The Stables

Recently refurbished, the Stables offers visitors an historic space to enjoy a delicious, home-made brunch, lunch or afternoon tea. It’s free to enter (no gardens admission required), whether you sit indoors within the warm and welcoming original stables, or outdoors in the stylish, light, glass-covered courtyard. Perfect for a birthday tea, a celebratory lunch, a special catch up with friends or just a casual brunch.

Enjoy full table service and a regularly-changing, unique menu that won’t disappoint.


    Served daily from 10am-11.30am, our lazy brunch is a great way to start the day; with bottomless option at the weekends (NB full table must order).

    Brunch menu


    Lunch service takes place from 12pm – 2.30pm, with a range of options for meat and non-meat eaters. Head Chef Mathew Taylor’s menus are renowned for their generous portions, beautiful presentation and simple, home-made finger-licking comfort. Just make sure that you leave some room for dessert!

    Lunch menu

    Afternoon Tea

    Nothing beats a sumptuous afternoon tea, especially in the stylish settings of the Stables. Great value, with plenty to go around, afternoon teas are available in both sweet and savoury options, and served between 12pm – 4.30pm.

    Afternoon tea menu

    Caffè + Gelato

    Now located in the former Gift Shop, the chic and colourful Caffè + Gelato is open daily, offering a varied assortment of sweet and savoury lunch options, hot and cold drinks and delicious, locally-made gelato by Baboo. Dog-friendly.

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    Good to know

    To eat at The Stables, you are welcome to book a table in advance, or just turn up. To book a table for the Stables, call 01823 414197 between 10am - 5pm.

    The Stables

    • Open from 10am - 5pm (last orders 4.30pm);
    • Free to enter, no gardens admission required;
    • The Stables is fully accessible;
    • Dietary requirements can be catered for;
    • Children's high chairs are available on request;
    • The Stables is partially dog-friendly inside, and fully dog-friendly in the Courtyard.

    Caffè + Gelato

    • Open from 10am - 5.30pm;
    • Free to enter, no gardens admission required;
    • Fully accessible;
    • Seating is available in the Plant Centre, and on the Marquee Lawn;
    • Free to enter;
    • Dog-friendly.


    To enable us to complete renovation work, there will be a change to our opening in the restaurant and cafe in week commencing Monday 2nd August:

    Monday 2nd August: The Stables CLOSED | Caffè + Gelato OPEN

    Tuesday 3rd August: The Stables CLOSED | Caffè + Gelato OPEN

    Wednesday 4th August: The Stables OPEN (serving reduced menu) | Caffè + Gelato CLOSED

    Thursday 5th August: The Stables OPEN | Caffè + Gelato OPEN

    There will be a takeaway service of sandwiches, salads, cakes, ice cream, other light snacks and drinks available on both days.

    Opening times

    The Stables Restaurant is open daily from 10am - 5pm (last orders 4.30pm. Caffè + Gelato is open daily from 10am - 5.30pm. Both are free to enter - no admission required.

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    We aim to use fresh, locally and sustainably sourced ingredients in our food and drink. All takeaway packaging is made of vegware and is compostable, biodegradable and eco-friendly.

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    Follow the Catering team on Instagram for juicy photos of brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and cakes from our latest menus.

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