Food and drink at Lydford Gorge

A child about to eat a delicious slice of cake

Whether you fancy a cuppa after a long car journey, a snack to boost the energy levels half way through your hike or an indulgent cream tea at the end; we suggest you treat yourself.

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 temperate rainforest that fills Lydford Gorge.


The Devil's Cauldron tea-room

The tea-room at the Devil's Cauldron entrance serves drinks, cakes, cream teas, toasties and sandwiches throughout the day. Plus a selection of lunchtime favourites including hot meals, pasties, and sausage rolls.

Four legged friends are welcome within the Devil's Cauldron tea-room and in the outside seating area.


The Waterfall tea-room

At the Waterfall entrance the tea-room has a more limited, takaway offer. Drinks, bakes, and sandwiches are available all day, plus hot pasties and sausage rolls for a lunchtime treat.

Dogs are welcome everywhere, we politely request they are kept on leads while visiting Lydford Gorge.

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

Picnics at Lydford Gorge

You're welcome to picnic at Lydford Gorge. The orchard, found at the Devil's Cauldron entrance, is great for family picnics with lots of space to spread blankets and a small play area to tire the younger ones out. On the walking trails there are some wider sections at Pixie Glen and Whitelady Waterfall. Please be considerate of other visitors by getting off the paths and taking your litter home as there are no bins in the gorge.

Both the Devil's Cauldron and Waterfall tea-rooms can provide takeaway treats to top up your picnic hamper.

Please help us keep Lydford Gorge beautiful - take all litter home, and be aware the use of barbeques is not permitted anywhere, including the car parks.

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.

Second-hand books at Lydford Gorge

At the Devil's Cauldron entrance you'll find the second-hand bookshop with a large range of books to browse. There are also puzzles, games, DVDs, CDs, driftwood and more for sale.

In the Waterfall tea-room there are a small selection of second-hand books.

Shelves full of second-hand books for sale at Lydford Gorge
Shelves full of second-hand books for sale at Lydford Gorge
Shelves full of second-hand books for sale at Lydford Gorge