Mottistone Gardens National Trust tea garden
Located by the Shack, our tea-garden offers a range of tempting treats for you to indulge in. So take a well-earned break from wandering the gardens and relax with a refreshing drink, a slice of homemade cake, a cream tea, or even a light lunch.
Open every Sunday to Thursday from 10.30am with last orders taken at 4.30pm (normal admission charges apply), our peaceful tea garden is positioned in what was once the tennis court for Mottistone Manor (PO30 4ED). Thankfully, no tennis balls should come flying past, but a few butterflies may come fluttering by. It makes the perfect place to sip a freshly brewed tea or coffee, and to enjoy a quintessentially British cream-tea.
Range of foods
We always offer a range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches with a variety of fillings, light lunches, warming soup and sausage rolls for cooler days, and a selection of scones and cakes. Our 'Gardener's Lunch' is our own take on a traditional ploughmans and features a tasty cheese scone, tangy pickle, cheese, coleslaw, fresh apple, and salad.
We also have a choice of seating areas, either in our undercover sheltered area or outside, and there are even blankets to snuggle up in on cooler days. Dogs are welcome in the tea garden and a water bowl is provided.
Responsibly chosen and locally sourced
Our menu changes seasonally, and reflects the produce that is available at the time of year. All our food is freshly made and, when available, uses ingredients grown in Mottistone’s organic kitchen garden by our team of gardeners and volunteers. This autumn our apple and blackberry scones are made with apples grown in the orchard.
We also use lots of locally grown products. You'll find Isle of Wight Tomato Stall tomatoes in our dishes and milk from the Island in our teas and coffees.
Perfect picnic spots
If you’d prefer to carry on exploring the gardens, or fancy having an impromptu picnic, then we have various snacks and drinks that can be taken away. One of our favourite places to enjoy a bite to eat is on the benches located on the terraces and banks that encompass the gardens. From here you get a panoramic view of the gardens, the village and all the way to the sea.