'Let all guests that come be received like Christ.'

So begins Chapter 53 of the 6th century Rule of Benedict; you probably knew that. Malmesbury Abbey began life as a Benedictine monastery in the 7th century. Things have changed a little since then, but hospitality to all remains an important and natural part of Abbey life and one of our three core values; the other two are stability and creativity. Our catering facilities, situated at the back of the Abbey itself, were opened in 2012, and Dan, Holly and a great team of volunteers would love to invite you to join us for refreshments or a light meal.

The Abbey Kitchen is open Mondays to Saturdays, 9.30am to 4pm

The Abbey Kitchen is open Mondays to Saturdays, 9.30am to 4pm

The Abbey Kitchen is normally open from Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4pm, although occasionally it is necessary to close during services or special events. 

You can check if The Abbey Kitchen is open as usual on our Facebook page here.

We seat 40 people comfortably with 4 long tables in the South Aisle and 4 sofas in the bookshop area in the North Aisle. There is plenty of space for buggies or wheelchairs. The Abbey Kitchen is closed on Sundays, but refreshments are served at our main Sunday services at 10.30am and 4pm, our 4pm service regularly becomes Cafe Church. 

You will love our homemade cakes, paninis, soups and our fresh Fairtade coffee and you will find our bacon rolls irresistible. We have a 5* rating from the food standards department, we have been awarded Fairtrade Status from the Fairtrade Foundation and we have worked really hard to get our ‘Breast Feeding Friendly’ status from the NCT & the NHS. 

Our freshly ground coffee is provided by Kingdom Coffee.

If you’re nearby just drop in and see us. If you are visiting with a group from afar why not let us know and we can arrange a light lunch or an afternoon tea.  E-mail us on or call 01666 826666.