All across the South Kesteven district you’ll find lovely little cafés serving the tastiest homemade cakes and delicacies. There are far too many to name them all, but if you’re visiting any of the market towns of Grantham, Bourne, Stamford, or Market Deeping you’ll find that a delight awaits you around every corner.

So, whether you prefer a traditional afternoon cream tea, or a speciality barista-crafted coffee, here’s our guide to just a few of the many cafés in South Kesteven. We’re sure it will whet your appetite for exploring these wonderful towns and sampling not only the refreshments that they have to offer, but also their rich cultural heritage.


The Garden Yard Café

The Garden Yard Café

The Garden Yard café on Union Street, Grantham is an oasis of green in the town centre. Here you can enjoy your food and drinks in a beautiful garden setting. No booking is required as the café works on a policy of walk-ins only. The café is dog friendly, cyclists are welcome and there is room to store bikes. Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 9:30am-4:00pm. Take a look at the The Garden Yard Facebook page, or for full details visit The Garden Yard Café.

Dry Doddington

JandJ Alpaca Centre and Coffee Shop

JandJ Alpaca Centre situated at Meadow Farm on Clensey Lane, Dry Doddington has a delightful café overlooking the alpaca fields. Spend some time watching the alpacas whilst sampling a homemade delight and your favourite beverage. Opening times are seven days a week 10:00am-5:00pm. For full details go to JandJ Alpaca Centre and Coffee Shop.

Corby Glen

The March Hare

The March Hare is a stunning tearoom, catering for breakfasts, light lunches and more, based at 6a Market Place, Corby Glen. It attracts locals with its homemade fare, is popular with cyclists. Takeaway is available and the secret garden area is now open. Call ahead to avoid disappointment. Open seven days a week 9:00am-4:00pm. Take a look at the The March Hare Facebook page or for full information visit the The March Hare.

Lili’s Tea Room

Market Deeping

Lili’s Tea Room

Why not visit Lili’s Tea Room on Market Gate, Market Deeping to meet with friends, or for an informal business meeting? The café is well respected by the local community and offers light lunches, speciality cakes and the ultimate traditional afternoon tea. Opening hours are Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 4:30pm and Sat: 8:30am – 4:00pm. You can take a look at the Lili’s Tea Room Facebook page, or for full details visit Lili’s Tea Room


Café au Chocolat

Café au Chocolat is located at 2 Ironmonger Street, Stamford. No trip to the beautiful 17th century market town of Stamford would be complete without a visit to Café au Chocolate. Serving up a taste of continental France from the setting of a 17th century home to Stamford residents and visitors alike this café is a real treat. Café au Chocolate is inspired by its owner’s love of travelling and a desire to share some of the exquisite tastes she has experienced. Sweet and savoury crêpes made front of house from authentic gluten free flour, from the Brittany region of France, are also available. Opening times are Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 5.00pm and Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm. No need to travel all the way to France, just go to Café au Chocolat


The Little Teapot

The Little Teapot can be found at 27 Wherry’s Lane, Bourne and serves fresh produce each day. Meet with friends, or just read the newspaper peacefully whilst enjoying your favourite barista made blend of coffee or tea. Afternoon tea is also available including a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, scones and a selection of cakes and sweet treats. Opening times are Wednesday 10:00am – 2:00pm and Thursday – Saturday between 10:00am and 3:00pm. For more information go to The Little Teapot Facebook page.


The Tack Room café

The Tack Room Café at Fulbeck Craft Centre on Lincoln Road in Fulbeck offers delicious fare. The Craft Centre is open from Tuesday to Sunday, with the tea room open from Thursday to Sunday. Check out the The Tack Room café Facebook page or for full information visit

South Kesteven has some of the finest and well-loved cafés and tea rooms in the county. Meeting with friends and family can have such a positive impact on our health and well-being, and after almost 18 months of social restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic, safe social interaction is now more important than ever. So, whether you fancy just going out for a coffee to meet friends, or you need to take a break on a walk or bike ride, there are plenty of places to visit across our wonderful district.

Still can’t decide what to do? Go to our attractions page for information on all of our historic houses and places of interest.