Picton Castle and Gardens

Refreshments at Picton

Maria’s Cafe & Restaurant


  • March – October 10 am-5 pm daily
  • November – March 10 am – 4 pm (weekends only in January)

Our cafe has a Spanish themed menu that changes seasonally to create a superb selection of dishes. All food is prepared fresh to order, using local produce where possible. The restaurant is fully licenced. Reservations are not normally taken during the busy summer or Bank Holiday periods, but can be made at other times – please call 01437 751346 for more details.

Please be aware that Maria’s Cafe is a facility for our visitors, so if you would like to visit the cafe normal admission will apply.

The Picnic Box

Situated in the Courtyard, providing take away tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sandwiches, ice cream and cold drinks during the school holidays.

The Potting Shed

A pop-up cafe located next to the Walled Garden serving hot and cold drinks and a selection of sandwiches, cakes and ice-cream. From April to September, with plenty of seating in the garden nearby.

The Book Shop

There is a coffee machine serving hot drinks available in The Pre-Loved Bookshop.

Maria’s –  Fascinating Background…

Maria’s Cafe has been at Picton for nearly 20 years. Maria, who is from a small town in Spain, is a passionate lover of food: “I have lived in this country for so many years but I am happy to say I have never lost my appetite for good Spanish food… I make authentic, rustic dishes, not fancy or decorative; only glorious food, cooked with love and paired with great Spanish wine.”

Maria is something of a local celebrity, having cooked a traditional Spanish dish for Celebrity Chef Nigel Slater on BBC1 in the summer of 2015 and for the HM the late Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Picton in 2014.