Food and drink at Lyme

A delicious scone at Lyme, Cheshire

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 Cafe for a drink or a warm snack. If you are up at the house, call in the tea room for a delicious light lunch.

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

Timber Yard Cafe

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.

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, facilities, 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.

A delicious ice cream treat in our lovely Parlour
A delicious ice cream treat in our lovely Parlour

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. 

The Kiosk

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.

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

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 for £15

The Thomas Legh Afternoon Tea - includes soup, sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea or coffee £18.50

The Indulgent Afternoon Tea - includes soup, sandwiches, cakes, scones, tea or coffee and a lovely glass of prosecco for £22.50

The Salting Room will be open again from the 27th of March 2017 Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12pm - 4pm (last booking 3:30pm) Booking advisable on 01663 761400.

Room hire also available, please call for more information.

The picturesque and peaceful Wyatt Garden, that can be enjoyed by visitors having Regency Afternoon Tea
The picturesque and peaceful Wyatt Garden, that can be enjoyed by visitors having Regency Afternoon Tea

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.