Eating

Refreshments to enjoy at this famous royal residence

Refreshments to enjoy at this famous royal residence

We have three dining options for you to choose from:

  • The Tiltyard Café
  • The Privy Kitchen Café
  • The Fountain Court Café
Maids of Honour cakes

The Tiltyard Café

Whether you’re looking for a hand-crafted coffee, an indulgent cake or a hot lunch, the Tiltyard’s bright café and deli has what you need.

Take a seat inside or on the sunny terrace and enjoy freshly made sandwiches, soups, salads and hearty hot meals. With meal options on the menu for children, this is the perfect spot for a family lunch.

Opening times

  • Summer (March to October)
    09:30-18:00
  • Winter (November to February)
    09:30-16:30

Browse the Tiltyard cafe sample menu

The Privy Kitchen Café

Situated at the heart of the palace, the Privy Kitchen is an ideal spot for a quick bite to eat. The Privy Kitchen Café serves a variety of hot drinks, sweet treats, Tudor-style pies and soups. 

Did you know? Beef & ale pie is said to have been Henry VIII’s favourite treat after a tennis match.

Opening times

  • Summer (March to October)
    10:00-17:30
  • Winter (November to February)
    10:00-16:30
Two female visitors at the cafe till point. A selection of cakes and muffins can be seen in the foreground.

The Fountain Court Café

Take a relaxing break in peaceful surroundings. Enjoy light lunches, sweet treats, afternoon teas and refreshments. 

Opening times

  • Summer 
    11:00-17:00
  • Winter
    Closed 

To book a table, call: +44 (0)20 3166 6000

Picnic in the gardens

Enjoy a picnic in the iconic gardens of Hampton Court Palace. Bring your food and a comfortable blanket from home, and enjoy this unique picnic location with plenty of space for the kids to run around. 

  • Picnickers must have a valid Palace admission ticket to access the formal gardens, but picnicking in the informal gardens (such as the Tiltyard Garden, Rose Garden and Wilderness) is free of charge.  

Inside the buildings

To help protect our palace, food and drink is not allowed within the confines of any of the buildings except in designated areas.