Eating and drinking at Stowe

Our café is open with outdoor and indoor seating and takeaway food and drink everyday, 10am-5pm and from 9am on weekends. Hot and cold drinks and food are available from our Potting Shed Café Kiosk, with a fuller menu from the café. Our Potting Shed Café Kiosk is currently open weekends 10am-4pm. The information below will tell you more about what to expect.

How it works

  • You can find the café at the back of the New Inn, via the plant centre and next to the shop, on the way to and from the garden.
  • The New Inn is free to enter, and free to park. Enjoy meeting friends of coffee, or pop by for a bite of lunch whenever takes your fancy, we would love to see you.
  • You can enjoy your food and drink as a takeaway from the café, or take a seat in one of our courtyards or inside
  • Our Potting Shed Café Kiosk is on your way to the garden, serving takeaway hot and cold drinks, ice creams and refreshments on the weekends.
  • There are protective screens at the till and collection points, and hand sanitiser available. 
  • Face coverings are recommended in enclosed, crowded spaces
  • We prefer card payments, contactless whenever possible, but we do accept cash.
Enter the café from the courtyard at the back of New Inn
The café entrance at Stowe from the courtyard
Enter the café from the courtyard at the back of New Inn

When to visit

  • Our café is open 10am-5pm, and we open at 9am on weekends
  • Our Potting Shed Café Kiosk is open weekends, 10am-4pm
  • Normal admission applies or free to National Trust members.
  • You will need to pre-book tickets to visit Stowe

The menu

We're serving hot and cold food and drinks, and light refreshments. You'll find freshly made sandwiches, sausage rolls, pasties on the menu as well as freshly baked cakes, confectionary and crisps to choose from. All of our food is currently available as takeaway, or take a seat if you are buying from our cafe.

What's on the menu?

Danish pastries at Packwood


Along with your morning brew or coffee, treat yourself to one of the freshly baked pastries on offer. Or if you prefer something savoury try one of the sausage rolls. We also have breakfast baps on each morning, perfect before a walk.

Takeaway food and drink from the Orchard Tea-room at Dudmaston in Shropshire


You can pick up a light lunch as a takeaway with sandwiches, pasties and baguettes on offer. All of our menu is freshly prepared at Stowe each morning.

Close-up of a cream tea

Treat yourself

Why not reward yourself after a walk with a cream tea, or piece of cake? We bake daily here at Stowe for you to enjoy, take a look at our seasonal specials or enjoy a classic victoria sponge


Plants not plastic

The takeaway packaging you will get your food and drink in are made from a plant based material - not plastic. This makes them fully compostable after they've been used, and helps the environment in the future too.

Help us recycle as much as we can at Stowe – please place your vegware takeaway containers in our bin for composting. This waste gets composted here at Stowe, and in 12 weeks time, will be back on the ground at Stowe enriching the soil.

What to expect when you visit

If you have quetions about our food and drink offer, take a read of our FAQ's to help find your answer.

Thank you

We look forward to welcoming you back, and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone. Each time you spend money in our café, it helps keep places like Stowe special – thank you.

Recently re-instated statues at Stowe, thanks to the funding of our Landscape Programme.
Statues in a garden
Recently re-instated statues at Stowe, thanks to the funding of our Landscape Programme.