National Trust Standen Barn Cafe

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, and hot and cold drinks. Come and enjoy homemade cakes and hot meals, some made with produce from our Kitchen Garden. You can also share your day with friends with the free wifi available.

Opening times

Spring, summer & autumn (01 Mar-31 Oct)

Daily, 10am-5pm

Last orders 4:45pm

Winter (01 Nov-29 Feb)

Daily, 10am-4pm

Closed Christmas Eve and Boxing Day

Last orders 3:45pm

Standen House and Garden, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4NE

For more information, please call 01342 323029 or email standen@nationaltrust.org.uk

An entry fee is required to be paid to enter the property, including gaining access to the Barn Café which is located by the property entrance. National Trust members entry is free.

Visitors sitting outside the cafe at Standen House, West Sussex

Barn Café at Standen

Stop at the licensed Barn Café for breakfast from 10-11am or a hot meal from 12-2.30pm, with the menu often featuring home-grown seasonal produce. Lighter snacks, hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes, scones, ice creams and children's meal options are also available. Relax indoors on rainy days or outdoors on chairs and tables amongst the courtyard flowers. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor café seating area and in the Potting Shed, which is connected to the café, and has indoor seating available.

Cheese scones in a baking tray at a National Trust property

Seasonal menu

The changing of the seasons is reflected in Standen's Barn Café menu from warming soups to light summer salads. The dishes often include home-grown fruit and vegetables from the Kitchen Garden at Standen, too.

Fig, honey and orange cake on a white plate with sliced figs

Bake of the season

This fig, honey and orange cake was inspired by William Morris’s ‘Tapestry Trees’ poem and the ‘Fruit’ (or ‘Pomegranate’) design. It combines figs and oranges, and also incorporates the honey produced right here at Standen into the recipe when it’s available. This provides a sweet and moist cake, with the unmistakable texture of figs. A light honey buttercream topping finishes the cake off perfectly. Try it in the café when you visit.

Visitor eating a cream tea

Something for everyone

With a range of seasonal dishes, including vegetarian and vegan, and a children’s menu there is something for everyone at the Barn Café. There's no need to miss out as there are gluten free options and soya milk is available for hot drinks, too. One of our team would be happy to discuss ingredients with you, and advise on any dietary requirements. Dogs are welcome in our outdoor seating area and the Potting Shed as well so all the family can enjoy a day out.

Our commitment to great food

Gardener and catering assistant selecting produce from the Kitchen Garden at Standen, West Sussex

Seasonal home-grown produce

A true plot to plate story, last year our Kitchen Garden provided 663kg of fresh fruit and vegetables to the Barn café, including 242kg pumpkin/squash, 75kg apples, 66kg beetroot, 62.7kg rhubarb and 26.4kg potatoes. Try tasty seasonal dishes made with produce straight from the garden here at Standen.

Illustration by Nichol Dinan at Standen of a thrush stealing a strawberry

Morris & Co. Inspired by Nature

Throughout this exhibition at Standen the café is serving delicious treats inspired by William Morris's designs - take a look at our bake of the season. The menu board has been illustrated with William Morris inspired birds, insects and flowers by food and beverage team member Nichol Dinan.