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Eating and shopping at The White Cliffs of Dover

A stylised photograph looking down on table with a cream tea for two, with scones and jam and mugs of tea.
After an inspiring cliff-top walk, why not cool off with one of our lovely cream teas? | © National Trust Images/William Shaw

With far-reaching views, the café at The White Cliffs of Dover is a wonderful place to stop for refreshments. Whatever time of the day you visit, there’s sure to be something to hit the spot – whether it’s coffee and cake or something warm for lunch. Once you’ve refuelled, take a look in the shop for the perfect gift or memento of your time at the famous cliffs.

Eating and drinking at White Cliffs

The café at The White Cliffs of Dover serves a range of hot and cold drinks, sweet treats, snacks and meals throughout the day – made freshly on site for you to enjoy as you take in the views of the world’s busiest passenger port. Seating is available indoors and out.

What's on the menu?

  • Teas, coffees and hot chocolate
  • Fruit, plain and savoury scones
  • Cream teas
  • Traybakes and cakes
  • Soup
  • Pasties and sausage rolls
  • Baked potatoes with a selection of toppings
  • Hot lunchtime meals and much more.

Non-dairy milk and decaffeinated drinks are available on request. Check our blackboards above the servery for today's delicious choices. Hot meals are served between 12 pm and 2.30 pm.

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.

Shopping at The White Cliffs of Dover

Whether you're looking for the perfect gift, a memento of your visit or to treat yourself; there's bound to be something that catches your eye in our well-stocked shop. Please come in and browse. Every purchase helps support our conservation work here at The White Cliffs of Dover.

A colourful, rolled up picnic blanket, sunglasses and water bottle
Make the most of the outdoors with a picnic in your favourite spot | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Sustainable gifts

Whatever the weather throws at you, exciting fresh air adventures and family fun days out are sorted with our outdoor range that includes rucksacks, rugs and more.

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We also have a wide selection of cards for every occasion, paperback and hardback books, as well as edible treats, favourite tipples and household gifts. There are even treats and toys for your four-legged friend.

Gift Cards

Can't decide what to buy for that special friend or family member? Why not treat them to a National Trust gift card, which you can buy in our shop? Gift cards can be redeemed in National Trust cafés and shops (including the online shop). You can also use gift cards to pay for entry to our places or to buy a new membership. You can even use them for National Trust holidays when booked by phone and when you stay at a Historic House Hotel – Hartwell House, Bodysgallen Hall and Middlethorpe Hall. Gift cards will either expire 24 months after the date of issue or 24 months from the last transaction (which ever comes later).


You can join the National Trust at our shop. You'll be issued with a receipt that gives you instant membership for free admission to hundreds of National Trust properties.

Members of the National Trust for England, Wales and Northern Ireland also benefit from free visiting arrangements with 14 similar heritage organisations in other countries including Scotland, Italy, the Bahamas and Canada via the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO).

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.

Second-hand bookshop

Browse our wide range of quality pre-loved books in the entrance to the Visitor Centre and in Edith's bookshop. Named in memory of Edith Burvil - a civilian cook who was killed in 1943 near Fan Bay when a shell landed on the cookhouse - our bookshop has something for everyone.

The bookshop is looked after by a team of volunteers who sort the books to make them easier to find and quickly fill any gaps in the shelves.

Visitor browsing the shelves of a secondhand bookshop
A visitor browsing second-hand books | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Books for all tastes

From novels to short stories, autobiographies to atlases; young or not so young, you're almost bound to find something that you'll enjoy at a price you'll like. Why not buy one as a gift? Be quick though - our books sell fast.

And if your bookshelves at home are nearing collapse, why not relieve them of the strain by donating some books to us? All funds raised in the second-hand bookshop go towards supporting our projects at White Cliffs.

An aerial view of a long stretch of the White Cliffs of Dover in Kent with the white cliffs emerging from the sea and topped with green fields

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