Eating and shopping at Ightham Mote
A trip to Ightham Mote wouldn’t be complete without popping into the shop or relaxing in the Mote Café. Conveniently located near the start or end of your visit to the house, garden or estate, they are a great way to refuel or pick up a reminder of your day. Don’t miss the second-hand bookshop to pick up your next page-turner.
Enjoy a Christmas Lunch at the Mote Café
Enjoy a Christmas Lunch at the Mote Café
Celebrate the Christmas season with family and friends at Ightham Mote with a hearty Christmas meal in the Mote Café
Eating at the Mote Café
With tasty homemade treats, light lunches and refreshing drinks, Ightham Mote's café is the ideal place to relax during your visit or reward yourself at the end of a walk. The café is next to the car park, and there are toilets at the back of the building. It’s a great way to start and finish your visit.
Specialty coffees and teas
The friendly team of trained baristas serve espressos, lattes, cappuccinos and more. But never fear, we also serve tea – and lots of it.
Cakes and bakes
Choose from a selection of mouth-watering cakes, bakes and scones, with seasonal options throughout the year.
Enjoy delicious, freshly prepared sandwiches, light lunches and hot meals, with many of the ingredients sourced locally.
Al fresco eating
Relax and enjoy an al fresco experience on the Mote Café outdoor patio. If you’d like to enjoy a picnic, then ask us for a take-away option and recline in the deckchairs at the north end of the garden. Dogs on leads are welcome on the patio.
To book the Mote Café for private parties and functions, please contact the Food and Beverage Manager on 01732 811314.
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.
Every cuppa or tasty treat you buy helps us to continue looking after places for everyone to enjoy.
Shopping at Ightham Mote
No visit to Ightham Mote is complete without a browse of the shop. Whether you're after a souvenir of your visit, a new plant for the garden or a treat for yourself or a friend, you won’t be stuck for ideas. The shop is located down the slope into the grounds of the house as you enter from visitor reception.
We have some unusual gifts for you to treat someone special. For those who love to accessorise, we have a selection of items you won't find on the high street, including locally made jewellery. If that someone is more outdoor orientated, then check out the range of walking essentials. For budding chefs, we've a range of cookbooks, and some foods to help inspire. Alternatively, if you're popping round to a friend for a meal, why not take an English wine or local beer?
Don’t miss the exclusive range of Ightham Mote souvenirs to remind you of your visit. We have postcards to send to your friends and family, as well as a comprehensive souvenir guidebook. If you liked the wallpaper in the drawing room, it’s now available on mugs, coasters and trays. Find out what else we have available during your visit.
Food and drink
Whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer something savoury, enjoy a little tipple or prefer something softer, there is something to tempt you. Discover the selection of jams, marmalades and chutneys, chocolate, sweets and biscuits. We also have locally produced Anno Gin, Westerham Beer and Biddenden wine, cider and apple juice. For the cooks among you, there are flavoured oils and dried mushrooms.
For your garden
We have gardener's essentials such as secateurs, tools and kneeling pads, as well as fun and quirky ornaments. There's always room for something extra in the garden, so from late spring to early autumn we have a good selection of garden plants for you to perfect your borders.
If you're trying to help the environment by cutting down on the amount of waste you generate, have a look at the sustainable living range. There are beeswax food wraps, eco-friendly cleaners, re-usable straws, re-usable mugs and water bottles.
The second-hand bookshop is located in Laundry cottage. There are all genres and styles available, and if you’ve got any spare, we are always looking for donations of books for our bookshop. At the moment we are especially after fiction and novels as well as all type of children's books. Currently we might be unable to take hardback reference books. It would be helpful to call ahead at 01732 811203.
For something a little different, browse our selection of rare and collectable books too. Every book you buy from us helps to secure the future of this special place for the next generation to enjoy.
It is through your purchases and support that we are able to continue to care for nature, beauty and history for everyone, for ever.
Enter this medieval half-timbered house across a cobbled courtyard and into the hushed interior. Discover dark wood panelling, huge fireplaces and a mix of furnishings inside.
The garden is at its most colourful during the summer months. With vibrant colours, the buzz of wildlife and space to relax in the historic pleasure grounds, it’s time to make the most of nature.
Uncover the 700-year history of this fascinating medieval house and estate. Discover all about the owners that shaped it over the centuries, their connections and lifestyles.
Ightham Mote is a one pawprint rated place. With so much space to explore your four-legged friend won’t be bored on a day out at Ightham Mote. Find out where they can go and what facilities are available on your visit.
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