Open Wednesday – Sunday (plus Bank Holiday Mondays).
Lunch served 12 – 2.30pm, afternoon tea served 12 – 5pm (last orders at 4.45pm/3.45pm in winter).
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
- Gluten Free Available
- Free Parking
- Dietary Needs Catered For
- Buffets, Business Meetings, Functions catered for
About The Column Room Restaurant
The Column Room Restaurant at Hestercombe offers quintessentially British afternoon teas and lunches from the prettiest room in Hestercombe House. Originally the sitting room of the Portman family, you can enjoy stunning views over the Formal Gardens of the Victorian Terrace and Great Plat while you sip your loose leaf tea, just as they would in the late 19th century.
Only the freshest, most vibrant ingredients are chosen for the Column Room - find our regularly changing menu on our website.
First time we had been to have afternoon tea at Hestercombe and it didn’t disappoint! Service was welcoming and friendly, they accommodated our change to sandwiches orders and the service was fantastic from start to finish!
Great food and excellent service - more than a meal, an occasion.
Lovely afternoon tea, we had a table by the window which was great.
Great gluten free selection. Friendly and polite staff.
Excellent welcome, cooking and waiting staff. Thank you.
Lovely staff & excellent food
Lemon macaroons are literally amazing. So yummy!! Thank you. Gave 4 stars as I feel that £100 for a few sandwiches and some cakes plus 1 glass of fizz was a bit pricey. A lovely treat though.
Came here for Valentine's Afternoon tea. Wasn't overly pricey, food and service were nice and the setting made it feel so special- lovely visit!
We came here for the Valentines Afternoon Tea. The sandwich selection was a little strange, and would have preferred something considered more normal. I felt the price was a little high considering two of us shared only four sandwich fingers and an assortment of small cakes. Wasn't very busy in there which may have contributed to the lack of atmosphere, it felt very formal.
Customer service from Jess prior to booking was excellent
Enjoyed a couple of hours catching up with a good friend.
Beautiful food, excellent service and great value for money
The whole experience was very good and the waitress was extremely friendly and helpful.
Special treat in special surroundings. Service and food superb!
Lovely meal and good service in a wonderful ambience
I made a reservation to treat a friend to a birthday lunch. We were not disappointed, we were given a table with a perfect view of the gardens. The menu was impressive and, my friends request to have a starter changed to a main course was not a problem for the chef, who presented a very comprehensive main course of his scallop dish. We finished off with a wonderful chocolate brioche bread and butter pudding served with marmalade ice cream which, had just the right amount of tartness to compliment the rich chocolate brioche. The difficult issue then, was whether to work off our superb lunch with a stroll through the gardens or, return to the book shop to gently peruse the excellent shelves. The Column Room is a wonderful choice to celebrate a special occasion.
Went for an afternoon tea for a surprise for my friend, they allowed as to go earlier and set the table up with birthday bits, the lady serving was so lovely, food was just amazing!!!!
Lovely afternoon tea in a beautiful setting. Would recommend and will definitely come back again.
We had a lovely afternoon tea in the restaurant, the service was brilliant, the food was fantastic and we had a table next to the window with the views of the garden. We had a few ‘fussy’ requests in which the restaurant was very accommodating. Thank you! We’ll definitely be back.
We’ve been coming for a birthday treat every year for last few years this time we thought traditional cream tea was disappointing but the service as always was amazing and Jess the waitress was really lovely and very professional x
Visited for afternoon tea as a birthday surprise for a friend. It was perfect. We had a delicious feast - lots of it locally sourced - overlooking the stunning gardens, and were well looked after by staff. It all made for a great occasion and lovely memories. Can't recommend highly enough.
Perhaps another option on the main menu would be good, slightly limited. Other than that all was very good
Magical location, matched by excellent service and a varied and interesting menu is only slightly marred by the London pricing which was just under £40 a head for two courses plus wine. Add to that the garden ticket entry and it's an expensive experience.
Excellent afternoon tea and the service was fantastic. I would highly recommend