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Picnicking and dining

Fine food and a visit to Glyndebourne go hand-in-hand

Tour dining

Enhance your autumn visit to Glyndebourne

Enjoy an afternoon tea before the show, or stay for dinner after the performance.

Afternoon Tea at Mildmay

Mildmay also offers a quintessentially British, pre-performance afternoon tea.

Join us for a sumptuous selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, baked goods and beverages.

Post-performance dining at Middle & Over

Enjoy dinner after the performance in our chandelier lit Middle and Over Wallop restaurant. Our dishes are inspired by contemporary British cuisine, and each is prepared with responsibly sourced ingredients and brought to life with powerful flavour combinations.

Festival dining

All of our Festival performances have a 90 minute long dining interval for you to enjoy our gardens and restaurants.

You are very welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy in the gardens, or you can save yourself the hassle and book one from us, for collection on your arrival. You can find out more about the dining options below.

Middle and Over Wallop

The Galvin Brothers will be bringing their modern British style to Middle & Over Wallop, our fine-dining restaurant. The exclusively curated menu features a selection of signature dishes also served at their Michelin-starred restaurant Galvin La Chapelle.

Dishes reflect the best of locally sourced ingredients and its kitchen is very much the culinary epicentre of Glyndebourne. Surrounded by memorabilia from previous productions and lit by Swarovski crystal chandeliers, the ambience created is one of elegance and refinement in which to enjoy a three-course seasonal gastronomic experience.


Mildmay serves traditional British cuisine in a relaxing dining atmosphere. The restaurant’s classical approach is both casual and charming, showcasing locally sourced ingredients from Sussex and the South coast.

Mildmay will also be serving afternoon teas pre-performance.

Nether Wallop

New for 2022, Nether Wallop restaurant has been transformed into a casual dining space with sustainability at its core.

Working with local suppliers, focusing on ‘plant forward’ and utilising ingredients such as the catch of the day, the menu will be flexible to ensure food wastage is minimised and our carbon footprint is reduced.

You will be able to book your Festival 2023 dining at in early 2023

Booking a picnic

Our Traditional Picnic features sharing treats that are freshly prepared daily, using local suppliers.

With a selection of refreshments, prepared and packed with care, our hampers offer a true taste of Glyndebourne.

Picnic booking for Festival 2023 will open at in early 2023

Bringing your own picnic

As always, you are very welcome to bring your own picnic, and find a place in the gardens to enjoy the interval.

Under-cover picnic tables are available on the Circle and Upper Circle levels of the opera house on a first-come-first-served basis.


Our marquees offer audiences protection from the elements while you are picnicking during the interval.

In order to ensure that you will be under cover in the event of bad weather, you will need to pre-book a space in one of our marquees or stretch tents.

Changes to chair and table hire

To ensure that we are able to provide an improved service during your visit to Glyndebourne we are unfortunately no longer able to provide table and chair hire for specific locations in the gardens. We have increased the number of alternative dining options available for your visit:

  • If you are purchasing a picnic from Dining at Glyndebourne a porter service and furniture hire will be included.
  • If you are bringing your own picnic and would like a guaranteed under-cover dining space, our marquees are available to book and are suitable for shade and wet weather protection.
  • If you would like to bring your own picnic furniture, our front of house team will be ready to help take it to your chosen area of the gardens.

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