COVID-19 UPDATE: The Old Kitchen Tearoom is offering table service in the Courtyard on a first come, first serve basis, Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.

The gardens, tea shed and parkland remain open. More info.

‘The dinner too in its turn was highly admired. He begged to know to which of his fair cousins the

excellence of its cookery was owing. But here he was set right by Mrs. Bennet who assured him

with some asperity that they were very well able to keep a good cook, and that her daughters had

nothing to do with it’

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 1813

Cakes in the Old Kitchen Tearoom
© Claire Lewis Photography 2019

From Wednesday 14 April the Old Kitchen Tearoom reopens to the public… in the courtyard!

Surrounded on all sides by beautiful, historic brickwork festooned with foliage, with stunning views of the Library Terrace and grounds through the archway, where better to order a cup of tea and slice of cake or a delicious light lunch?

There are just seven tables within the courtyard with visitors seated on a first come, first serve basis. You do not need to have booked a garden ticket to visit the Old Kitchen Tearoom in the courtyard. If you do wish to take a stroll in the grounds afterwards you can purchase a garden ticket on site.

The Courtyard Tearoom and Gardens are open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

Please note, all visitors to the tearoom must either use the NHS track and trace app or agree to leave their contact details with the Chawton House team.

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Takeaway service

The Old Kitchen Tearoom is not currently open for takeaway – you can instead visit our Tea Shed on the driveway (scroll down for more information).

We are offering a selection of cakes and treats, including our popular ‘afternoon tea in a box’ for collection or delivery. See our what’s on page for more details.

(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.

Afternoon Tea

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 to find out more and to book.

Alternatively, if you are looking for a gift for a loved one, why not purchase one of our vouchers via the online shop?

© Claire Lewis Photography 2019

© Claire Lewis Photography 2019

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.

© Claire Lewis Photography 2019

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!