Eating, drinking & parking

Whether you're having a family day out or taking part in one of the outdoor activities around Chew Valley lake, there are two restaurants to choose from for a great dining experience. Find out more below...

Due to the safety of our visitors, we have temporarily closed the car parks to our lakeside facilities. That means that only those who live in walking distance are able to access them at the moment. We are working with the police and local parish councils to work out a way we can responsibly reopen, but your safety always comes first. With this in mind, we also ask you not to park on public highways as it is dangerous for you and other motorists. We’ll let you know when we have worked out a way to reopen, and what social distancing rules may be in place.

More info on our two restaurants...


The Woodford is based at Woodford Lodge – a tranquil venue on the west shore of Chew Valley Lake. Woodford Lodge is also home to our fly fishing activities and the grounds include the peaceful ‘life for a life’ memorial woodlands.


Whether you are coming for breakfast, morning coffee, lunch or even afternoon tea, you will find a warm welcome every time. Sit down, take in the view and relax; the team will be delighted to welcome you and make sure you enjoy your time in this beautiful place.


No parking charges apply at Woodford Lodge.


Visit The Woodford website for more information about the restaurant, opening times and booking.


Salt & Malt is based at our picturesque, family-friendly site at Picnic Area 1. It offers visitors a quintessentially British dining experience with a traditional tearoom, restaurant and fish and chips takeaway. There is also an ice-cream kiosk for the summer months, featuring ice-cream made right in the Chew Valley.


Parking is available with a charge of £2.20 (or an annual pass at £22); however, parking is free after 6pm. Also, if you spend more than £7 in Salt & Malt, you can get £1 back – just ask the team at the counter.


The charge applies all year round.


Visit the Salt & Malt website for more information about the restaurant, opening times and booking.

Annual parking passes


Get a parking pass for both of our picnic sites for a one-off fee of £20 and use it until the end of the year.


Apply by filling in the application form linked below and taking it to either Salt & Malt or Woodford Lodge to pay and obtain a car sticker.


The parking terms and conditions are also available below.


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