Treat yourself to something to eat or drink in the Down House Tearoom, located in the kitchen where in the mid-19th century, all the Darwins' meals were prepared. If the sun is shining, why not sit out on the patio where the renowned scientist used to receive his famous 'water cures' from his butler Parslow? If the weather is bad, there is seating inside and overflow seating in the Butler's Pantry.

What we offer

Choose from our seasonal menu, which includes a soup of the day, a daily special and a selection of freshly made sandwiches made with free-range eggs, organic cheeses and salads from our own gardens when available. We also feature locally sourced items such as Kent dry honey-baked ham, plus the distinctive Kentish bread rolls known as huffkins.

For sweets, we offer an array of goodies - shortbread, brownies, flapjacks - and a gorgeous line-up of cakes: spiced ginger, apple, chocolate fudge and Victoria sponge. Or you can choose to have a traditional cream tea or, with the addition of sandwiches, afternoon tea. A special option is our Scotch fruit cake, made from one of Emma Darwin's very own recipes that she often asked her cook to bake.

You can quench your thirst from our range of teas and freshly ground coffee, a number of different juices and a regional ale.

Vegetarian, and dairy and gluten-free options are always available.

Other facilities

  • Toilets, including ones for disabled people
  • Highchairs
  • Water provided to warm bottles
  • Baby-changing facility (within disabled toilets)
  • Children's lunch boxes during school holidays


We can offer a buffet menu that can be tailored to a group's needs at a variety of prices. Minimum: 20 people at £10 per head. Please book in advance.


You are welcome to enjoy a picnic at Down House, however can only do so within the designated picnic area. Picnics are not allowed outside of this area as The Home of Charles Darwin, Down House is a 'Site of Importance for Nature Conservation', which means that it contains many important protected species such as very rare forms of fungi growing in the grass around the house.

Contact details

Organisation Down House (Home of Charles Darwin)
Address Down House, Luxted Road, Downe Village, Kent, BR6 7JT, United Kingdom

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