Plan Your Visit

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 Cafe

The Great Tower Cafe was built in 1901, and incorporates some of the inner bailey wall. Here we sell a wide selection of hot and cold snacks, sandwiches, and home-made soups, along with a range of cakes, bakes and cream teas. Perfect for a light lunch or for a snack or drink on the go, and a great place to rest after the excitement of meeting Henry II.

Naafi Restaurant

Once used by soldiers stationed here at Dover, the NAAFI Restaurant is housed in the 1868 Regimental Institute. There are great views down to the wartime tunnels, the port of Dover and across the Channel. Here we offer a selection of hot lunches, as well as sandwiches, freshly made soup, cakes, bakes and cream teas. This is the place, if you are after a more substantial meal.

Secret Wartime Tunnels Tearoom

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

Ice Cream Parlour

Open on sunny afternoons throughout the summer, the ice-cream parlour is in a converted Victorian cold store next to the NAAFI Restaurant. We offer a selection of Local Soft Scoop and Impulse Ice Cream as well as a variety of soft drinks.

What We Offer

We serve a wide range of meals, freshly prepared on site by our team of caterers, using local, seasonal ingredients wherever possible. The menu changes daily and often includes specialities such as roast dinners, homemade pies, hand tied butchers sausages and homemade fish cakes.  We also supply a wide selection of sweet treats, desserts and traditional cream teas with homemade scones.

We use local suppliers wherever possible, and always look to source our meat, Ice cream, vegetables and bakery items from local businesses.

We offer a hot vegetarian option, in all of our outlets, along with options to accommodate dietary needs. The NAAFI and Keep Café offer gluten, meat and dairy free homemade soups, and a tempting range of gluten free sweet treats. If you have any dietary requirements please speak to our team 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 iconic White Cliffs. A good place to try is in front of the Officers New 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 sandwich, juice carton, a packet of crisps and raisin & sultana mix.

We can also offer a selection of child sized portions from our hot main items (in the NAAFI Restaurant) and we provide soup in child sized portions.

Opening Times

NAAFI Restaurant

Open whenever Dover Castle is open - see opening times (please be aware that last orders for food & drinks is 30 minutes before the site closes)

Hot food is served between 12:00 -15:00 in the summer season & 12:00 – 14:30 in the winter season.

Great Tower Coffee Shop

Great Tower Café closes 30 minutes before the rest of the site, last orders for all food & drink will be 15 minutes before the café closes.

Secret Wartime Tunnels Tearoom

Summer Season 11:00 – 16:30

Winter Season 11:00 – 15:00

Please be aware that this outlet may not be open outside of peak visitor season.

Ice-Cream Parlour

Open on sunny afternoons throughout the summer.

Useful Information

  • All group bookings are administered by the main site office. 
  • If your group is interested in dining with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss options.  We have options to suit most requirements, and can easily accommodate if we know your requirements in advance.
  • Please note photos shown are for illustrative purposes only as our menu changes subject to season and availability.
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