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.

 

Freshly made carrot cake with carrots from the gardens at Mottistone
Squares of carrot cake on a plate with a label detailing ingredients from the garden at Mottistone
Freshly made carrot cake with carrots from the gardens at Mottistone

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.

Freshly made cheese scones
A tray of cheese scones
Freshly made cheese scones

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.

Enjoy a bite to eat in the tea garden
People sitting around a table under an umbrella in Mottistone tea gardens
Enjoy a bite to eat in the tea garden

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. 

Harvesting fresh, organic produce for the tea garden at Mottistone
A catering assistant picking vegetables in the organic garden at Mottistone
Harvesting fresh, organic produce for the tea garden at Mottistone

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. 

A Victoria Sponge Cake

Allergen Information 

We make most of our food in our busy kitchen at Mottistone, using a wide range of ingredients. Whilst we do our best, we can’t guarantee that any of our products are totally allergen free. We’d love to help you with your choice by telling you about our ingredients, so please speak to one of our team.