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.
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.
If you would like to book your table for afternoon tea, or have more questions about the menu, please contact Osborne.House@elior.co.uk
Site admission applies.
The Petty Officers' Quarters Cafe
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.
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.
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
Check back for season 2020 opening times, coming soon. The Terrace Restaurant will be closed until March 2020.