Summer Pop-Up Café

A taste of local English Heritage

We’d love to see you at Waverley Abbey House this Summer. Come and enjoy the café in our Grade II* listed building and relax in the beautiful surroundings. Grab a taste of the local heritage and soak up the serenity of Waverley Abbey.

What you need to know

Dates:
Opening on Friday 23 July
Open every Friday – Sunday for 6 weeks in Summer (excluding Saturday 21 August)
Closing on Sunday 29 August

Time:
10:00 – 17:00. Drop in any time!

Place:
Waverley Abbey House
Waverley Lane, Farnham
Surrey GU9 8EP

What you’ll discover

This isn’t your ordinary coffee shop. Are you curious about the roots of Farnham? Or interested in the people that came before us in this town? This is a café for the local explorers.

You’ll experience Farnham’s long Christian history as you explore the ancient abbey ruins. For almost 900 years, this site has been a sanctuary for hospitality and community. The abbey was built by Cistercian monks in 1128, who used it to share food and fellowship with the local community. Today, we’re continuing the vision of this site as a house of hospitality.

You can learn about the famous occupants of the house in our mini-exhibition. Find out how Florence Nightingale and the Bonham-Carters are connected to Waverley Abbey. Learn about the long history of healing here and how the house was once used as a military hospital in WW1.

We have a sumptuous menu of English treats for you in the café, including a specialty Waverley Mead and Honey Apple Strudel with clotted cream. We’ve got gluten free and dairy free options too, including a Traditional Spanish and Almond Cake. See the full menu here.

We’re so delighted to be welcoming visitors again. We’d love to see you!

Other information:

Dogs: Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the grounds. Please keep your dogs on a lead. Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs into the indoor café area (with the exception of service dogs).

The Abbey: Please note that the bridge from the house to the abbey is currently closed for repair.  You can access the abbey via the car park. We’ll have signs up to direct you around the site.

The House: While the café and the lounge are open, the rest of the house is closed to the public.

Parking: is available on site. There is no cost to use the car park.

Accessibility: Please contact us ahead of your visit if you have an accessibility challenge (Mon – Fri 9-5, 01252 784 733)

Covid-19: We will follow the latest government guidelines on Covid-19 precautions.

How to find us:
We are just 5 minutes’ drive from the A31, 20 minutes from Guildford and within easy reach of both the M25 and the M3. The nearby town of Farnham is 3 miles from Waverley Abbey House and less than an hour from London by train. Both Heathrow and Gatwick airports are within 40 minutes’ drive.

Access from London and the M25 is best via the A3, turning off onto the A31, signposted Farnham/ Winchester/Alton.

Access from the South West is best via the A31 from Winchester, which bypasses Four Marks and Alton, taking you onto the Farnham bypass.

Access from the Midlands and West is best via Reading (M4) and Basingstoke, where you should join the M3. From Basingstoke, head towards London on the M3. Leave at junction 5 (signed to Odiham/Farnham).

Once you reach Farnham Station take the left fork immediately after the level crossing. Continue until you see the sign on the left for Waverley Abbey House. The House is on the right, just prior to the sharp left bend over the river.

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