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The Café at High Lodge

The Cafe serves fresh, hot and cold food and drinks throughout the year. It is open every day (excluding Christmas Day). Seasonal opening times apply - please visit High Lodge Today for current opening times. This facility is managed by Churchill Catering Ltd.

Please visit to view menus and the Events and Functions offer.

The Pantry  

This is the place to stop by for sandwiches and snacks to take out. It is open subject to demand on holidays and at peak times. This facility is managed by Churchill Catering Ltd.

The Ice cream Parlour

The Parlour serves a wide range of ice cream flavours and ice lollies. It is open on holidays and at peak times and is managed by Churchill Catering Ltd.

Picnic facilities

There are 35 picnic benches and tables situated around High Lodge and close to the car parking areas. It is not possible to reserve these facilities, so please arrive early if you have a favourite spot.


What do other visitors say?

We are going to come for the day in April, to meet friends. It looks great! We will probably have checked out of our caravan site and may be pulling a caravan. Could you advise me if there would be parking space for us if we were towing? The caravan is around 6m long including the tow bar. Would we need to pay a higher parking fee if so?

Also, is there a charge to hire the BBQ? Could you let me have information about that too?

Melanie Hindley, 24/Feb/2017

Thank you for your interest in visiting High Lodge and we look forward to welcoming you. Caravans are charged at car rate due to the number of passengers. There is usually plenty of car parking space for a caravan. However if you are visiting over Easter then you may need to use the overflow car park area. There is a charge to hire a bbq. Small (up to 12 people )is £15 or large is £25. A bbq can only be booked on line, up to 3 months in advance, at

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Food disgusting and staff very rude

Anonymous, 19/Dec/2016

Thank you for your feedback we will pass on your comments to Churchill catering who provide the cafeteria on site. If you wish to provide more details regarding your experience please e-mail the High Lodge feedback account at highlodgefeedback@≠

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We are coming to Go Ape on Sunday 28 Aug. Can we bring a small gas bbq with us ?

Anonymous, 26/Aug/2016

NO, portable/gas BBQ are not permitted, if you wish to book a fixed BBQ stand please call the High Lodge information point on the number in the right hand side column.

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Last updated: 13th October 2016

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