The Cloister Café


Opening Hours


From Monday, 21st July 2014 through Saturday 26th July 2014, the church building and Cloister Café will be closed for filming.
We apologize for any inconvenience if you were hoping to visit the church during this time
and hope to be able to welcome you on another occasion instead

We are usually open daily (apart from most Saturdays) in the Church's 15th Century Cloister serving excellent coffee, tea, other soft drinks, house wines and monastic beers. We also have a selection of first-class pies (they are really worth trying!) as well as cakes and snacks. Below you will find an outline of our menu, as well as details of the wines, cider, and beers that we offer.

Monday to Friday:
8:30am – 7:30pm

Saturday:
Closed all day

Sunday:
9:30am – 6:30pm

During warm weather, we have a number of Café tables and chairs along the church path. You are most welcome to take your food and drink from the Cloister Café to sit there and enjoy the sunshine. Of course, when it is really hot, you may like the way that the Cloister stays a little cooler than it is outside.


Our Menu

The Cloister Café offers a range of high quality food that we are confident will not disappoint you.
Here are the current details:

  • Soup of the Day with a generous helping of fresh bread and butter
  • £4.50 per bowl
  • Canon's Platter: a choice of Cheddar, Stilton or Brie along with grapes,
    celery and pickle, served with a fresh baguette
  • £4.50 per platter
  • Smoked Salmon Platter, again served with a fresh baguette, a wedge
    of lemon, and mayonnaise
  • £5.50 per platter
  • Higgidy Pies: Chicken and Sussex Baked Ham;
  • £4.50 per pie
  • A good selection of quality cakes
  • £3.00 per slice
  • Scone, Jam and Fresh Cream
  • £3.00 per portion
  • Tea cakes with butter
  • £1.50 each
  • There are also individually priced snacks of various kinds, including Kettle Chips (crisps), Pistachio Nuts, Olives, etc.
  • Wine List


    Wine125ml glass175ml glassBottle
  • White: Maison Belenger 2012 (France)
  • £3.50£5.00£16.00
  • Rosé: Petit Papillon Grenache Rosé 2012 (France)
  • £3.50£5.00£17.00
  • Red: Toscana Rosso Villa Lucia 2012 (Italy)
  • £3.50£5.00£16.00
  • Red: Chateau Moulin Favre Brouilly Vieilles Vignes 2011 (France)
  • £5.00£7.00£26.00

    Cider


    Wine125ml glassBottle
  • Jake's Orchard Sparkling Cider with Strawberries & Blackcurrant
  • £3.00£15.00

    Beers


    BeerBottle
  • Moretti (330ml bottle)
  • £3.30
  • Affligem Blond (300ml bottle)
  • £5.00
  • Affligem Dubbel (330ml bottle)
  • £5.00
  • Affligem Tripel (330ml bottle)
  • £5.80

    Hosting an event in the Cloister

    Whether it is a post-wedding or post-baptism drinks reception, corporate event or a catered tour, we would be delighted to accommodate you. Whatever your budget may be, we will do our best to meet your requirements and ensure that your event is a success.

    Please contact Ilaria De Virgiliis at the Parish office, either by clicking here to send an email or by calling +44 (0)20 7600 0440.

    Click here for more information about the Parish Office.

    Click here to email the Cloister Café directly.


    Access to the Church


    There are three main ways into the church:
    • The only way with step-free access is along the path from the West Smithfield square underneath the Elizabethan Gatehouse. There are only very minor changes in level on the way into the church this way.
    • The path through the Churchyard from Cloth Fair has a significant step up into the churchyard from Cloth Fair and a further small step up beyond that within the Churchyard itself. There is then a set of relatively steep steps down into the pathway from West Smithfield square. Please note, these steps do not have a handrail. The path through the Churchyard is therefore not suitable for anybody who would find any of these steps difficult to manage.
    • On some occasions, we open the doors of the North Porch of the church. These also provide access from Cloth Fair. However, immediately behind the doors are some very steep steps down to the floor level of the church (which is at the medieval level, quite a way below that of modern Cloth Fair). There are, however, handrails on these steps. Nevertheless, this access route would not be suitable for anybody who might have difficulties with steep steps.

    Step-free access to the Church is therefore only along the path that leads to the West Door from West Smithfield square under the Elizabethan Gatehouse.



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