The Nightingale Café

We regret to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances the kitchen will be closed on Wednesday 24th January 2024. We hope to reopen on Thursday 25th, and resume normal service. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to your visit.

Join us at the Nightingale Cafe for a delicious brunch, lunch or tea and cake.

The cafe is open 10am – 3pm Tuesday – Saturday.

Lunch is served Tuesday – Saturday between 12 o’clock – 2pm.

From lunches to homemade cakes, scones and biscuits there is always something to satisfy your taste buds.

We have an outside seating area to meet friends and family or to sit with your four-legged friends. We also have an outside family pack to keep you all entertained.

A Walking Trail is also available with information about the history of the local area.

If there are more than six people in your group please contact the Museum to reserve a table.

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All our products are produced in an environment that handles NUTS and EGGS so TRACES may be present.  Allergen information is available for all our dishes, please ask a member of staff for further details.

Outside Terrace

Outside seating is available on the terrace giving views over to the airfield.  If you are lucky enjoy seeing the Spitfires take off while you refresh with lunch or cake.

We are dog friendly on the terrace with facilities for your dog to refresh.

Group Catering 

We welcome visits from groups and are able to offer you catering for your visit, when booking in advance. Visit our Group visits page to find out more. Please let us know of any particular requirements your group may have. Any group use of our café facilities must be booked for in advance.

Private Hire

We welcome enquiries from individuals looking to hold private events and parties in the café, visit our Private Hire page for further information.

Our Story

The Nightingale Café is named in honour of the original Nightingale Café located on Biggin Hill’s South Camp.

Bill Greensmith and his wife ran the Nightingale Café on Biggin Hill’s Army Camp from 1928.  A café had been there since the First World War and its location next to a large army barracks made for good business. The tearoom served tea and cake to the soldiers as well as to passing trade.

Today the Nightingale Café is part of RAF Biggin Hill Museum & Chapel and has an unique mural illustrated by Olivia Boutrou. This mural reflects the stories of Geoff, the elder child.  The illustration compiles the stories of this unique café, part of the military zone but nonetheless a place of camaraderie and humanity, a place where pilots and soldiers from all horizons could grab a short instant of peace in this time of war.  This illustration project was Highly commended by the jury at the AOI world Illustration award 2019.