Stop by one of our cosy cafes for a tasty treat after you stroll around the lake or browse our gallery. Found on either side of Highfields Park both of our cafes are the perfect pit stop for a playdate.

Gallery Café

The perfect spot for catching up with friends or a relaxed business meeting. If you’re visiting our Djanogly Gallery this is a great place to round off your visit with coffee and cake. The Gallery Café serves breakfast, snacks, lunches and afternoon tea. 

Opening times: 
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am-4pm
Sunday: 12noon-4pm 

To book your table call 0115 846 7179 or email

Pavilion Café and Kiosk

The Pavilion Café is in our DH Lawrence Pavilion and offers a beautiful view of the lake.  

Here you’ll find a variety of delicious cakes, speciality teas and coffees plus a range of breakfast and lunch options. We have plenty of indoor seating, plus high chairs are available. 

If you’re on the go, stop by the Pavilion Kiosk. Grab a coffee, enjoy the range of snacks and sandwiches for on-the-go, or make the most of our outdoor seating. 

If you’re joining us for an evening event you’ll be to enjoy drinks and snacks ahead of the event. If you’d like to enjoy a pre-show meal before an evening event then we simply ask that you book a table at least three days in advance. Pre-show meals can be booked via Lakeside’s Box Office.

Opening times: 
Monday – Friday: 8am-4pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-4pm 

*For evening events the Pavilion Café is open from 5.45pm until the interval or 7.30pm, whichever is latest. 

For queries please email

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