Eating and shopping at Montacute House
Whether you're looking for a bite to eat or some retail therapy, Montacute House has something for you. Visit the Courtyard café for a wide range of freshly made snacks, meals and drinks. Then head to the National Trust shop and second-hand book store to pick up a gift or souvenir.
The Courtyard cafe
Whether you’re looking for a light bite, a sweet treat or something more substantial, the Courtyard cafe is sure to satiate your appetite. Everything is freshly made each day, so it's the ideal spot to refuel when visiting Montacute House.
While enjoying your tasty treats, look out for the giant wooden clothes pegs that serve as benches in the courtyard. They’re a reminder that the area was originally a bustling centre for a variety of domestic chores, including baking and laundry.
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.
The National Trust shop
Enjoy some guilt-free browsing at the National Trust shop, knowing that every penny of profit from your purchase will go straight back into helping us look after Montacute House, both inside and out.
Peruse the shelves
Step inside and find a wide selection of household items, fashion accessories, foodie treats and greeting cards. It’s a great place to pick up a present for someone special or a treat for yourself.
There's also a small area containing pocket-money treats for the children to take home as a reminder of their visit.
Many of the seasonal items in the shop take inspiration from National Trust places all over the country, with new items frequently added as the seasons change.
The second-hand book store
The stables were once home to at least ten horses, but now it’s where you'll find a wide selection of pre-loved books. Take some time to browse through the shelves; with everything from factual to fiction, you’re bound to find something to grab your interest.
As the books are so popular, we’re always in need of donations. If you have any books that you would like to rehome, we’d love to take them off your hands. We also welcome jigsaw puzzles (in good condition and with all the pieces, please!).
If you have any questions about making book donations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can usually be left with the team in visitor reception.
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.
Walk the estate at Montacute House and discover nature, views and landmarks to enjoy throughout the season. Bring along your dog and enjoy wide-open spaces.
Explore the garden of Montacute House throughout the seasons. See the yew trees, affectionately known as ‘wibbly wobbly’ hedges, or take a few moments of tranquillity in the Orangery.
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Find the perfect places to eat and refuel after your adventures in Somerset. There are plenty of tea-rooms and cafés serving a wide variety of food and drinks for the whole family to enjoy.