Milntown Estate has 15 acres of beautiful gardens to explore with water features, sculptures, woodland walks and even a hidden fairy door. Open to the public all year round (9am-5pm), you can view the stunning gardens for just £4 (under 5s are free, 5-15 years old are only £1.50). For £7 (£4.50 for children), you can have a tour of the house – please see their website for more details on pricing and booking tours.
The cafe can be accessed without visiting the gardens and is open daily 9am-5pm serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea (make sure you book) and cakes. The cafe is a very popular spot so booking is always recommended.
Milntown Estate has a large free car park and access into the cafe is pram-friendly (although I did have to open the double doors to fit). Once you’re inside the cafe, there is plenty of room for prams and is a nice open space. They have 4 wooden highchairs with straps and baby changing facilities in the large accessible toilet.
The menu boasts a huge range of food to suit everyone and I absolutely love that not only do they have a children’s menu for lunch but they also have a children’s menu for breakfast too! The food is a little more than I would usually pay but the portion sizes are good and the food was delicious. The menus can be found on their website here.
The staff were friendly and aware of little hands as the hot drinks were placed out of reach and a warning given about food being hot.
Pre-Covid, Milntown Cafe had a side room, within their cafe that I’ve been told had different toys for children. Unfortunately, they aren’t planning on bringing these back but it’d be a great room to reserve if you’re bringing a few children and want a space away from the cafe so they can play with their own toys or do some colouring.
Although the cafe doesn’t have the toys anymore, I’ve given Milntown Estate a rating of ‘good’ for activities because they often hold events like Santa’s workshop, afternoon tea with Santa and various treasure hunts throughout the year.
Of course, whilst you’re at the cafe, the gardens are so much fun to explore with lots for children (and grown ups) to see and enjoy. We love it there.
Information correct as at November 2020.