Food + Drink

At Elmley all food is locally sourced and seasonally inspired - we’re lucky to be based in the Garden of England, surrounded by incredible local producers.

Drink and lantern on bar counter

The Cowshed Cafe & Picnics

Open all day from 9.30am

The Cowshed Café is open to all guests and visitors over Summer in the beautiful Kingshill Barn,

We look forward to serving you simple lunches and refreshing all day drinks, snacks & ice creams. Games are available for rainy afternoons.

No pre-order is necessary, available for eat in or packed up to take out on the Reserve. If you're staying we'll pack your picnic in reusable tins.

Cocktails in Kingshill Farmhouse

The Bar

Our bar is now open in the stunning Kingshill Barn for the Summer. Enjoy a curated selection of drinks, bespoke cocktails and snacks and spill out into the sunshine in the courtyard.

If you're staying in a Farmhouse Room please do order a drink to enjoy in the Farmhouse.

Table set up in barn

Evening Dining in Kingshill Barn

Evening dining in the romantically rustic Kingshill Barn or or soaking up the sun in our courtyard: The Elmley Kitchen offers an effortless, vibrant menu which celebrate the Summer at Elmley. We source ingredients from innovative and sustainable local producers to ensure dishes are exciting, memorable and seasonal.

Please book your evening table here.

If you'd like to enjoy your meal from your tent, hut or room - then not a problem, just ask the team for a takeaway.

Evening dining is currently only open to residents but please do ask if you'd like to book if you aren't staying.

Farmhouse Breakfast


When you wake up to sunrise across the Reserve, breakfast needs to work hard to compete with that view! Our carefully created seasonal breakfast menu has been designed to set you up for day out on the Reserve or a hard day loafing in your hut.

For guests in the Farmhouse Rooms, a 'Kentinental' breakfast is included in the room rate, along with an optional menu of delicious hot dishes, and served with a view in the dining room and kitchen 8.30am to 9.30am

Staying in a hut or bell tent? Order a delicious hot breakfast delivered to you to enjoy with the views from bed.

Table set up in barn

Summer evenings in Kingshill Barn

During the warmer months supper is served in the Barn. A short walk from the Farmhouse and huts, this romantically rustic space is part of the original farm.

The Elmley Kitchen offers an effortless menu to be enjoyed in the beautiful barn surroundings or soaking up the sun in our courtyard. Our vibrant menus celebrate the seasons and been created to enjoy all at Elmley. We source ingredients from innovative and sustainable local producers to ensure the dishes are exciting, memorable and delicious.

An example of our Summer Evening Menu can be found here.

dining table and shelf

Gathering in Elmley Cottage

We can prepare relaxed meals to be delivered to your house or arrange private dining for those special occasions.

Please contact the team to discuss menus and arrange.

Supper hamper delivery to hut

Autumn & Winter Hamper Delivery

Can't bear to tear yourself away from your hut, we don't blame you. Order a hearty two course supper basket to be delivered to your hut door. Relaxed sharing dishes are also available for Elmley Cottage guests. You can book a hamper here.

Note: Hut Hampers are available October to 22nd May.

Smashed peas on toast

About our food

Whether it's a indulgent dinner after a dusk birdwatching tour, a hearty breakfast delivered to your shepherd’s hut door, or a vibrant feast to gather your guests together over – our team know how important food is to your experience.

In between meals we do offer lighter options, so pop to the Cowshed for coffee and cake after a morning walk, and as the sun goes down head to the bar for a glass of wine and Elmley snacks.