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Eating at Nymans

A close up of a Victoria sponge cake on sale in a cafe
Victoria sponge cake on sale | © National Trust Images/Steven Barber

Whether you fancy a meal or just a quick pit-stop on your visit to Nymans, there are tempting treats and hot and cold meals on offer throughout the garden in the Welcome Café, Riding House, horsebox and kiosk.

Boiled clementine cake, a recipe from the National Trust Family Cookbook
Boiled clementine cake | © Jill Mead

The Welcome Café

Located at the top of the garden, right by the entrance, the café serves tempting treats and hot and cold meals throughout the day with indoor and outdoor seating.

The licensed café offers brunch between 10am and 12 noon, as well as light meals, one pots and hot snacks (vegan and vegetarian choices are available). This is where you'll find our full menu which is served from 12 noon - 2.30pm, with food delivered to your table. Last orders are taken 15 minutes before closing.

For younger visitors, we have hot meals and a children's pick 'n' mix selection. Lighter snacks made with seasonal produce are also on offer and you can rely on a deliciously tempting array of cakes and ice creams.

Environmentally friendly products

We're using reusable takeaway cups and a range of disposables which are plant-based, low-carbon products made from renewable and recycled material. These items are fully compostable.

Catering assistants serving visitors in the cafe at Melford Hall, Suffolk
Fresh cakes and bakes at Nymans | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

The Riding House

Now converted into a second cafe, the Riding House next to the mansion at the heart of the garden is open each day from 11am to 3pm (last orders 2.45pm) for wholesome sandwiches, fresh cakes, hot and cold light meals and a selection of drinks. There is space outside too with plenty of tables in the courtyard in front of the house.

With modern facilities and a contemporary atmosphere, the Riding House incorporates elements of the original historic building. Enjoy the relaxed barn like interior with cosy seating and views across the fields and woods from the mezzanine.

Please be aware that The Riding House is bookable for groups and events, so when you visit, some or all of the area may be unavailable. For booking enquiries, please email:

To hire the mezzanine space for weddings, wakes or larger events please contact or give her a call on 07732 063906

The Horsebox

The Horsebox is open seasonally and you can find it in the Riding House courtyard where it offers takeaway hot and cold drinks, sweet treats and ice creams.

The Ice Cream Kiosk

The ice cream kiosk is open seasonally and located just outside our Welcome Café, within the Tea Garden. Find delicious Judes ice cream with unique flavours to tempt you.

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.

The Forecourt Garden at Nymans, West Sussex in June

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