East and South East

Read our guide below highlighting the best days out this summer in East and South East of England. These top visitor attractions care about the food they serve and hold a Food for Life Served Here award. We would love it if you shared snaps from your day out with us on twitter using #EatWellOut.


Ickworth National Trust

Ickworth National Trust is an Italianate Palace and Garden in the heart of an ancient deer park with a great food story. The head gardener and head chef work closely together to ensure that the produce grown can be celebrated in the recipes cooked in the cafe. A favourite recipe is the Walled Garden potato salad, where every single ingredient (except for the mayonnaise!) is grown in the gardens. This summer, Ickworth will continue experimenting with recipes that include the fruit and veg grown on site, including a firm customer favourite - the summer ratatouille.

Visit the Ickworth website.

Photo credit: National Trust Images, Arnhel de Serrap
 RSPB 5 RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Pulborough Brooks café has beautiful views across the South Downs, set in one of the richest areas for nature in the country. The cafe provides excellent freshly cooked food, including daily specials. With vegetarian options and a choice of delicious fresh sandwiches you can take in the stunning wildlife and enjoy your lunch alongside. Cakes are all made in house or created by a team of local bakers, made using the best ingredients. All eggs are free-range and you will find Fairtrade teas and coffees on the menu daily.

Visit the Pulborough Brooks website.

 zoo Marwell Zoo

Explore Marwell Zoo and get closer to the wonders of the natural world. Café Graze, located next to the meerkats, serve delicious hot meals and a wide variety of snacks and drinks from seasonal, locally grown produce. The sausages and burgers are sourced from Hampshire Traditional Farm, which prides itself in high welfare and conservation grazed traditional breeds including Oxford sandy and black pigs and Highland cattle. All veg is from a local supplier: The Fruit Basket, based in Gosport and offer ‘in season’ produce, all from local growers where possible. 

Visit the Marwell Zoo website

Photo credit: Jason Brown

National Trust Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner is an elegant country house with highly distinctive gardens in Hampshire. Along with home grown produce from the volunteer-led walled garden, the café makes the most of produce that is grown and produced locally. The café is looking forward to showcasing the salad leaves, herbs and other fantastic produce this summer across the menu such as the Watercress scone and smoked trout paté (featured in the National Trust’s Comfort Food Cook book). Other local ingredients include cheese from Lyburn and the Isle of Wight, which can be found in many of the café’s dishes including the Ploughman’s salad and savoury pastries.

Visit the Hinton Ampner website.

Photo credit: National Trust Images, Chris Lacey

If you visit somewhere this summer that would benefit from the award, please do get in touch with our team. 

"The Food for Life Served Here Award helps us explain to our members and supporters how, as a food business, we’re different."Matt Drew (Head of Food and Beverage, National Trust)

75% or more of meals at Food for Life Served Here attractions are freshly prepared

All eggs on Food for Life menus come from free range hens

Full List of Served Here Visitor Attractions