Café & Gardens Update – New Menu, Bookings, & Indoor Tables

Café & Gardens Update – New Menu, Bookings, & Indoor Tables


We’re pleased to confirm that from Monday 17th May, The Dovecote Café will once again be taking bookings, and we will be allowing seating indoors, in line with government guidelines.

We kindly ask all visitors read the following information, as there will still be some restrictions in place. Please continue respect social distancing and bear with us as we transition back to a new way of operating.

Thank you! – The Dovecote team

  • Bookings are for tables inside the café only. Patio tables and benches in the gardens are not available for booking but can be used for eating at.
  • If you’re eating at a bench in the gardens away from the café patio, your food can be served in takeaway boxes instead of plates and cutlery if you wish.
  • Indoor tables are a maximum of 6 people or 2 households per group
  • Outdoor tables have limits up to 30 people (although we obviously don’t have tables that can seat a group of 30)
  • Orders must be placed at the counter, and you will be given a buzzer which will notify you when your order is ready for pick-up at the collection counter. Table service will resume in due course.
  • Please use Track & Trace upon entry, either by using the NHS app and scanning QR code, or filling out the details cards we have in the café.
  • Face coverings to be worn inside at all times except for when seated.
  • Please continue to social distance, keeping 2m apart from other visitors not in your group, in the cafe and gardens.

We have a new menu which is available from Monday! Take a look by clicking the image below.

As mentioned, benches around the garden and under the marquee are still available for use for ‘takeaway’, but these cannot be booked in advance.

Please note: no alcohol will be served at the café for the time being.


In the gardens, we just ask that visitors to continue to social distance from those not part of your group. From the 17th May, you can meet in groups of more than 6 and 2 households, with a maximum of up to 30 people.

Private Functions

Private functions will return from the 30th May, with a maximum of 30 people per booking. If you have a private function you would like to hire a section of the gardens for, please get in touch with our events manager at

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