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Eating and shopping at Dunstable Downs

A stylised photograph looking down on table with a cream tea for two, with scones and jam and mugs of tea.
Indulge yourself... | © National Trust Images/William Shaw

Located at the Chiltern Gateway Centre, Dunstable Downs’ View Café has a spectacular view over the Vale of Aylesbury to enjoy while you snack. Stop by the shop and grab a souvenir of your visit, or a tempting treat to take home.

View café

The café serves a great menu with a selection of hot and cold dishes to suit the whole family. These include the ever-popular sausage rolls, pasties, cakes, and delicious ice cream – there’s something to suit everyone.

The menu varies daily, depending on the season and we try to include a vegetarian dish each day. We source ingredients locally where possible. The salads, jacket potatoes, paninis and deli rolls are freshly made each day by the team at Dunstable Downs.

Visitors enjoying refreshments at the View Café, Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire
The View Café at Dunstable Downs serves a wide range of refreshments | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

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.

Selection of 'explorer' items from the National Trust shop, featuring activity book, magnifying glass and binoculars.
Ready for an adventure? | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Shopping at Dunstable Downs

Whether you're looking for some outdoor fun, a treat for yourself or to take home a souvenir of a wonderful day, there's something for all ages in our Dunstable Downs Shop. From outdoor toys, games and kites to items for your four-legged friends. As well as tasty treats and locally made products. Step inside the Dunstable shop and explore.

For kids and families

Our shop supports families to explore and embrace the great outdoors with a range of fantastic outdoor toys, including a wide range of kites perfect for flying on Dunstable Downs. With quirky pocket money ideas, wooden toys, fun family games, educational toys, pretend play ideas and gorgeous plush animals looking for a new home – we’ve got playtime covered, however old you are.

Stylish stationery

Whether you’re just saying hello, jotting down that crucial ingredient or saving a date, our beautiful stationery range features notebooks, shopping list pads, notecards, calendars, and full stationery sets. Best of all, everything is UK-made.

Tasty treats

The fruity jams, tasty curds, and crunchy biscuits on sale in the shop are all UK-made and completely moreish. So, if you’re looking for food and drink gifts or just something delicious for your own table, there'll be something to tempt your taste buds.

Shop local

We're passionate about supporting local artist, designers and crafts people, to bring high quality local produce to the Dunstable shop. We stock a large range of locally products including prints, greetings cards, ales, jewellery, glassware and home fragrances.

Thank you

It is through your purchases and support that we are able to continue to care for nature, beauty and history for everyone, for ever.

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