Food and Drink

With all there is to see and experience, Dover Castle can give you quite an appetite. But you don't have to leave it behind to refuel. We have four different places to eat tucked within the castle walls offering a wide variety of delicious hot dishes and cold snacks.

Great Tower Café

The Great Tower Cafe was built in 1901 and incorporates some of the inner bailey wall. Here we sell hot lunches, sandwiches and snacks, home-made soup and a range of cakes and ice cream.  A great place to rest after the excitement of meeting Henry II.

Yummy treats in the Great Tower Café at Dover Csstle, Kent

NAAFI Restaurant

Once used by soldiers stationed here the NAAFI Restaurant is housed in the 1868 Regimental Institute. There are good views down to the wartime tunnels and the port and across the Channel. Here you can have hot dishes, as well as sandwiches, freshly made soup, scones, cakes and ice-cream.

NAAFI restaurant at Dover Castle, Kent

Secret Wartime Tunnels Tearoom

This small tearoom is built into the original Napoleonic tunnel complex, along with the shop. Choose from a range of sandwiches, cakes and ice-cream either before or after your self-guided tour. Or you can pop in to the tearoom even if you're not visiting the tunnels.

Secret Tunnel Tearoom at Dover Castle, Kent

Ice-cream Parlour

Open on sunny days throughout the summer, the ice-cream parlour is in a converted Victorian meat store next to the NAAFI Restaurant.

Girl eating ice-cream outside the Ice-cream Parlour at Dover Castle, Kent

What We Offer

We serve a full range of hot food, freshly cooked on site using local ingredients whenever possible. The menu changes daily and often includes specialities such as sausage and apple plait, pork, apple and cider casserole, and beef and vegetable cobbler. We also use traditional recipes - such as chicken hotch-potch - during the summer. Among our delicious home-made desserts and treats are lemon posset, almond slice and traditional bread pudding.

Our meat is sourced from a butcher in Dover and all our ice cream is made just up the coast near Deal. We stock a range of local wines, as well as local fruit juices and ciders and locally brewed beer.

We offer a hot vegetarian option every day, and in our seasonal dishes, we always try to take account of dietary needs. All of our food outlets offer gluten and dairy free fresh homemade soups served with gluten free rolls available, and a tempting range of gluten free sweet treats from chocolate brownie, bakewell slice and chocolate macaroons to ginger or lemon bites (perfect for dunking in our fresh made coffees). The Naafi restaurant also offers a daily selection of hot home cooked gluten free meat dishes (all of our gravy is gluten free as well). If you have any dietary requirements please ask to speak to Paul (our Catering Manager) or Stephen (our Catering Supervisor) who will be happy to advise you on the content of our foods.

The Great Tower Café, NAAFI Restaurant and the Ice Cream Parlour all have outside seating areas. You're also welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds - there are spectacular views over the English Channel from the top of the 'White Cliffs'. A good place to try is in front of the New Officers Barracks.

Just for Children

We provide high chairs for infants and young children, and a microwave is available for parents who want to heat their own baby food and bottles. We also sell individual portions of organic baby food, both savoury and sweet.

Our children's lunchboxes include a roll, organic juice and two snacks (fruit, jelly or crisps). Soup and Sunday roasts also come in child-size portions.

Opening Times

Great Tower Café and NAAFI Restaurant

  • Open whenever Dover Castle is open - see opening times
  • Great Tower Café closes 30 minutes before the rest of the site

Secret Wartime Tunnels Tearoom

  • Closes 1 hour before the rest of the site
  • Closed December to March

Ice-cream Parlour

  • Open on sunny days throughout the summer

Useful Information

  • We also accept Euros.
  • Group bookings are taken via the main site office. We aim to provide the best service we can for any groups that show an interest in dining with us, and are happy to address additional requirements if necessary.
  • Please note photos shown are for illustrative purposes only as our menu changes subject to season and availability
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