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Eating and shopping at Wentworth Castle Gardens

Outside the Long Barn at Wentworth Castle Gardens
The Long Barn Café caters to a wide range of tastes. | © James Beck

Choose from a delicious range of seasonal and locally sourced bites in the Long Barn Café, located a short walk from the car park and perfectly placed to kickstart your day. You'll find a treasure trove of pre-loved reads to discover in the second-hand bookshop next to the café and in the new Reading Room upstairs.

The Long Barn Café

Discover our friendly café, perfectly placed to start your day or to grab a cold drink on your way home. Sit indoors or out on the terrace, or take your purchase with you as you explore the garden.

Serving from 10am, the café stays open until an hour before closing - or sometimes a bit longer in the summer. You will need to come through visitor reception and either show your membership card or purchase a ticket before reaching the café and second-hand bookshop.

Also look out for the kiosk in the Play area - open during busy periods for a hot or cold drink and snack.

What's on the menu?

The café at Wentworth Castle Gardens serves a range of hot and cold drinks, as well as snacks including soup of the day, pasties, sausage rolls and sandwiches. You'll also find a selection of cakes and bakes.

If you have a specific dietary requirement, you'll find gluten free sandwiches and scones, and vegetarian/vegan options. We offer soya and oat as alternative milks.


If you have kids, pick up a children’s picnic box, containing a sandwich, two snacks, a sweet treat and a drink. There are also plenty of highchairs available for our smallest guests.

Reusable cups

We are part of the reusable cup scheme. Once you've finished your drink, drop your cup into one of the cup collection points and we'll wash and reuse it. Or better still, bring it back for another brew! This is a huge win for the environment and will also be cheaper for you.

Dogs welcome

Well-behaved dogs are welcome to join their humans inside as well as outside the café. When visiting with a dog, visitors are asked use the indoor tables furthest from the counter and, when feasible, not to bring your dog to the service counter.

There's a ‘doggy drinking station’ to quench your dog's thirst after a day's exploring.

The weather for an ice cream?

During the summer months, look out for the Snugburys ice cream cart near the Conservatory, selling a variety of delicious flavours.

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.

Time for a picnic

You are welcome to bring your own food with you during your visit to Wentworth Castle Gardens.

Find our designated picnic area just in front of the Long Barn Café and enjoy views over the parkland.

Alternatively, bring a picnic rug or find a bench to enjoy a private picnic spot anywhere in the gardens or parkland. During picnic month in June, look out for pop-up picnic spots - when the Wentworth team will share their favourite locations with you.

Paperbacks on a shelf in the second-hand bookshop at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire
Pick up a pre-loved read for the journey home | © National Trust Images/David Goacher

The second-hand bookshop and Reading Room

Located inside the Long Barn, next to the café, the second-hand bookshop offers a selection of pre-loved reads. All the books are kindly donated by visitors and volunteers.

We have just opened our new Reading Room upstairs, which has allowed us to display many more titles, from modern fiction and children’s stories, to travel and recipe books. Take a look on your next visit and let us know what you think.

Donating second-hand books

We’re always happy to receive your pre-loved reads. Every book we sell provides vital funding for conservation work at Wentworth Castle Gardens. If you have any good-quality books you’d like to donate, please drop them at the visitor reception when you arrive on site.

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.

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