Wattle & Daub café

Enjoy waterside dining at the Museum’s stunning new Wattle & Daub café, with fantastic views across the mill pond from the interior and the café deck. Open to Museum visitors and the general public, our cafe is also dog friendly.

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 regular menu, we offer a changing selection of daily specials, including:

  • Red Thai chicken curry with rice
  • Venison toad in the hole with mash
  • Steak & ale pie with sauté potatoes
  • Chicken Kerala

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

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

Please note that the cafe will close at 1pm on Wednesday 20 December for the annual staff Christmas Party.

  • Open 7-days a week from 9.00am – 4.00pm (Museum opens 10.30am)
  • Breakfast served “all day”: 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Lunch served: 12noon – 3.00pm

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

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.