Food and drink at Lyme
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 Timberyard Cafe for a drink or a warm snack. If you are up at the house, pop into The Ale Cellar Tea Room for a delicious light lunch.
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 Ale Cellar, let a member of staff show you to your table and take your drinks order from one of our bottles of wine or locally brewed beers. A range of lunches to choose from including soup, sandwiches, sweet and savoury cream teas.
The Timberyard has been a hive of activity since its creation in 1904. During the Edwardian period the café was the joiner's workshop.
The Timberyard 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.
To find your way to The Timberyard Cafe from the main car park, please follow the road round the Mill Pond and it is the set of buildings directly infront of you. You will also find The Timberyard Shop here, toilets, The Bolier House and The Ice Cream Parlour. The other buildings are cottages where residents live so please be respectful in this area, many thanks.
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.
Situated in the car park, the Kiosk is 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.
The Servant's Hall Tearoom
''Every servant sat down at the table. There wasn't one left in the kitchen, or anywhere when that meal was served. Everyone sat down.''
Join that tradition and sit down with sandwiches, hot and cold drinks or a slice of cake. 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 Salting Room Tea Parlour
Enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea in the cosy and quaint Salting Room. 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. Prices start from £15.
To truly feel like a Lord and Lady of the Manor we are delighted to present to you our Regency Afternoon Tea offer. No trip to Lyme would be complete without a visit to the Dressing Room in the House (11am - 3pm) to be dressed in the finest Regency regalia and after exploring the beautiful House and it's wonders you can dine away the hours in the splendid surroundings of The Salting Room Tea Parlour and The Wyatt Garden.
Regency Lyme Afternoon Tea - includes sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea or coffee
The Thomas Legh Afternoon Tea - includes soup, sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea or coffee
The Indulgent Afternoon Tea - includes soup, sandwiches, cakes, scones, tea or coffee and a lovely glass of prosecco
The Salting Room will is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 4pm (last booking 3:30pm) Booking advisable on 01663 761400.
From 26 July - 30 August, the Salting Room is also open on Thursdays.
Room hire also available, please call for more information.
The Ale Cellar Tea Room and The Salting Room Tea Parlour can all be found along the same corridoor up at the House. As you approach the first archway of the House that leads on to the Palladian Courtyard, please look out for signage on your immediate left for entrance to The Servant's Hall and upon entering the Palladian Courtyard please take a left through a large wooden door which will lead you down the corridoor for the Ale Cellar and Salting Room.
Catering for everyone
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. So what does that mean for our foodies out there?
- Menus are designed to make the best use of seasonal ingredients
- Our food and drinks contain more of the good stuff - free from undesirable additives, colouring and sweetners
- Our eggs are always free range - the hens have access to the outdoors and can exhibit natural behaviour
- Food for Life menus are free from endangered fish as recognised by the Marine Conservation Society's 'fish to avoid list.'
Here's a lovely quote from our resident vegan on food at Lyme:
'As Lyme’s resident vegan I like nothing more than popping down to the Timberyard Café mid morning for a home-made flapjack and a soya milk latte. My favourite lunch is the spicy bean chilli one pot when it’s available but I can also recommend a jacket potato with beans and mixed leaves – just make sure to ask for dairy free butter and no coleslaw! The menu is part of the National Trust Cookbook, which means that it changes seasonally and so the summer menu will be available from June (I will update you then on what my new favourite treats are as soon as I have got down there to sample them! )
The catering team are really keen to try and accommodate your needs so please do ask. If it’s beautiful weather then they are sure to be busy so maybe you could give them a call or an email before your visit to have a chat.'