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Fancy something to eat or drink? Then visit our Orangery Café, which is open 7 days a week and you don’t need a ticket for the abbey to use the Café.
The brand new Café offers a warm welcome to all – whether you want a barista coffee or a delicious hot meal prepared from the finest local ingredients.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Offering a range of locally roasted coffees from Bella Barista and unusual tea options provided by Northamptonshire’s Tea Loft, freshly made snacks and sandwiches using homemade bread, homemade cakes, and hot food dishes, The Orangery at Delapré Abbey’s menu caters to all tastes and appetites.Our Menu
Commitment to high quality, freshly made food
Whether you want light bites to take away or eat in the grounds, or something more substantial to eat in the comfort of our Café, our offer reflects our commitment to high quality, freshly made food.
For the ultimate treat, enjoy one of our freshly made afternoon tea – sure to be a favourite!
Our menus change regularly so please check our Facebook or contact the Orangery at Delapré Abbey for more information.
Afternoon Tea at Delapré Abbey
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
Portrait of a Lady
Delapré Abbey continues the tradition started by Duchess Anna Maria. Within the restored Billiard room, we serve a traditional yet quirky afternoon tea.
Why not get together with friends or family, marvel at the scenery, relax in our beautiful vintage room and savour tasty morsels – what better way to enjoy an afternoon?
An English Tradition
The English custom of taking Afternoon Tea was popularised in the 1840s by Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford.While labourers sometimes had a small sandwich or scone brought from home with their tea, the Duchess and her friends would have enjoyed afternoon tea in more comfortable surroundings.
Enjoy a freshly made selection of sandwiches, cakes and a freshly baked scone with your choice of fine quality teas or locally roasted filter coffee.Adults Afternoon tea £14.95. Child’s Afternoon tea £9.95. Booking is recommended, book by contacting the Orangery on 01604 760 817 (option 3), by speaking to our friendly staff on one of your visits, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seasonal and Local
We only use local suppliers for everything – from carpenters to builders to beers, wines and spirits. Everything is fresh and produced to the highest standard.Seasonal & Local
Family friendly food options
To help with this aim, Tom Hewer recently took over the kitchen space at the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton. Here Tom Hewer Catering are now able to bake fresh bread and cakes daily delivered to the Abbey, along with meat from their butcher.
With a focus on local sourcing and seasonality, The Orangery is set to become the new destination café of choice in Northampton for visitors, residents and shoppers alike.
With indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the Abbey’s 600 acre grounds, the café offers plenty of space inside and out and a beautiful aspect. It is the perfect place to relax and unwind.
Family friendly food options with wheel chair and push chair access and high chairs.
Conveniently placed in the visitor welcome area in the Abbey’s 18th century stable block, our lively shop has been inspired by Delapré Abbey and the vivid history it shares.
You’ll find particularly enjoyable mementos influenced by the beautiful Abbey buildings, our gardens, grand parkland and of course our storytelling themes from medieval daily life to formal Victorian lords and ladies.
We are always looking to stock further gifts and mementos to help you capture your experience here at the Abbey, as well as showcasing the works of local artists and craftspeople – many of whom are preserving local or national arts and crafts almost as old as the Abbey itself.
Our stock includes:
- Books and cards
- Gifts and seasonal offers
- Souvenirs for children
- Arts and crafts
- Garden and outdoor accessories
Above all, please remember that this is no ordinary “tourist shop.” With every purchase made, the profit goes to maintain Delapré Abbey and preserve its heritage for generations to come. Thank you for supporting us.
Plan your day
Delapré Abbey can be explored by free flow all day. The route you take is up to you and the space is yours to enjoy. Learn about the lives of the nuns, navigate the labyrinthine that is the Nine Rooms and be wowed by the spectacular Bouverie Rooms.
Guided tours take place at 11:30am and 1:30pm each day and you can sign up to one of these in the Visitor Welcome Centre when you purchase your admission.
The shop is stocked with wonderful gifts, crafts and produce from local suppliers. Pocket money gifts, souvenirs and stunning artwork can all be purchased to suit every taste and budget. Our café also provides an excellent excuse for an indulgent treat! Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and Sunday lunch, you’re sure to find something to get the taste buds tingling.
How to get here
Delapré Abbey is ideally situated to visit from all parts of the country. Easily accessible by car from the A45 or M1, the Abbey feels like a breath of fresh air in the heart of Northampton. We also have easy links by bus and rail. Car parking is free.
Tickets are available for purchase on the day of your visit by coming into the Visitor Welcome Centre. We can also accommodate visitors buying tickets in advance, again from our shop.
Furthermore, we have now launched our Annual Pass. For more information on this click here.
Look around the rooms
Whilst wandering the corridors and rooms, you will experience the atmospheres of history for yourself. In our main Victorian Suite, you can make like the lady of the house by reading a book in the Library, watching the Victorian puppet show in the Dining Room and admiring the spectacular ceiling in the Drawing Room. Discover items which represent a key part of the history in the Nine Rooms and experience the rustic charm of the Medieval Zone. You might even spy a wandering nun…