Restaurant and Gift Shop

The West Dean Gardens Restaurant and Gift Shop overlooks the beautiful Lavant valley and West Dean park. The River Lavant runs alongside. 

Built in the local brick and flint, the licensed restaurant is light and airy with a large garden terrace where visitors can enjoy some refreshments whilst admiring the views.

The adjoining shop is the perfect place to pick up a gift or a plant for your garden.

The shop, restaurant and majority of the gardens are accessible to wheelchair users. Please contact us in advance to make the most of your visit.

Free parking for all visitors.

All catering facilities are taking contactless payments only.

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Two West Dean Gardens Restaurant staff standing at the till


The Gardens Restaurant is open, pre-booking is no longer required. Unfortunately we are unable to take table bookings for the restaurant.

Monday 1 August to Sunday 14 August: Due to the ongoing staff shortages, the kitchen at the Gardens Restaurant will be closed between Monday 1 August and Sunday 14 August. The Restaurant will still be open for delicious refreshments, including hot and cold drinks, cakes, pastries and ice creams. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

See our opening times.

Gardener's Cottage

Formerly the residence of West Dean Gardens' head gardeners, Gardener's Cottage is open to enjoy teas, coffees and light snacks. Table service is available with a limited menu. Located next to the Garden's car park. 

Re-opening Summer 2022.

Gardener's Cottage Menu
West Dean Gardens Gift Shop

Gift Shop

The Gardens shop has an imaginative range of gifts including jewellery, stationery, housewares, gardening products and gifts for children at very reasonable prices. Seasonal stock is regularly updated, it's well worth a regular visit. If you're looking for gift inspiration, make sure you visit. There's a great selection of present ideas for all ages and interests.


Gift vouchers

The perfect present at any time of year, our West Dean Gardens gift vouchers are available to purchase from the Gardens Shop. Available in £5, £10 or £20 denominations the vouchers can be used in the Gardens Restaurant, Shop or for Gardens entry.

In addition to this you can also treat someone to an 'Afternoon Escape' voucher, cream tea and Gardens entry for two people, £30. Also available from the Gardens Shop.

Restaurant and shop opening times

January - February
Monday - Sunday: 10.30am - 4pm

March - October
Monday - Sunday: 10.30am - 5pm

November - December
Monday - Sunday: 10.30am - 4pm

CLOSED: 24, 25 and 31 December 2022

Lunch served 12 noon - 3pm

Although we do not take reservations for our Restaurant, our team are on hand to help you find a table as quickly as possible.

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The West Dean Gardens Shop and Restaurant are part of West Dean Ltd, Company number 1363911. Registered address: West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ.

Support West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens is part of a registered charity and its upkeep and care are only possible with the support of generous donors, friends and legacy gifts.

If you share our passion for the gardens and gardening excellence,
please find out how you can help support their upkeep.