The Cloister Café

Opening Hours

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:
From 14th Feb–10th Nov: 08:30 – 17:00
From 11th Nov–13th Feb: 08:30 – 16:00

Closed all day

09:30 – 18:30

Our Menu

The Cloister Café offers a range of high quality food that we are confident will not disappoint you.
Here are some guidelines as to what we offer, and what it costs:

  • 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, served with a fresh baguette, a wedge of lemon, and mayonnaise
  • £5.50 per platter
  • Higgidy Pies: Chicken and Sussex Baked Ham; Steak & Ale; Spinach, Feta & pine nuts; Steak in Red wine. These pies are seriously tasty!
  • £4.50 per pie
  • Delicious 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

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  • 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


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


  • 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 the Parish office, either by clicking here to send an email to or by calling +44 (0)20 7600 0440.

    Click here for more information about the Parish Office.

    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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