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Old Dairy Café

Quality homemade food

As the name suggests, the Old Dairy Café can be found in one of the original Estate Dairies. Converted in 2017, it has retained the original features of the building. The café team is headed up by chef Chris Larman and cafe manager Didier. The café includes a beautiful indoor seating area with plenty of space as well as additional outdoor tables within the courtyard. It is located at the entrance of the gardens; dogs are welcome in all areas except for the walled garden.

This week:
open Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th April
09.00 – 17.00

01304 695098

Usual opening days Wednesday to Sunday


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Locally sourced

Our home-baked cakes and scones are always popular, including Victoria sponge, Coffee and Walnut, Lemon drizzle, and Vanilla shortbread, among many others. We have a barista coffee machine serving all the coffee shop favourites.

We also have a large selection of soft drinks, including sparkling rhubarb and elderflower from a local company in Kingsdown, and our own ‘famous’ Goodnestone Park apple juice. The café is licensed, serving wine and beers from established local brands, including Chapel Down and Shepherd Neame.

Within the café is a shop with gifts, our honey, apple juice, candles and a lovely range of cards.

The perfect Afternoon tea

We visited The Old Dairy Café for the first time for a family afternoon tea, and everything was perfect! The surroundings, the food, the staff all made for a fantastic combination and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We're so pleased we've found you, see you again soon - Trip Advisor June 2021

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A passionate chef

Chris is passionate about homemade food using top quality, local ingredients. He is enjoying collaborating with Head Gardener Paul Bagshaw on produce being grown in the gardens to create a varied seasonal lunch menu. Chris makes all of the bread on the menu, with sourdough being the customers’ favourite for toasties.

Anything not produced on site is sourced from a carefully selected list of suppliers, including O’Brien Butchers based in Dover, Chapmans Seafood and C&M Hayes, our local vegetable supplier.

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Our Menus

We use top quality and local ingredients. In addition to our standard menus, please take a look at our Specials board when you visit.

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Gift vouchers available

Choose from a wide range of denominations or any of our treats.