National Trust Petworth Audit Room Café

Treat yourself at the Petworth Audit Room café

During a visit to Petworth House, stop by our café and enjoy a meal in the historic surroundings of the Servants' Quarters, or grab a takeaway to enjoy outdoors in the Pleasure Garden.

The Audit Room Café

Originally built as a sculpture gallery in 1836, the room later became a handy place for hosting large dinners for tenant farmers and even Christmas parties for the servants. That story is still alive today and the room is now the ideal place to enjoy a meal or have a drink with friends and family on your visit to Petworth.

Opening times

Daily, 10:30am-3:30pm.

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 

If you have any questions about Petworth House or the café, please email petworth@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01798 342 207. 

Payments by card is preferred but cash is accepted.

Entry tickets are required to enter the property and the Audit Room Café. 

The Audit Room café at Petworth House

What was once a room that held Christmas parties for the servants has now become a room where you can relax with a meal during your visit to Petworth. Additional seating areas are available in the courtyard.

What's on the menu?

The Audit Room Café is serving hot and cold drinks, light snacks and a range of hot and cold food, including sandwiches, salads, jacket potatoes and hotpots. You'll also find something to satisfy your sweet tooth with different cakes and scones to choose from. Visitors can sit at one of the tables in the Café or order a takeaway to enjoy outside in the Pleasure Garden where courtyard seats and benches are available. 

Historically, pork was cured and smoked at Petworth House

Pigs at Petworth House

Sussex, as well as Petworth House, is well known for its pork. Historically, pork was cured and smoked where you are standing now, in the Servants’ Quarters. The 3rd Earl of Egremont reared pigs and experimented with their feed to discover the effect on the taste of the meat. The pigs were accommodated in grand style near the house and roamed freely on the lawns. Today, pigs are no longer kept at Petworth House, but you can still enjoy the taste of ham salad sandwiches and rolls at the café (subject to availability).

The historic kitchen at Petworth House

Petworth onion soup 

Complete your experience by recreating this thick, hearty onion soup once cooked at Petworth House. It is an easy to make comforting meal, made extra special by the addition of cheese!

Soil Association's Bronze Food for Life Served Here

We've been awarded the Soil Association's Bronze Food for Life Served Here award.

Nearly all of the dishes (at least 75%) served by us are made by us fresh from scratch and the Food for Life Award guarantees this.

What's more, all of the dishes in our cafe contain honest food that is free from undesirable additives.

All our suppliers provide us with ingredients that meet ethical and welfare standards.

Warm up with a hot drink after a long walk in the Park

Helping us look after Petworth House

All profits from our café go towards funding essential conservation work - so every time you eat or shop here at Petworth House, you're helping us look after this special place. Thank you.

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