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Picnicking and dining

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

Festival 2021

All of the performances this summer will have a traditional long dining interval for you to enjoy our gardens and restaurants.

You can now book your dining for Festival 2021 at You can find out more about each of the dining options below.

In terms of the dining experience, our restaurants will be laid out differently and we’ll be carefully managing your entry and exit. There’ll be other tried-and-tested safety measures in the kitchen and for our waiting staff too.

As always, 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.


New for 2021, Mildmay will serve traditional British cuisine in a relaxing dining atmosphere. The restaurant’s classical approach is both casual and charming and will feature our incredibly popular fish pie and Beef Wellington dishes, showcasing locally sourced ingredients from Sussex and the South coast.

Many of the dishes will be familiar from our usual Nether Wallop carvery, which is unavailable this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. The informal setting is ideal for diners looking for a comfortable and cosy experience with familiar fare and friendly table service.

Mildmay will also be serving afternoon teas pre-performance.

Nether Wallop

Due to COVID-19 restrictions it isn’t possible to offer our traditional carvery this summer, and Nether Wallop will remain closed for Festival 2021.

However, you can enjoy many of the classic British dishes, including Beef Wellington and fish pie, at Mildmay.


Booking a picnic

We are delighted to introduce our Traditional Picnic, new for Festival 2021, which can be booked in advance via

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

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.

Please note that at Festival 2021 there will be no picnic tables available on the foyer, circle or upper circle levels of the opera house due to the queueing system for the auditorium.


For Festival 2021 we have expanded our range of under-cover marquees to offer audiences protection from the elements.

If you would like to guarantee a place in a marquee, you can pay to reserve a place. Subject to availability, a limited number of places in the Greenhouse Marquee will be available to use free of charge on the day, on a first-come-first-served basis.

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