COVID-19 UPDATE: The Old Kitchen Tearoom will be closed from 5th November to 2nd December. We will be serving a light takeaway menu from The Tea Shed (located on our driveway, opposite St Nicholas Church).
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Wednesday to Sunday 11:00-3:00pm Dine-in in the Old Kitchen Tearoom
We have re-opened the Old Kitchen Tearoom with a small capacity of table for dine in. Tables are for a maximum of 4 people and must be reserved in advance. To allow for safe social distancing, spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Wednesday to Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm Takeaway service
The Old Kitchen Tearoom is open for takeaway 7 days a week, serving a homemade menu of lunches, cakes, tea, coffee, cool drinks and ice cream. Download the menu here.
Orders can be placed online in advance, or in person. There will be a table placed in the courtyard for collection of orders. Please maintain a safe social distance from others and stick to the queue markers as needed.
You can enjoy your food on the South Lawn, there are some tables and chairs but you are also welcome to bring a picnic rug (or purchase one from our gift shop).
Please note that, at present, the Tearoom is able to cater for ticket-holders only. On Wednesdays to Sundays we have opened ‘the Parkland Pantry’ (located opposite St Nicholas Church), selling takeaway refreshments outside the grounds to cater for non-ticket holders.
(c) Claire Lewis Photography
Wednesday-Sunday 10:00am-3:00pm The Tea Shed (except in extreme weather)
Why not visit our brand new refreshments hut, the Tea Shed whilst out for a stroll in the wider parkland? Parkland walks are free of charge and the Tea Shed is located outside the Chawton House grounds so is open to ticketholders and non-ticketholders alike. Enjoy a freshly roasted coffee, hot chocolate and a sweet treat to warm you on your winter walk.
By appointment (with a minimum of one week’s notice), we can arrange afternoon tea for your party. Our tea includes a selection of sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, homemade cakes and a hot drink of your choice. Prices start from £12 per person, please contact us on email@example.com to find out more and to book.
We’re delighted to say that in 2018 we maintained our 5 star hygiene rating for the second year running!
The History of the Old Kitchen
The Old Kitchen, built in 1592, was at the heart of a cluster of spaces where the servants carried out their work, including the Scullery, Wine Cellar, Game Larder, Well House and Pump Room. Enjoy several period features whilst taking tea, such as the early Victorian range set into a brick alcove, a late-Georgian dresser, a copper kettle and two coffee grinders attached to a timber post above the work table. The bowed table in the picture above dates from the eighteenth-century and has been worn to an uneven surface by centuries of chopping and scrubbing.
The Old Kitchen can be found on the ground floor at the end of the Servants’ Passage. There is additional seating in the Courtyard, which offers stunning views of the Library Terrace and grounds through the archway. We hope you enjoy your visit!