The Dovecote Café is open 7 days a week, with seating available indoors, outside the café and in the gardens. Bookings are available for INDOOR TABLES only. Seating outside is purely on a first come first served basis – we cannot guarantee seating outside on busy days, though we do have lots of benches around the garden. Click here for more information.
Please follow updates here on our website, and on social media, as this is subject to change.
Please read the public health update on our home page for more details on restrictions we will have in place. Thank you!
Food serving times are 10am – 3pm with last food orders at 2:45pm
Fully COVID secure. Face coverings must be worn when making an order, and all customers are required to fill out a track and trace form or log their visit using the QR code in the café which you can scan on the NHS Track & Trace app.
Set in the Walled Garden, The Dovecote café is open 7 days a week all year round (excluding Christmas period), serving breakfasts, brunch, lunch, tea and coffee and cakes. Working in partnership with onsite Social Enterprise and College of Education, Employ My Ability’s (link to EMA website) students gain real life experience in catering, customer service and front of house, working along side our trained professionals.
There is plenty of choice at the Dovecote; whether you want a coffee and cake, afternoon tea for a special occasion, breakfast or lunch, we hope there is something on our menu to cater for everyone. We also offer smaller portions for children and water for dogs, both of which are welcome to visit our café and gardens.
Over the winter months roast dinners are available on a Sunday, these are so good, they have gained quite a following, so make sure you book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Private Functions: The Dovecote Cafe is usually available to hire for celebrations like christenings, baby showers, birthdays, wedding anniversary parties and big family gatherings – however, due to current covid restrictions, for the time being we cannot accommodate bookings larger than 6 people. Keep following our website and social media for updates.