Food and Drink

Victoria and Albert made sure that their children learned where food came from by having them grow and cook fruit and vegetables at Swiss Cottage on the Osborne estate. Grand dining was also possible at Osborne in the fabulous Durbar Wing, designed by Rudyard Kipling's father. 

Famous in the world of desserts - Osborne is associated with the Victoria Sponge, the Battenburg Cake, Beatrice Cakes and Osborne Pudding. Today at Osborne you can treat yourself to lunch in the Terrace Restaurant, an ice-cream on the beach, a snack in the Petty Officers' Quarters, or a quick bite from the Gazelle House.   

The Terrace Restaurant

Spoil yourself in our waiter-service Terrace Restaurant, set within Queen Victoria’s magnificent private chapel.  Whether you take high tea or treat yourself to lunch, we pride ourselves on our seasonal menu which is always bursting with dishes that showcase the best of English cooking and local produce.

Our dishes include crab sandwiches, potato dumplings with wild mushrooms, elderflower jelly, warm dark chocolate cake, and - in honour of Osborne's most famous resident - four types of Victoria sponge.

We source our ingredients from local suppliers whenever possible, and do our best to cater for most dietary requirements.  Half portions are available for children.

Close up of a mug of frothy coffee at Osborne, Isle of Wight

The Petty Officers' Quarters Café

Whether visiting Osborne or not, our café in the visitor centre is open to all. We have a fantastic selection of light lunches, soups, snacks and cakes, and a wide range of hot and cold drinks.

With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, it’s the perfect place to start your adventure at Osborne, or to reward yourself after a busy day exploring.

Kids' lunchboxes are available, as well a Prince and Princess menu. There is a children's play area adjacent to the car park in front of the visitor centre.

Victoria Sandwich

The Gazelle House

Hunt down the Gazelle House in the Swiss Cottage gardens and choose from a small but perfectly formed selection of drinks and snacks, including Beatrice cakes, inspired by a 19th century recipe and named after Victoria's youngest daughter.

Once you've made your choice, take a seat in the historic grounds of the cottage or venture over to the children's playground.

Brightly coloured tables and chairs outside the Pavilion Ice-cream Parlour at Osborne Beach

The Pavilion Beach Ice-Cream Parlour

Indulge in an ice-cream on Queen Victoria’s private beach. Our parlour serves the Isle's famous Minghella Ice-Cream, and is the perfect place to soak up the sun with a sorbet or kick back with a Knickerbocker Glory.

Whether you sit inside the café, on the veranda, or picnic on the lawn, you’ll be treated to fantastic views across the Solent. In fine weather you’ll be able to watch sailing boats bobbing about on the waves, and you may be tempted to take a dip in the sea yourself. 

We also stock fair trade teas, locally roasted coffee, and cakes baked right here on the Isle.

Osborne's Terrace Restaurant

The Terrace Restaurant at Osborne

Opening Times

The Terrace Restaurant

  • 28 March to 30 September: daily, 10.30am to 4pm - morning coffee served till noon, light lunch noon to 3pm, afternoon tea served all day, coffee and cake 3 to 4pm
  • 1 October to 1 November: daily, 10am to 3.30pm
  • Closed during winter season
  • 25 March - 30 September 2016, daily 10am - 4pm - morning coffee served till noon, light lunch noon to 3pm, afternoon tea served all day, coffee and cake 3 to 4pm

The Petty Officers' Quarters Café

  • 28 March to 30 September: daily, 10am to 5.45pm
  • 1 October to 1 November: daily, 10am to 3.30pm
  • 2 November to 23 December, daily 11am - 3pm (10am - 4pm Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays)
  • 27 December - 31 December, daily 10am to 4pm
  • 2 January - 14 February, Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 4pm
  • 15 - 19 February, daily, 10am - 4pm
  • 20 February - 31 March, Wednesday -Sunday, 10am - 4pm
  • 1 April - 30 September 2017, daily, 10am - 5.45pm

The Gazelle House

  • 28 March to 30 September: daily, 10.30am to 4.30pm
  • 1 October to 1 November: daily, 10am to 3.30pm
  • Closed during winter season
  • 1 April - 30 September 2017, daily, 10am - 5pm


The Pavilion Beach Ice-cream Parlour

  • 28 March to 30 September: daily, 10am to 5pm
  • 1 October to 1 November: daily, 10am to 3.30pm
  • Closed during winter season
  • Open daily 15 - 19 February, and 20 February - 31 March Wednesdays - Sundays in good weather, 10am - 4pm
  • 1 April - 30 September 2017, daily, 10am - 5pm
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