Eating and drinking at Standen House and Garden

A visitor enjoying a traditional scone with jam and cream at one of the National Trust tea-rooms

An 18th-century barn is home to the Barn Café which serves a range of seasonal dishes. Come and enjoy delicious homemade cakes, warm meals and if the weather has been hot then treat yourself to an ice cream. You can also share your day with friends with the free wifi available.

Enjoy your food outside with the family at Standen
Family sit outside at one of the cafe tables at Standen
Enjoy your food outside with the family at Standen

The Barn Café

The Barn Café is licensed and serves breakfasts such as bacon rolls between 10 and 11am and hot meals from 12 - 2.30pm. Lighter snacks made with seasonal produce are also on offer as well as a wide selection of hot drinks, a deliciously tempting array of cakes, ice creams and children's lunch boxes. The Barn Café is open from 10am-5pm.

Morris & Co. Inspired by Nature

Throughout the Morris & Co. Inspired by Nature exhibition at Standen the café will be serving delicious treats inspired by William Morris’s most well-known designs.

Strawberry and lemon traybake inspired by William Morris's design 'Strawberry Thief'
Strawberry and lemon traybake inspired by William Morris's design 'Strawberry Thief'
Strawberry and lemon traybake inspired by William Morris's design 'Strawberry Thief'

The strawberry and lemon traybake was inspired by the William Morris design ‘Strawberry Thief’. The inspiration for this design came about as Morris sat and watched thrushes steal his strawberries from under the fruit nets at his home, Kelmscott Manor – according to his daughter May, it was quite a sight to behold. Therefore, Morris allowed the birds to eat his strawberries as he enjoyed seeing them in his garden, much to the gardener’s dismay. 

For this strawberry and lemon traybake, we are using homegrown strawberries and the Alpine strawberries from our Kitchen Garden. We have also incorporated some lemon, which not only brings some zest to the strawberries, but pays homage to the print of 'Fruit' (or 'Pomegranate') which was first issued as a wallpaper c.1886 and can be found in the alcove of the Billiard Room.

The Alpine strawberries ‘Mignonette’ also known as Wild or Woodland Strawberries, make excellent ground cover and are very easy to grow. They have smaller flowers and fruit than the traditional strawberry but crop over a longer period and are very flavoursome when ripe. These can be found in a shadier area of the Kitchen Garden near the rhubarb and as edging around the currant bed.

The menu board at Standen has also been illustrated with William Morris inspired birds, insects and flowers by food and beverage team member Nichol Dinan.  

William Morris 'Strawberry Thief' inspired illustration by Nichol Dinan
Illustration by Nichol Dinan at Standen of a thrush stealing a strawberry
William Morris 'Strawberry Thief' inspired illustration by Nichol Dinan

Specific requests

There's no need to miss out on a treat at Standen. The menu includes options for vegetarian and gluten free diets with soya milk available for hot drinks. Please ask one of our team if you have any specific dietary requirements.

From plot to plate

Last year our Kitchen Garden provided a staggering 663kg of fresh fruit and vegetables to the Barn café, including 62.7kg of rhubarb. Try tasty seasonal dishes made with produce straight from the kitchen garden at Standen. 

Strawberries for sale at the Brockhampton Estate

Seasonal food and growing 

Local and seasonal food is something that we're passionate about. You'll find our month-by-month calendar of what's in season, with tips on growing your own and recipes from our chefs, essential reading for a low-food mile lifestyle.