The Larder at Butlers Retreat

The Larder

Butlers Retreat

Our beautifully restored Essex barn offers an idyllic retreat in the heart of Epping Forest. The venue boasts stunning views over Chingford Plain and an array of locally sourced food & drinks options, from brunch to light lunches, coffee & cakes and we’re fully licensed so you can enjoy a craft beer or glass of wine too. We have plenty of seating both inside and out, and whilst dogs are not permitted inside (other than whilst ordering) they are very welcome at our outside tables.

Please note we offer a relaxed, counter-style service and so we do not take table bookings, unless it’s for afternoon tea or larger groups with catering.

View our latest menu here.

Looking to hire one of our spaces or organise daytime refreshments for larger groups? Take a look at our Daytime Catering brochure.

Current Opening Times

  • 9am – 4pm weekdays
  • 9am – 5pm weekends
  • Kitchen closes at 3pm

From 10th May we will be open until 5pm on both weekdays and weekends

Open every day except Christmas Day.

Hours will change in October, please check back for updates.

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Parking – we do not have a car park, and no cars are permitted to drive behind the café (other than blue badge holders) – there is a car park across the road operated by the City of London. This car park does not take cash or card, payment must be made via the Ringo App – if you don’t already have it we suggest downloading this app before you set off, whilst you have good wifi! Paying by phone may also be possible, check signage on arrival.

Why not travel by train? Every 15 minutes the London Overground service shuttles between Liverpool Street and Chingford station, from where it’s about 10 minutes walk to Butler’s Retreat and Epping Forest. This train goes via Bethnal Green, Hackney and Walthamstow so jump on at one of those stations for an even quicker ride (just 9 minutes from Walthamstow Central). Click here to see the times to Chingford Station