‘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
Monday-Wednesday 11:00-3:00pm Dine-in in the Old Kitchen or the Great Hall
On Mondays to Wednesdays in August we will be offering a dine-in option for the Old Kitchen and the Great Hall. We have registered with the Government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme so that we can offer diners 50% off (up to a maximum of £10 per person). 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.
Monday-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 Thursdays 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.
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!