Information regarding recent developments at Bader College and Herstmonceux Castle. (20/11/2023)

Recently, we have learned about a number of structural issues at the Castle requiring immediate attention, including repairs needed to the south wall of the building. A structural engineer visited the Castle two weeks ago and confirmed that the situation is more serious than previously understood.
As a result, portions of the Castle have closed to ensure the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty, and out of an abundance of caution, all operations at the Castle have been suspended. Academic programming at Bader College has moved online until the end of the fall term, and students will continue their studies in January at the Kingston, Ontario, campus of Queen’s University in Canada. Bader College staff and professionals from Queen’s University are working very hard to ensure a smooth transition for all involved.
Bader College continues to assess the situation and the full extent of the work needed, but it is clear at this point that repairs to the Castle will take at least 12-18 months. Additionally, a complete survey of other areas of the Castle will be undertaken in late January/early February.
We realise this may be distressing news for many within the local community, and those with close ties to Bader College and the Castle. As much as possible, we will keep you informed about ongoing developments at the Castle.

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Chestnuts Tea Room


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Come and indulge yourselves at The Chestnuts Tea Rooms at Herstmonceux Castle. We serve a delicious range of pastries, hot and cold light lunches, sandwiches, and treats for the whole family.

Enjoy a classic cream tea under our ancient Chestnut trees and choose from an assortment of classic cakes such as Victoria Sponge and Carrot Cake, to contemporary favourites such as Chocolate and Cappuccino Truffle cake.

Children can choose from their own special ‘Baby Chestnuts’ menu, and we also serve a variety of ice creams and lollies to cool them down on those hot days.

Our handy takeaway family picnic boxes and classic cream tea boxes are perfect to enjoy by the moat, or take with you as you explore and discover your own new favourite spot in our estate.

We serve a range of Fairtrade certified hand-crafted coffees, rich Fairtrade hot chocolates and a full assortment of leaf teas.

Our friendly staff will be only too happy to help with any special dietary requirements, please just ask.


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  • Locally sourced where possible
  • All disposables are compostable
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