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Eating and shopping at Canons Ashby

A child enjoying a scone with jam and cream inside a café
Enjoy a snack or light lunch | © National Trust Images / John Millar

Grab a bite to eat in the tea-room at Canons Ashby or find a souvenir to remember your visit in the Coach House shop. Head to the old brewhouse, where you'll find the second-hand bookshop with a range of great new reads to suit adults and children alike.


The tea-room is ready to welcome you and has seating both indoors and outside in the picturesque couryard garden. The menu changes regularly, but there's always a tempting range of cakes, bakes, hot snacks and sandwiches on offer along with a choice of hot and cold drinks.

Please note, to visit the tea-room, you'll need to come through visitor reception after purchasing your ticket or showing your membership card.

At peak times, such as school holidays, weekends and bank holidays, the tea-room and tack room can become very busy. Please be mindful there may be queues and the wait time for refreshments may be slightly longer than usual.

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.

The Coach House shop

We welcome you to The Coach House Shop, whereby you can complete your visit to Canons Ashby.

From National Trust product ranges, including Fashion, Homeware, Food, and Garden products, The Coach House Shop has plenty on offer to make an ideal gift for any special occasion. Plus, we have plenty of treats and souvenirs in stock, including locally sourced products, uniquely made for us as a site.

We have plenty of seasonal products, so whatever the time of year, you’ll be sure to find something perfect to remember your special day out, here at Canons Ashby. Every purchase you make supports the care of Canons Ashby for everyone, forever - thank you.

Garden sales

Browse through the plants for sale on the day of your visit, with some varieties grown right here in the garden. Find the plants you've admired in the gardens at Canons Ashby to take home and continue to enjoy in your own garden.

Staff member sorting the potted plants in the plant centre at Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire
Enjoy summer shopping in the Coach House Shop | © National Trust Images | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

The Brewhouse bookshop

From science fiction to gardening books, cross stitch instructions to murder mysteries, there are plenty of second-hand books to browse in the Brewhouse bookshop.

The books have been kindly donated by visitors and supporters and the money raised has gone to support the conservation and continued running of Canons Ashby.

Small donations of books are now being accepted. If you plan to make a donation, please email the team:

The Brewhouse was used to brew beer between the 17th and 19th centuries, supplying the house, estate and workers. In the 20th century, it was best known for featuring an old picture of famous goldsmith Louis Osman with Prince Charles’ crown of investiture, which he created at Canons Ashby in the 1960s. It is believed by some this may have been the sapce where it was worked on.

Some visitors remember having a brew in the Brewhouse when Canons Ashby first opened, as it was the location of the first tea-room.

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.

Visitors walking along a grass path through the garden at Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire. There are summer flowers in bloom on the right and neatly clipper topiary can be seen in the background with the house behind.

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