Eating and shopping at Speke Hall
Home Farm restaurant is open every day, serving hot food, sandwiches, cakes and bakes, ice cream, and hot and cold drinks. Why not pick up a second-hand book to enjoy with your coffee in the courtyard? The volunteer-run bookshop is usually open every day, but please check with us beforehand if you’re visiting specially.
Home Farm restaurant
Visiting in the morning? Pop by to tuck into a breakfast brioche barm filled with egg, sausage or bacon. These items are available until 2.30pm while stocks last. Wash it down with a nice hot brew, or choose from a range of cold drinks.
Between noon and 2.30pm, take your pick from a range of delicious paninis, sandwiches, salads, seasonal soups and jacket potatoes filled with your favourite toppings.
Families can pick up a special kids’ lunchbox that will please even the pickiest of eaters, while a bowl of traditional Scouse is always welcome on those colder days.
Cakes and bakes
If you have a sweet tooth, indulge in some classic favourites such as a traditional fruit scone, a slice of handmade Victoria sponge, a piece of flapjack or a chocolate brownie. For a real taste of Speke, try a slice of local favourite Wet Nelly.
Other places to eat
Located in the corner of the orchard, close to the house, the Stable Tea-Room is usually open at weekends and during school holidays. It's a handy place to stop for a drink or a light bite, such as a sandwich, a cake or an ice cream. Take a seat inside what were once stables built for the Leyland family's many guests, or sit outside in the yard or orchard.
Cheshire Farm ice cream kiosks
Alongside the Stable Tea-Room, you'll find kiosks serving award-winning Cheshire Farm ice cream in a range of delicious flavours. The Home Farm kiosk is just a few metres from the play area, making it the perfect place to stop for a pre- or post-playtime treat.
As part of our commitment to becoming more sustainable at Speke Hall, we’re moving towards replacing plastic bottles with recyclable aluminium cans and bottle alternatives. We also provide paper straws on request, while all of our disposable packaging is plant based (though we prefer our customers to use reusable crockery and cutlery where possible).
Don't forget to bring your own reusable cup to receive a 25p discount on hot drinks.
Out in the gardens and grounds, we use peat-free compost and produce lots of our own fruit and vegetables in the Kitchen Garden, which are then used in dishes in the restaurant. That's about 100 yards from plot to plate.
We're also committed to serving local, fresh and honest food made using ethical and sustainable ingredients. We've been recognised with several awards, including being one of only seven restaurants in Merseyside to be given a Good Food Award in 2020.
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.
‘We've been visiting Speke Hall as a family for the past seven years, at least once a week. It's a place for us to relax, and we find it very stimulating for our daughter, who's severely disabled. We really look forward to catching up with the team on our visits. They consistently go above and beyond for us, often reserving a table during busy periods to accommodate Alicia’s wheelchair, enabling us to enjoy a stress-free day out. It means the world to us: there aren't as many places as you might think that can offer this level of service, understanding and warm welcome.’
– Brian, Julie and Alicia: regular visitors at Speke Hall
Second-hand bookshop at Speke Hall
Tucked away in the historic buildings at Home Farm is Speke Hall's second-hand bookshop, Speke’s Volumes. Pop in and discover a treasure trove of fiction and non-fiction, and support the important conservation of Speke at the same time.
As the second-hand bookshop is run by volunteers, opening times can vary, but it's usually open every day in the early afternoon. If you'd like to pop in specially to find your next page-turner, please call the shop the day before or in the morning of your visit to check that it's open.
View our rare and collectible books
Speke's Volumes has a section dedicated to rare and collectible books, which contains some real treasures that have been donated to us. We research and price each book individually, with every penny directly supporting our conservation work. If you have a question or would like to reserve a book, please email us.
Donate your pre-loved books
Your second-hand book donations are always welcome; please donate your books by dropping them off at reception. You can pop in any day of the week during opening hours.
All genres and age ranges are welcome. From classic romances to the latest thrillers, your stories could help us share Speke's stories for generations to come.
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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Pick up a book from a second-hand bookshop to keep or share. Every purchase will raise funds for conservation projects at the places in our care.
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From peaceful strolls through colourful borders, to adventures in the woodland and spotting wildlife in the secret garden, there's plenty of seasonal joy to find at Speke Hall.
This pass scheme is available to residents of Speke and some parts of Garston. With the pass, you and your family will be able to visit Speke Hall for free throughout the year.