Doddington Tea Room: COVID-secure

Doddington Tea Room

Sittings are staggered in order to comply with social distancing: 12noon, 12.30pm, 2.15pm & 2.30pm

Walk-in tables will only be available up to 3pm

We recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment – BOOK NOW

Please redeem Afternoon Tea vouchers for our Restaurant in the Doddington Tea Room (booking essential)


We have had to adjust our usual operation and ask that you please be patient with our team as they endeavour to provide you with the best possible service. Please read all of the information on this page prior to visiting.

We have achieved the ‘Good To Go’ official UK mark to signal that we have worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and we have a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

Know before you go

The Doddington Restaurant will remain closed until further notice. Our new Doddington Tea Room is situated in the award-winning Coach House, which has its own secret walled garden. Entry is through the double doors facing the Farm Shop car park. We have ample free parking opposite the Hall.

In the tea room, we have set our tables and seating arrangements in line with social distancing. (2 metres, or 1 metre plus with risk mitigation where 2m is not viable).

We are serving a set menu, substantial and full of your favourite afternoon tea sandwiches, scones, cake and tray bakes. We have an extensive drinks menu of award-winning teas, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks.

Maximum numbers of 6 guests seated at one table will be in place. We do have mostly tables for 2 to 4 guests inside with the addition of, weather permitting, outside seating in our secret garden. Please factor this into your planning.

Contactless payment is preferred.

Face coverings must be worn internally at all times unless seated at a dining table.

The queue system will be outside, with limited space for queueing available. We have staggered arrival times to ensure the environment is safe for our guests and the Doddington team. We apologise in advance for any queues and ask that you be patient with the team, as we follow the Government guidance.

Guests will be greeted by our host and allocated a table inside or, if the weather is favourable, in the outside secret garden seating area.

To comply with track and trace guidelines we are required to record contact details of at least one member of the party before entry. This information will be kept on file for 21 days, in line with Government guidance and GDPR, before being destroyed.

Our team are wearing face coverings.

Please sanitise hands at our station before entering. All of our team will be regularly washing hands and sanitising the environment in line with guidance.

We have a one-way system in place so please follow the floor arrows and adhere to entry and exit signs.

Before seating please be assured that our tables and chairs, and at regular intervals the whole café environment, will be sanitised with Stabilised Aqueous Ozone (SAO™) which is a highly effective cleaner, sanitiser and deodoriser, proven to kill some of the toughest viruses. A natural and chemical-free solution, SAO™ is created using just electricity, oxygen and water. Yet despite using only natural elements, it is still able to kill highly infectious viruses such as COVID-19, rotavirus, enteric adenovirus and Norwalk virus. Tests have proven it will kill norovirus in just 2 seconds when sprayed onto the infected surface, despite norovirus being one of the most difficult viruses to kill. Find out more.

Please refrain from moving allocated tables and chairs as these have been set in line with social distancing guidelines.

Your orders will be delivered to your table and we will endeavour to minimise contact between our guests and team to ensure social distancing is adhered to where possible.

Your table will be cleared after you have left, unless you request otherwise, and sanitised ready for the next guests.

Please respect the staff when we prompt you that your table is needed for our next customers and please respect other customers by adhering to social distancing rules.

We hope that is all clear but at all times please do ask. Our team is passionate about providing as much of a safe and enjoyable experience for you as they possibly can in these difficult circumstances.

Please be kind, and help them look after you, themselves and your fellow guests.

Sincere thanks in advance and we can’t wait to see you!


We confirm that we have complied with the Government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19. View statement.

Please refer to our COVID-19 update page for full information regarding visiting the Doddington Estate.