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Interval & Dining

The 90-minute long dinner interval is a central feature of an evening at Garsington Opera and there are a variety of dining options available for you to make the most of your experience. In addition, our caterers offer a number of pre-performance dining options to enhance your visit.

“…the Wormsley restaurant is superb – the best catering arrangement, including food, wine list and service, of any other opera company in the kingdom.” Paul Levy, Arts Journal

How to book your dining

Members making a priority booking will receive instructions on how to make restaurant, picnic, tent and table bookings once seat allocations are confirmed via email.

Affiliate Members, GO≤35 Members and those booking after public booking is open can book tents and tables at the time of booking their opera tickets. Restaurant and picnic booking instructions will be sent upon confirmation of your tickets.

Canapés on a black slate serving platter


Perfect to share prior to the performance, canapés can be collected from the Champagne Bar or delivered to guests’ picnic tents.

Afternoon tea
Take traditional afternoon tea served in vintage china next to the famous Wormsley Cricket Ground, or make it extra special with a bottle of champagne.

Audience members on their way into the glass-fronted restaurant tent


Enjoy the complete fine-dining experience in our glass-fronted restaurant. Looking out over the iconic Wormsley Cricket Ground, our restaurant boasts one of the most stunning views in Britain.

Private dining tent with trees and a blue sky behind


Order a picnic
Enjoy a mouth-watering gourmet or traditional picnic from Feasts, complete with coffee and chocolates. Served at complimentary tables overlooking the Cricket Ground or, for a small additional charge, in booked tents in the Deer Park, picnics are presented in a wicker hamper and include a generous selection of al fresco favourites.

Bring a picnic
Settle at a table by the lake, take in the panorama from the upper terrace of the Opera Pavilion, enjoy a private party in the Granary, reserve a picnic tent in the Deer Park, or join the celebratory atmosphere on one of our free tables in a shared tent.

Private dining

Private dining and entertaining spaces are available:

  • A private tent looking onto the Deer Park
  • The Granary in our beautiful Opera Garden

We highly recommend celebrating a special occasion in one of our exclusive venues with dining options tailored to your requirements.

  • The Island Pavilion set in the middle of the lake, for parties of up to 20 people
  • The Cricket Pavilion which seats up to 10
  • The Chilterns Tent overlooking the Cricket Ground for larger parties

To book for a special evening at Garsington Opera please call the Box Office on 01494 376037.

Traditional Cricket Pavilion and tent restaurant with the bank of the cricket pitch in the foreground