The Watering Place café is open 9:30am — 5pm every day.

As part of a complete museum experience, we are proud to present our new café: The Watering Place, named after one of Thomas Gainsborough’s beautiful landscape paintings.

Whether you’re here visiting and would like a bite to eat or you’re in town and just passing by, The Watering Place café is open to all.

Our new café extension has a sliding glass wall facing the walled garden and café terrace which can be opened-up to connect the café interior with the courtyard. The simple paving, structure and flint walls make it feel seamlessly part of the garden.

Plan your visit by taking a look at the sample menu to see what The Watering Place has to offer.

The Watering Place will offer a locally sourced, freshly prepared, seasonal and above all tasty menu. Our menu includes light lunches, cakes and pastries, as well as our signature Afternoon Tea and a range of snacks, all accompanied by a range of premium beverages including “PMD Tea” & “Café Du Monde” coffee.

Gainsborough’s House have an events & hospitality offering with a range of options suitable for everything from private viewings, drinks receptions, corporate events, weddings, birthday parties and more.

The Watering Place café are thrilled to be part of the community at Gainsborough’s House and look forward to welcoming guests for many years to come.

Allergies & dietary requirements

If you have concerns about allergies or dietary requirements, please see our Allergy menu or speak to a member of our staff.

You can stay in the loop with updates about our café through The Watering Place Instagram page.

Bookings & reservations

For bookings and more information, please contact us using the details below:

01787 710304


Please see our booking policy for details about reserving a table with us.

An image of a toasted bagel on a plate with salad and crisps. There is a tea set in the background.
An image taken within The Watering Place café at Gainsborough's House. It shows a batch of freshly baked pastries on display in front of the old House.
An image taken from Weavers Lane of The Watering Place Café.