of ingredients. As a result, we can’t guarantee that any of our food and drink products are completely allergen free. If you have an allergy or intolerance, please ask the café staff who will be happy to advise on the ingredients in your food and drink.