Abbey Café

“Let all guests that come be received like Christ.”

So begins Chapter 53 of the 6th century Rule of Benedict! 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.

The Abbey Cafe offers a warm welcome along with freshly ground Fairtrade barista coffees, an array of teas and soft drinks, a fine choice of sandwiches, toasties, soup and delicious cakes and cookies. Our bacon rolls are irresistible!

Enter through the main door where Emma and her team are delighted to provide Table Service, all socially distanced and cleaned between customers.

Want a takeaway? You are most welcome to come to the serving counter to place our order. Contact us in advance if you’d like it ready for when you come in!

We are open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Please note that occasionally the Café is closed whilst a wedding or funeral service is underway, though in fine weather we are able to keep our outside seating area open for food, soft drinks and a reduced selection of hot drinks. 

COVID secure measures are in place and we thank you in advance for adhering to these and helping us keep everyone safe. One of your party will be asked for their contact details for track and trace purposes. This is kept securely on our online record form, VisitSafe, and is automatically deleted after 21 days. Alternatively, you can scan our NHS QR code.  

In the warmer weather you can also enter through the ancient door from the Cloister Gardens (around the back of the Abbey) and relax at one of our outside tables in the idyllic Cloister Gardens; a glorious outside space. Please note that this entrance has steps. Our staff are happy to provide assistance if required but the main entrance is the better option if you need to avoid the steps altogether.

If you’re nearby just drop in and see us. OR you can contact us and order in advance; we can have your order ready for you when you arrive.  OR, if you are visiting with a group from afar why not let us know and we can arrange a takeaway light lunch or an afternoon tea. Our freshly ground coffee is provided by Kingdom Coffee


We have a 5 Star rating from the Food Standards Agency , 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. 

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