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 ancient door from the Cloister Gardens (that can be found around the back of the Abbey) where you can choose our table service to be able to sit inside and experience the historic Abbey itself or opt for takeaway and relax at one of our outside tables in the idyllic Cloister Gardens; a glorious outside space.

We are open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 3.30pm and have put in place COVID secure measures for everyone’s safety. Please note that occasionally the inside area is closed whilst a wedding or funeral service is underway but our outside seating area is still open for food, soft drinks and a reduced selection of hot drinks. Currently the main Abbey entrance is closed, so disabled entry is limited as the Cloister entrance has steps. However, our friendly Cafe staff are more than happy to help you enjoy our outside seating and will ensure that your visit is still easy and enjoyable. COVID secure planning is currently underway in order to be able to open the main entrance as soon as possible.

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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