‘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
After much careful consideration and in response to the latest Government advice, we have decided that the House, Collection and the Old Kitchen Tea Room will close at 5pm on Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice. However, Chawton House Gardens will remain open to visitors and a takeaway refreshment service will operate from the Scullery of the Old Kitchen Tea Room.
Monday-Sunday 10:00am-4:30pm (temporarily closed)
Located in the atmospheric Old Kitchen, our tearoom offers a range of delicious light lunches and a selection of cakes for visitors to enjoy. What’s more, access to the Old Kitchen Tearoom is free, so there’s no need to pay for house admission if all you want is to treat yourself to a slice of cake!
We offer tasty homemade wholesome food including changing daily specials, hot jacket potatoes, warm baguettes and cream teas. Our delicious cakes are all made in-house, with a stock of the usual favourites such as Victoria Sponge and a selection which changes through the seasons.
There is courtyard seating in fine weather, and dogs on leads are welcome in outside areas so you can make a day of it and enjoy the gardens too.
Download the Old Kitchen Tearoom Breakfast Menu
Download the Old Kitchen Tearoom Lunch Menu
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!