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Undercroft Café

Relax with a refreshing drink or a bite to eat in one of the oldest surviving spaces in the 1,000-year-old Castle - Edward III’s medieval Undercroft, now Windsor Castle's first café for visitors.

The Undercroft Café ©

Visitors to the Undercroft Café at Windsor Castle can enjoy freshly prepared meals, including sandwiches, wraps and salads, served alongside an exclusive selection of teas. Sweet treats range from vanilla mille-feuille and vegan chocolate cake to fruit scones and Victoria sponge. During the summer months, the Café serves ice cream produced using milk from the Jersey herd at the Royal Farms, Windsor.

For information on changes to your visit due to covid-19, please see our practical information page.

The Undercroft Café

Enjoying tea and cakes in the café ©

History of the café

A café quite unlike any other, the Undercroft is on the ground floor of the Castle beneath St George’s Hall, and dates back to Edward III’s major renovations during the 1350s and 1360s. Throughout the 14th century, the Undercroft served as the Castle’s principal cellar, used for the storage of barrels of beer and wine. In the 17th century, during Charles II’s reign, the space was subdivided to accommodate a confectionary, a silver scullery and an eating room for Royal Household staff.

In the 19th century, the Undercroft was further subdivided to make room for the Lord Chamberlain’s Office, the Servants’ Hall and the Office of the Yeoman of the Pantry. Subsequent restoration work has turned the space back into the medieval interior it once was.