Family friendly café and bistrot in Newark

In the historic market town of Newark on Trent sits Gannets Daycafé and Bistrot! Established in 1979, Gannets Daycafé and Bistro, Castle Gate is a renowned stopping place with fabulous food and a warm welcome. Housed in an elegant Georgian building situated opposite the ruins and grounds of beautiful Newark Castle, Gannets is an idyllic location perfect for visitors looking to eat and drink in Newark.

Gannets is family owned, maintaining a legacy of signature dishes using locally sourced and organic ingredients, a seasonal menu and daily specials. Gannets provides delicious food for vegetarians and vegans as well as daily choices of dairy and gluten-free lunches, cakes and puddings. There is also a lovely children’s menu available.


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Gannets daycafe menus

Daycafe menu

 Our delicious hot drinks, lemonade, lovely lunches, scrumptious snacks and perfect puds and cakes are all homemade using organic and locally sourced ingredients including fruit and veg from Maxey’s farm shop, Newark. Vegan, vegetarian, dairy and gluten-free options all available.

Breakfast menu

Traditional English, Eggs Benedict, vegan and vegetarian breakfasts available using locally sourced bacon and sausages from Sibeys’ and free range eggs from Peter Cobb, Darlton on Trent. Accompany it with a hot drink (oat and soya milk options available) or freshly squeezed orange juice. Served until 11:00am Monday-Saturday and until 12:00pm on Sunday.

Gannets cafes and bistro Newark, Nottinghamshire

Children's menu

Our children’s menu, which includes vegan and vegetarian options, uses organic and locally sourced ingredients but in smaller portions for babies, children and those with a smaller appetite! Our lunches, snacks, puddings and cakes are perfect for even the pickiest of eaters.

party at home menu

Whether you would like a hot dish, special cake, our signature carrot cake or pudding, our party at home menu is the perfect solution! We can provide delicious dishes for vegetarians and vegans as well as choices of dairy and gluten free dishes, cakes and puddings.

Gannets cafes and bistro Newark, Nottinghamshire

Food Allergy or intolerance?

If you have a food allergy, intolerance or coeliac disease then please speak a member of our team about the ingredients in your food and drink before you order. Our friendly and helpful staff will be happy to help.


On the second floor of our Daycafe in Newark we have a lovely bistrot facility that all guests are welcome to use. It provides a more relaxed dining atmosphere than the hustle and bustle of a busy cafe, as well as being available for private parties, reservations or special occasions.

Got a celebration coming up?

We offer a private hire service in our first floor beautiful bistro! We can cater for weddings, birthdays, baby showers, whatever your occasion we can take care of it! Available 7 days a week, lunchtime or evening. You can personalise and build your own unique menu, with the guidance of our team or choose from our signature dishes and enjoy this beautiful private space overlooking the wonderful castle grounds!

Fancy an afternoon tea party?

Our bistro offers pre-booked tea parties for 15 to 30 guests. Enjoy dainty sandwiches, home-baked scones with jam and whipped cream, and a selection of scrumptious cakes with real leaf tea, Monmouth coffee or add some bubbles for that extra sparkle. You can even build your own selection from our homemade savoury and sweet delights!

Hosting a charity fundraising event?

Have you considered organising a cocktail party or a dinner event to include an auction, raffle or quiz? Whatever your ideas we can accommodate you and your guests. Invite friends, family or a corporate affair, you can enjoy an wonderful evening in our beautiful bistro whilst raising funds for your charity.

Getting married?

We have the perfect venue for a lovely, intimate wedding reception in an elegant setting overlooking the stunning Newark Castle grounds. We can cater for small to medium weddings in our stunning bistro or in our main café with extended areas that include our bright and airy garden room and our secret garden!


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10% off. Daily specials available

Our entire menu including our daily specials are available to take away with a 10% discount off our list price. Both our cafés at Middlebeck and Castle Gate offer a take away facility. 

Whether you fancy a coffee and cake on your daily walk or someone else to take care of the cooking tonight, pop in or order in advance……

Lovely cafe on the edge of the town centre. Great fresh food, the soup was amazing and daily handmade cakes. I had white chocolate, cinnamon and almond bread and butter pudding and it was delicious!!
Clara Lewis

Very good. Had called in here for a bacon butty, when out on a cycle ride . They do Bacon on a toasted muffin, which was very tasty. Full safety measures in place. Table service by a very nice waitress.
John Arbury

Amazing food, swift service, great for a lunch hour visit, lovely staff
Sandra Millar

Lovely breakfast, local smoked bacon and Lincolnshire sausage from local butchers.
Portion size was spot on very tasty
Wish I’d visited before and will definitely make a return visit
John Edlin

My dad and I have been coming to this cafe for several years now, the food is always fresh and tasty and the service is excellent
Karl Broberg

One of our favourite places for lunch in Newark. All food freshly prepared with a handful of specials daily. Great staff and puddings/cake to die for. Do not do sandwiches, it’s light bites, tasty salads or delicious hot lunches.
Pat Bray


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Gannets Daycafe

35 Castle Gate
NG24 1AZ

01636 702 066

Gannets Daycafe

35 Castle Gate,
NG24 1AZ