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Eating and shopping at Nostell

A member of staff smiles as she pours steamed milk for a customer at the Courtyard Café at Nostell Priory
Enjoy a hot drink during your visit to Nostell | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

The Courtyard Café serves up a wide range of food and drinks, while the Bite to Eat takeaway – open on the busiest days – is a great choice for refreshments on the move. If you’re looking for a souvenir or a gift for a friend, head to the National Trust shop, where you’ll find a selection of products inspired by the places we care for. There's even a second-hand bookshop for picking up a pre-loved literary gem.

The Courtyard Café

The café serves food that's freshly prepared using local, seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients, some of them coming from the estate's own kitchen garden. On some occasions, you may also find fresh surplus on the corner stall in the courtyard, which can be taken home in exchange for a small donation.

Whether you are simply visiting Nostell for a walk in the parkland or spending the day exploring the house and gardens, the café is located in the central courtyard area which means you'll have access to refreshments on every visit.

What's on the menu?

A selection of light meals, drinks and savoury snacks, as well as sweet treats and bakes. We also offer kids’ sandwiches, crisps and drinks.

We can highly recommend the rhubarb flapjack, made with rhubarb from Nostell's own kitchen garden.

Dog friendly

The Courtyard Café has outdoor seating and space inside where dogs and humans alike can rest and refuel. Inside, the dog friendly tables are at the rear and are cleary marked. When visiting with a dog, visitors are asked to use the door closest to these tables and when feasible, not to bring the dog to the service counter.

Please keep your dog under close control when seated in the restaurant.

Remember your reuseable cup

You are more than welcome to bring your own reusable cup – you'll get 25p off your hot drink as a thank you.

Bring your own picnic

Packing sarnies to bring with you? You'll find a picnic spot with benches located to the left of the path as you leave the car park and walk towards the house. There are also plenty of benches in the gardens or beside the lake for you to settle down and enjoy your food with a view. In the summer, the grass in front of the house is a popular spot for families to set down blanket for a picnic and play time.

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.

A shelving unit displaying a range of National Trust retail items.
The National Trust shop has lots of gifts and souvenirs | © National Trust Images/Rachel Whiting

The National Trust shop

Whether you’re looking for a gift for someone special or simply want to treat yourself, you're sure to find something that inspires you in Nostell's National Trust shop. From delicate scarves, available in a variety of unique designs, to stylish homeware and tasty treats, it's a real treasure trove of goodies.

Looking for something extra-special to remind you of your visit to Nostell? We’ve sourced a range of delicious drinks and nibbles crafted by artisans in the local area. Made from cold-pressed white grapes, Sing Gin is a silky smooth tipple packaged in a delightfully elegant bottle. Or, for a yummy Yorkshire staple, try out Lottie Shaw’s parkin.

A little retail inspiration

A cushion with a floral decoration and colourful pastel throws
Decorate your home for spring with throws and cushions | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Home from home

Get your home ready for spring with embroidered floral scatter cushions, pastel throws and sweet daisy mugs. Throw open the windows and fill the air with the light and airy scent of cotton and hydrangea from a National Trust diffuser.

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The second-hand bookshop

Neatly tucked away in the Stables courtyard, the second-hand bookshop is a great place to find some literary stimulation.

Donations of pre-loved books are greatly appreciated, so do bring any that you've finished with. Or, if you have more than a bag or a box, give us a call to arrange a good time to drop them in.

Paperbacks on a shelf in the second-hand bookshop at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire
There's a huge selection of second-hand books to browse | © National Trust Images/David Goacher

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.

The exterior of the mansion at Nostell Priory and Parkland on a damp day in winter

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