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Nestled in a quiet corner on the North West shore of Strangford Lough at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, the Kingfisher Kitchen is a hidden gem with unrivalled and uninterrupted views of the wonderful wildlife and lake across to Scrabo Tower.

Eat, drink, shop - Our superb restaurant and shop are just the job

Whether you are visiting Castle Espie to explore, or just calling in to sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of tea, the unique and exciting Kingfisher Kitchen is perfect for spectacular views over the reserve and a delicious bite to eat, followed by a spot of gift and souvenir hunting in our shop. Best of all, every penny you spend supports conservation.

The Kingfisher Kitchen - Great Food by Nature

Our picturesque Kingfisher Kitchen comes with sweeping views over Strangford Lough and our Sensory Garden. Throughout the week, we serve home-cooked hearty breakfasts, seasonal specials, light lunches and Castle Espie classics. We’ve also hand-picked a selection of quality fair-trade coffee and teas, the perfect match for our signature scones, tempting tray bakes, moreish muffins and homemade cakes and tarts.

There are lots of menu options for little ones, child-friendly facilities, a soft play area and plenty of room for buggies too.

Grab a coffee or sit-down with a meal – this is hearty, wholesome refreshment, open all day long.

WWT gift shop - Something for everyone

Fall for our gorgeous WWT gifts, toys and souvenirs, as well as the latest nature books and garden bird-care essentials. Plus, you can try our Opticron binoculars and monoculars before you buy, or hire them for just £5. Open all day long.