Food and Drink at Rufford Abbey

No matter your budget or appetite we have a fantastic range of food and drink here at Rufford Abbey to suit you.

From our delicious selection of hot drinks, cakes and pastries at the Coach House Cafe through to freshly fired pizzas, we have plenty for you to try. Or if you are simply looking to pick up an ice-cream or drink on site we can accommodate you too through our ice-cream kiosks.

Read on below to find out more about our catering options.


Coach House Cafe

The Coach House Cafe building was the original Coach House forming part of the stables and outer courtyard complex, it was first built in 1725 to house the estate's horse drawn carts, coaches and carriages. It was enlarged between 1837 - 1840 to its present size, with the addition of a large two storey rear extension, and then the side tower was added to give access to the upper floors where originally feed and tack would of been stored.

Today the Coach House is a cafe open all year round providing visitors with a tempting range of quality snacks and light meals.

The Coach House cafe also serves excellent whole bean coffee and a wide range of hot drinks. Customers can enjoy the history of the inside seating area or enjoy the seating in the large external courtyard area, which is covered for any inclement weather.

Coach House Cafe Coffee Cart, an historic Citroen H van. Converted to be able to offer a range of excellent whole bean coffee and a wide range of hot drinks, delicious morning pastries and hot snacks and cold drinks and ice cream.

Rufford Mill Tea Shop

The Rufford Mill was first built as a corn mill around 1750 when the lake was constructed and was incorporated in 1790 into the two storey classical building there today.

Today the Mill tea Shop provides a great point for refreshments once you have walked the lake serving a range of excellent whole bean coffee and a wide range of hot drinks, delicious pastries and pies, hot snacks and cold drinks and ice cream.

Ice Cream Parlour and Kiosks

Why not try our award winning ice cream at the Ice Cream Parlour?  Located in the Abbey Stables Courtyard, there are many exciting flavours to try. Treat yourself to a scoop or two!

Our ice cream outlets are open whenever the sun is shining, serving cold drinks and ice cream and helping you to make your trip to Rufford the perfect family day out.

Contact us today on: 01623 677688

Business Hours

  • Park Grounds:   Dawn to dusk
  • Admin Office:   10am - 4pm
  • Gift Shop:   10am - 4pm
  • Coach House Cafe:   9:30am to 5pm (subject to weather)
  • Courtyard:   9:30am to 5pm (subject to weather)

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About Us

Rufford Abbey Country Park is owned by Nottinghamshire County Council. Set in the heart of Robin Hood Country the park offers native woodland, a lake and gardens as well as a range of attractions, activities and catering options managed by Parkwood Outdoors.


Rufford Abbey Country Park Ollerton Nottinghamshire NG22 9DF