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Eating and shopping at Arlington Court

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There's delicious cake just waiting for you | © National Trust Images/John Miller

After a morning spent exploring the house and garden at Arlington Court, some refreshment may be in order. Located in what were once the kitchens for the main house, the aptly named Old Kitchen Tea-Room offers a selection of lunches and light bites to suit every taste. There’s also a small café, open seasonally and at weekends, that serves grab-and-go options. Following your feed, have a browse in the estate's second-hand bookshop.

The Old Kitchen Tea-Room

Stop by the Old Kitchen Tea-Room to enjoy a coffee or a leisurely lunch. Menu options vary throughout the day, but generally include:

Lunch: 12 noon–2.30pm

  • Seasonal soups
  • One-pots
  • Hot snacks such as meat pasties, cheese pasties, curried cauliflower and chickpea pasties (vegan), and sausage rolls

All day: 10am–3.30pm

  • A selection of homemade cakes and tray bakes
  • A selection of hot, cold and seasonal drinks
  • Cream teas
  • A small selection of ice cream

Please note that some of the above may change subject to availability.

A close up of traditional cream tea outside the tea-room at Corfe Castle, Dorset
What better way to round off your day than with a cream tea? | © National Trust Images/David Levenson

The Vine Café

Tucked behind the house and boasting beautiful seating under the sprawling vines of the pergola, this dog-friendly café is a great place to relax outside while visiting Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum.

If you’re short on time, The Vine Café also offers a great selection of grab-and-go snacks, drinks and scooped ice cream.

Allergen information

Most of the food and drink served is prepared on site in our kitchen, using a wide range of ingredients. As a result, we can’t guarantee that any of our food and drink products are completely allergen free.

If you have an allergy or intolerance and would like ingredient information about the food and drink served, please ask the staff, who will be happy to help.

Always check when you visit

Visited before? We sometimes change our recipes to improve quality and flavour, including the ingredients. When you visit, please speak to one of our team to check the current allergen information for your favourite dish.

Thank you

Every cuppa or tasty treat you buy helps us to continue looking after places for everyone to enjoy.

The second-hand bookshop

Pop into the second-hand bookshop at Arlington Court to browse a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction bargains.

All proceeds from the bookshop go directly towards the care and conservation of Arlington Court and the wider estate.

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