Eating and shopping at Watersmeet

Don’t feel like you have to come here just to walk. Watersmeet House has been serving teas since as far back as 1901. We’re happily continuing this fine tradition, as we know a visit to the West County isn’t quite complete without biting into a freshly cooked scone, thickly layered with clotted cream and strawberry jam (or whortleberry jam, an Exmoor speciality). Ours have quite a following with people coming back time and time again to sit on the riverbank and indulge.

Frothy coffee, or plain honest tea

After you've had a good walk, nothing beats a good hot drink, our tea and coffe are from fairtrade suppliers. We've also got a great range of herbal teas, and for a real treat, we do a luxurious hot chocolate. Of course, we are also famous for our cream teas - delicious any time of year.

Indulge in a traditional cream tea
Slate cream tea all ready to eat in the sun in the garden
Indulge in a traditional cream tea

A hearty lunch or a light snack

Every day there is a great selection of freshly prepared food to choose from. Whether its a warming bowl of soup you fancy, a lovely piece of quiche with salad, or how about trying our ploughman’s with a delicious new local chutney, then buy a jar of it in our shop to take home?

Take a look at our menu

A warming winter soup
Squash soup with seed gremolata
A warming winter soup

Our food is tradional National Trust fare and we also sell the new National Trust cookbook with many of the recipes we use day to day in the shop at Watersmeet.

Special diets - gluten free - We stock a great range of gluten free food. Choose from lovely home-made soup and roll, a gluten free cream tea, savory tart, cakes and brownies. No need to miss out on a treat at Watersmeet.


Our shop

  • Lovely National Trust rugs in all colours, beautiful mugs and cookware.

  • Exmoor jams, and Devon honey, biscuits and fudge, you'll easily find a tempting treat.

  • Books for everyone from local interest to stories for children.

  • Make the most of our local maps and guides. Our walks leaflet features six of the best walks.

  • Locally made pottery and handmade cushions

  • A memento of your visit; mugs, tea towels, bookmarks and fridge magnets all with an image of Watersmeet House on them.
Take your pick of our tasty jams
Jam for sale at Allan Bank and Grasmere, Cumbria
Take your pick of our tasty jams
A pot of jam and cream next to a scone

Fruit scones

Try our delicious scone recipe from Watersmeet tea garden

A gluten free, gooey brownie

Chocolate brownie

Try making our squidgy indulgence; chocolate brownies.