Eating at Sutton Hoo

Enjoy a range of tempting seasonal treats from our eateries at Sutton Hoo. Tuck in to flavours that hark back to Anglo-Saxon times and get a taste of history, whether you’re grabbing a quick bite mid-adventure or looking to linger longer.

Opening Times:

King’s River Café: Monday - Sunday: 10.00am – 4.00pm. Lunch menu available 12:00 to 2.30pm each day.
Keepers’ Café: Opening times vary

Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DJ
For more information please contact 01394 389720


Places to eat:

King's River Cafe at Sutton Hoo

King's River Café

Located in a bright, modern building as you enter Sutton Hoo, history won’t be far away with the ghostly shape of our ship sculpture visible through many of its glass walls. On warmer days, take a seat on the verandah as you enjoy the views across this evocative landscape. The King’s River Café offers a wide range of brunch and lunch options as well as an array of tempting cakes and savoury snacks, freshly made by our talented team of chefs and bakers. Making an occasion of it? Why not enjoy our selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including beers, ales, bubbly and gin from Adnams of Southwold - including the aptly named Ghost Ship.

Keepers' Cafe at Sutton Hoo

Keepers’ Café

Conveniently located near Tranmer House and the starting point for our site tours, Keepers’ Café is the perfect place for a quick stop to fuel your Sutton Hoo adventure. Grab a take away drink from our barista machine or select from a range of snacks and ice cream in this cosy space. With outdoor seating, picnic rugs and panoramic views down the valley to the River Deben, this is the perfect spot for a bit of peaceful reflection.

Eating with us


Eating with little ones
We offer children’s lunch boxes, which consist of a sandwich, Pom Bears, a piece of fruit and a carton of juice and a sweet treat. We also have a range of hot meals for little people and there’s colouring in sheets whilst you wait for your food. High chairs are available.

Bringing a picnic
Sunny days and bank holidays can be busy, however you’re always welcome to bring a picnic. We have a choice of two picnic spots- one is located near the car park whilst for adventurers one is on our River View walk with spectacular views over the River Deben. You can also find picnic benches next to King’s River Café and plenty of deckchairs to laze in, whilst the kids enjoy playing with the outdoor games. Pick up a map from our Visitor Welcome team when you arrive, and they will be happy to point you in the right direction.

Trees on the River View Walk
Trees on Sutton Hoo River View Walk
Trees on the River View Walk

A taste of history
To bring history to life, we have a special range of snacks and meals that incorporate ingredients available during Anglo Saxon times. Imagine herb-filled sausage rolls, lamb curries and sweet treats featuring flavours including mead and honey

Something for everyone
We offer a selection of meals and snacks for vegetarians and gluten and dairy free options, so there’s something for everyone.

If you have an allergy or intolerance, please let us know 
Food made here in our busy kitchen is made using a wide range of ingredients. Whilst we do our best, we can’t guarantee that any of our dishes are totally allergen free. We’d love to help you with your choice by telling you about our ingredients. 
Visited before? Please speak to one of our team as ingredients sometimes change

Dogs are welcome 
We know dogs are part of the family too. King’s River Café has a dog friendly zone so look out for the paw logo on the sugar pots to find a suitable table. If your pooch is feeling peckish we also have a special doggy menu with gravy bones to start, a sausage for main and special doggy ice cream for dessert. 

A dog relaxing in a National Trust café
A dog relaxing in the outside seating area of the café
A dog relaxing in a National Trust café

Doing our bit for the environment
At the National Trust we use Vegware packaging made from plants for our disposables, which means that our takeaway cups and lids are fully compostable, low carbon and completely free from plastic. We also sell reusable bamboo cups. 

Where our food comes from
Today the National Trust is the UK’s biggest farmer, looking after over 600,000 acres of farmland with our tenant farmers. Whether it’s for the Bensons juices in your glass or the butter you put on your scones, we require all our farmers to use nature friendly farming techniques. For things we can’t produce ourselves we apply these same regulations to all our suppliers too.