The Claythorpe Café

THUR 22nd July. We have a much reduced cafe menu at the moment because two-thirds of our team are in self isolation. We hope to be back to normal service on July 29th

The Claythorpe Café is open daily, from 10am until we close.

Our outdoor café with outdoor seating is open to all – no need to buy a ticket. It’s a great place to pop in for coffee and cake, or for a lovely lunch by the river. Why not stop for an ice cream on a hot day? It’s one of the loveliest places to eat in the Lincolnshire Wolds.

We have plenty of outdoor seating, plus our large marquee, where you can enjoy socially distanced coffee, cakes and lunches with all the usual lovely atmosphere.

Don’t forget – Fridays are burger nights. Saturdays are pizza nights.

There’s no need to book if you’re visiting in the daytime – there’s plenty of outdoor seating. Please follow covid guidelines, which are displayed on site.

In our gorgeous riverside café, we serve a great range of sandwiches, breakfast and brunch, proper burgers, drinks and snacks, with something for all budgets.

Our menu incorporates as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, from the bread in your sandwich, to our perfect ploughmans lunch, with a choice of cheese or locally made pork pie. 

We have two dining rooms – the first sits right above the mill race, where the water wheel once turned. Overlooking the mill pond, it’s a gorgeous space where the water rushes by – right below your feet.

And inside the main mill building, the dominant feature of the room is the huge former mill workings, where you can see the cogs and millstones that turned for centuries while Claythorpe – formerly Empire Mills – was a working watermill.

On a sunny day, there is plenty of seating around the grounds if you want to dine outside, or take a quiet cup of tea by the mill pond.

Our current menu – April 2021. Subject to change and availability.

Thurs 22nd JulyWe are open... just not as usual

Two thirds of our staff are now self isolating after one of the team tested positive for Covid. None of the team working today had contact with the affected person.

We have a reduced café menu and a very small team, working very hard to welcome you.

Please do follow us on Facebook as we may need to close at short notice if the situation changes.

Sadly we need to cancel Burger Night and Pizza Night this weekend – we've contacted everyone who's booked.

Normal service should resume on Thurs 29th July.


Thanks for your understanding and for wearing a mask when inside the mill.