Food and drink at Lyme

Two staff members serve tea and cake at the cafe at Lyme, Cheshire

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After exploring the beautiful surroundings of Lyme, there is nothing better than a refreshing beverage and a moment to catch up with friends or family. If you are out in the park, head to the Timber Yard Café for a drink or a warm snack. If you are up at the house, pop into the Ale Cellar for a delicious light lunch.

A delicious scone at Lyme, Cheshire

The Ale Cellar

In the Edwardian era this is where Lyme's ales were left to mature; gradually developing their distinctive flavours. An Ale Cellar must be a constant temperature, which is why Lyme's is underground. Now in the recently refurbished Ale Cellar, head to the counter for hot and cold drinks, light meals and sweet treats to eat in the Ale Cellar or to take away.

Two cafe staff serve two customers at the counter

The Servant's Hall

The Servant's Hall is the ideal place for anyone wanting to get a quick cup of coffee or tea and a snack if you are about to have a wander in the garden or head out for a walk. It is part of our mission to be environmentally sustainable and responsible, therefore our take-out cups, lids and sandwich packaging (including film and liner) are 100% compostable and made from plant material.

The Timberyard Cafe, pop in for a pot of tea and a scone.

The Timber Yard Café

The Timber Yard has been a hive of activity since its creation in 1904. During the Edwardian period the café was the joiner's workshop. The Timber Yard Cafe serves hot and cold sandwiches, soup, salads, jacket potatoes, a one pot of chilli or stew and finally - what no National Trust property would be complete without - a selection of cakes and scones.

A delicious ice cream treat in our lovely Parlour

The Ice Cream Parlour

This building once housed the engine that powered the estate. During the war years it was used as living quarters for the R.A.F. Fancy an ice cream? Choose from many different flavours of scooped ice cream, topped with sauce and sprinkled with sweets.

A girl holds an ice cream cone while a man leans over to eat it

The Kiosk

Situated in the car park, the Kiosk is the perfect place to grab a quick drink or an ice cream before you start exploring. Forgotten your picnic? The kiosk also sells crisps, sweet treats, sandwiches and a variety of cold drinks.

To complete your Regency experience, why not head to The Salting Room Tea Parlour for a spot of Afternoon Tea?

The Salting Room Tea Parlour 

Enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea in the cosy and quaint Salting Room or adjoining Wyatt Garden. With a delightful mixture of fresh sandwiches, mini cakes and of course our delicious scones all coupled with a pot of tea or coffee, relax and treat yourselves to this divine treat. Booking is always recommended to avoid disappointment.

A girl and man eat at the Servant's Hall Cafe, Lyme

Catering for all at Lyme 

Here at Lyme we will always endeavour to cater for everyone's taste buds and needs and we are proud to have been awarded the Bronze Food for Life Served Here Award. This award recognises the National Trust's commitment to serving local, fresh and honest food made using ethical and sustainable ingredients.

Three women sitting at a table with white mugs and a menu on

Chatter and Natter Table 

As part of the Chatty Café scheme, we are putting a chatter and natter table in our Servants' Hall and Timber Yard Café, where visitors can sit if they can happy to talk to other people.