Enjoy waterside dining at the Museum’s stunning new café, with fantastic views across the mill pond.

Open to both Museum visitors and to the general public, our café is also dog-friendly and has free parking.

We champion local food producers and use some of the best products that south east England has to offer. We are passionate about offering fresh, locally sourced and seasonal produce on our menu, accented with herbs and vegetables from our historic gardens. We also favour the use our stoneground flour, milled at our 17th century watermill, where possible. We work in collaboration with local artisan craft producers and suppliers, including South Downs Water, Hairspring Watercress, Picnic & Hamper, More Foods, plus many others. Crafted Coffee, based in Funtington, make our “Lazy Dog” bespoke blend. We guarantee that the food we serve you is of the very best quality and we produce a range of high-quality products that you can take away with you, including stoneground flour, biscuits and our unique blend of coffee.


In addition to our café menu, we offer a changing selection of daily specials plus tasty seasonal soups.

Our menu contains gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Please talk to our team about your dietary needs and any allergies or intolerances – we are happy to help with alternative meal choices where possible.

Please note that the café ceases to serve hot meals at 3pm daily – snacks, drinks and ice creams are available from the counter until closing.

Cafe opening times

  • Open 7-days a week from 9.00am-4.00pm (Museum opens 10.30am)
  • Breakfast served: 9.00am-11.00am – takeaway options available
  • Lunch served: 12noon-3.00pm

Cakes, drinks, ice creams and items from our counter are available all day.

The café is dog-friendly, with pets accepted in the first section of the interior space and on the deck outside.

Free wifi is available to our café customers.

For visitors wishing to picnic, you will find benches and picnic tables near the market square and mill pond, plus in many quiet spots around our 40-acre site. Indoor seating is provided (subject to availability) in the medieval house from North Cray and Building Crafts Gallery.