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Local Catering Services by Davina Lovegreen

Davina Lovegreen Catering is a local outside catering business and is thrilled to be back at Thornton Hall open days once more.

We pride ourselves in using our own meat from the farm, making the sausages, bacon, and burgers that we have on site which is available from the fast food unit.

We also offer a selection of sandwiches, cakes, soup, and salads as well as traditional freshly baked scones and cakes. There is a barista coffee machine on site so fresh coffee can be made just for you.


Fresh Coffee £3.00

Yorkshire Tea £2.00

Dry Cured Bacon Rolls £5.00

Homemade Sausages in a Roll £5.00

Cold Sandwiches from £3.50

Pre boxed Salads £7.50

Cakes from £2.50

Freshly baked scones from £3.50

Afternoon Tea

If you would like to prebook afternoon tea, this must be done at least 7 days in advance but numbers are limited.

The Afternoon tea box includes:

  • 3 Finger sandwiches
  • Scone with jam and cream
  • Chocolate Brownie Bite
  • Finger of Fruit Cake with Cheese
  • Flaked Almond Slice
  • Tea or Coffee

£15 per person.

Please note this is served in an allocated area which must be prebooked with an allocated time.

Guests that have not booked afternoon tea will not be permitted to dine in the allocated area.
We can accommodate a vegetarian option for the prebooked afternoon tea, however, we cannot accommodate other dietary requirements. To book afternoon tea, please email

The afternoon tea is prepacked, presented, and changes cannot be made.

What visitors say about Thornton Hall Gardens

Author 1

From the minute you walk through the small door into this amazing garden you are hit by the wow factor.

Author 2

My favourite garden in the north east of England, there is something for everybody.

Author 3

I have never seen such a variety of unusual perennials - I didn't know there were so many different hostas and heucheras!

Author 4

Fabulous collection of peonies one that you shouldn't miss.

Author 5

If you are looking for a day out in County Durham a visit to Thornton Hall Gardens is a must for all garden lovers.

Author 6

Thornton Hall Gardens must have one of the largest collections of David Austin roses in a private garden in the country - the perfume in late June early July is magnificent and something all garden lovers should experience.

Author 7

One of Britain's finest new gardens, with a very old past - fascinating.

Author 8

A beautiful old Hall accompanied by gardens full of flamboyant colour, go and see for yourself.

Author 9

A great venue for a photo shoot.

Author 10

One of Darlington's best tourist attractions - not to be missed.

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Thornton Hall, Staindrop Road, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 2NB

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