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Where to eat


    ​Butler's Retreat, Chingford


    Refreshment kiosk in Wanstead Park

​There are some excellent refreshment facilities in Epping Forest to suit every budget, including the newly refurbished Butler's Retreat café, a refreshment kiosk in Wanstead Park and tea huts located in High Beach. Further information about the opening times and contact details (if available) for these venues can be found below. 

Butler’s Retreat seeks to provide visitors with the very best produce which is local, artisan and organic where possible. It caters well for vegetarians and those with other dietary requirements. The serving hatch is open for those wishing to stop for a quick tea, coffee or homemade ice-cream whilst they are out and about enjoying Epping Forest.

There are also many other quality establishments serving food and drink in the towns surrounding Epping Forest.

So whether you're looking for a luxurious three course meal or a family home-made picnic with a cold drink from the kiosk, there is somewhere for everyone at Epping Forest.

Barbecues are not allowed and please remember to take your rubbish home with you!

The Holly Trail Café

​The Holly Trail Café, between Chingford Golf Course and Chingford Plain, serves wholesome food using high quality locally-sourced ingredients.


4 Bury Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QR

Holly Trail Café map

Opening hours

Weekdays: 7.30am - 4pm

Weekends: 7.30am - 5pm


Butler's Retreat

Butler’s Retreat, near The View and Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, offers high quality refreshments throughout the week.


12 Rangers Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QH

Butler's Retreat map

Opening hours

Weekdays: 9am - 5pm

Weekends: 9am - 6pm



Butler’s Retreat dates from the 19th century and was originally built as a barn. It is the last remaining working 'retreat' or traditional refreshment centre for visitors to the forest. Local entrepreneurs set up Retreats across the forest from 1878 to cater for the hundreds of thousands of Epping Forest visitors and competed for custom with added attractions such as donkey rides and fun fair rides.

Café in the Park

Café in the Park offers sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drinks in the heart of Wanstead Park.


Heronry Pond, Wanstead Park, London, E12 5HA

Café in the Park map

Opening hours

March to September, plus school holidays

Weekends: 9am - 6pm

Weekdays: 9am - 6pm

October to February

Weekends: 9am - 6pm

Weekdays: closed

The Acorn Tea Hut

​The Acorn Tea Hut serves food and drinks in the heart of the Forest at Pillow Mounds.


Pillow Mounds Car Park, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AE

Acorn Tea Hut map

Opening hours


Every day: 10am - 5pm


Every day: 10am - 4pm

The Original Tea Hut

​Min's Tea Hut, sometimes referred to as 'The Bikers' Tea Hut', due to its popularity with motorcyclists, is located in the heart of the Forest at High Beach.


Cross Roads Car Park, Loughton, IG10 4HR

Min's Tea Hut car park

Opening hours

Every day: 9am to 6pm