Preparing for your visit

We look forward to welcoming you to Garsington Opera this summer. To help you prepare for your visit, here is some essential information including dining options, where to go, what to expect and frequently asked questions.

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Welcome to Garsington Opera

Arrival & departure times
Wormsley is open from 3.30pm on performance days for guests to enjoy the gardens and grounds before the opera begins in the early evening and performances end between 10pm and 10.15pm. Taxis and drivers should arrive no later than 9.45pm for pick-up to avoid congestion on the drive.

Entry to the Estate
To gain access to Wormsley guests may be asked to show their tickets on arrival, or to provide the name of their host.

Picnic porters
Scout porters with trolleys and chauffeured golf buggies are available prior to the performance, to assist with carrying picnics from Home Field Car Park.

Dress code
Elegant evening dress is generally worn and warm layers are strongly advised. As the grass may be soft, stiletto and kitten heels are not recommended.

For performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia, we are encouraging audience members to dress in Mediterranean colours – terracotta, yellow ochre, azure blue etc. if they wish to.

Latecomers will only be admitted to the auditorium at a suitable break in the performance. This may not occur until the interval.

There will be supertitles for all performances.

Please inform us at the time of booking of any access needs for guests with restricted mobility or special requirements. For more information, please see our accessibility page

Dining options at Garsington Opera

The 85-minute long dinner interval is a central feature of an evening at Garsington Opera and there are a variety of dining options available for you to make the most of your experience. In addition, our caterers offer a number of pre-performance dining options to enhance your visit.

Perfect to share prior to the performance, canapés can be ordered to be collected from the Champagne Bar at your convenience. Afternoon tea can also be taken throughout the afternoon in the Boundary Room Restaurant overlooking the iconic Wormsley Cricket Ground.

The Boundary Room Restaurant
A delicious three-course dinner menu has been designed by Ollie Dabbous, chef patron of Michelin-starred Hide restaurant in Piccadilly, with our catering partners Feasts. Looking out over the beautiful Wormsley Cricket Ground, our restaurant boasts one of the most stunning views in Britain. Dining in the restaurant must be booked in advance. See the menu for further details.

The Gourmet or Traditional Picnics offer a delicious selection of al fresco favourites. Served in a wicker hamper, all come complete with mineral water, coffee and chocolate and are served at a complimentary table overlooking the Cricket Ground. If guests would prefer to enjoy their Feasts picnic in the Deer Park, tents and tables can be reserved for a small additional charge via the Garsington Box Office. Feasts picnics must be booked in advance. See the Picnic menu for further details.

For guests bringing their own picnic, there are numerous places to settle – pick a table by the beautiful lake, on the Champagne Lawn, or join the celebratory atmosphere on one of our free tables in a shared tent. Reservations can also be made for the Granary, a table on the Upper Terrace, a private tent, or a shared tent in the Deer Park.

Picnic tents & tables

Reserving picnic tents & tables
If you would like to book a tent or picnic table for your party, we recommend you reserve your preferred venue in advance. We also have some tables in tents available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.



Reservation cost

Booking requirement

Medium private tent

10-12 people


Small private tent

6-8 people

Large upper terrace picnic table

8 people

£10 per person

Small upper terrace picnic table

4 people

£10 per person

Picnic table in large shared tent (Deer Park)

Separate tables per group

£5 per person

Picnic table in shared tent (Cricket Ground)

Complimentary tables overlooking the Cricket Ground are provided with all Feasts picnics.

If you prefer to book a tent in the Deer Park then you can request to have your Feasts picnic delivered to it. Please indicate this when booking your Feasts picnic.

Reserve a special venue



Reservation cost

Booking requirement

The Granary

8–12 people seated or up to 20 standing


Chilterns Picnic Tent

Up to 24 people seated

Island Pavilion

Up to 22 people seated or 30 for buffet

Upon request

Cricket Pavilion

8–10 people

Upon request



The Feasts team is delighted to be back at Garsington Opera for the 13th year at Wormsley. For the 2023 season, we have once again teamed up with Michelin-starred Ollie Dabbous. We are thrilled to have him back, bringing his elegant and delicious flavours to the Wormsley Estate, with dishes inspired from HIDE, where Ollie is chef-patron.

Ollie honed his skill with many of the world’s top chefs, including two years with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison, a position at the legendary Mugaritz in Spain and the opening of Texture with Agnar Sverrisson, before opening his first Michelin-starred restaurant Dabbous in 2012.

Working alongside our seasoned team to develop the 2023 menu, Ollie’s aim is to create dishes that are familiar and respect the natural produce used. With his fresh and inspired twists on classic English flavours and ingredients, we are sure this menu will excite and delight you.

“One of the events I have genuinely enjoyed working on for the past two years has been cooking for the guests of Garsington Opera, and this summer, for the third year running, I shall be putting on my apron once again, and delivering a dinner that I hope guests and performers will find every bit as enthralling and memorable as the opera they are about to see”

Ollie Dabbous

"We are very fortunate to be partnering with acclaimed, Michelin Star chef, Ollie Dabbous, for a third year. Ollie’s signature dishes are traditional with a modern twist, bringing added interest and quality to the menu. The friendly welcome and efficiency of the Feasts team has become their trademark and we are delighted to be working in partnership with them again this year.

As before, we have collaborated with Ollie and Feasts to bring you a selection of fine dining experiences so whether you choose a table in the restaurant, book one of our private venues for a special occasion, or make picnicking easy with a delicious Feasts hamper, we hope you have a wonderful time enjoying all that Wormsley and Garsington have to offer."

Nicola Creed, Garsington Opera





We offer a choice of delicious dining options to enjoy on arrival and during the interval:


  • A choice of afternoon tea, cream tea or a smaller snack served overlooking the Wormsley Cricket Ground
  • Canapés and smoked salmon plates at the Champagne Bar or delivered to your picnic tent

During the interval:

  • A delicious three-course dinner served to your table in the Boundary Room Restaurant

  • A gorgeous gourmet, traditional, or vegetarian picnic served in a tent overlooking the Cricket Ground, or to your pre-booked table or tent in the Deer Park

  • A stunning three-course dinner served to a private party in the Cricket Pavilion or Island Pavilion

To dine in the Cricket or Island Pavilions, Chilterns Picnic Tent, Granary or a Deer Park tent, please contact the Garsington Box Office at to book.

*Please note, service charges may apply


Below you will find the detail of the various dining options that are available to book for your visit to Garsington Opera.

Please book online following these simple steps:

  1.  Read through our range of pre-performance and interval dining options at Garsington Opera

  2.  Study our wine list or head to the website to see the Corney & Barrow wine pairings

  3. Please visit for further information and follow the link to complete your booking.

Please pre-order your Champagne and canapés to collect from the champagne bar




We are delighted to offer you a range of afternoon teas to enjoy before the performance, served overlooking the famous Wormsley Cricket Ground.

Afternoon tea
£21.50 per person

Includes all of the following:

Caramelised apple and fennel sausage roll

Hot smoked salmon and pickled cucumber sandwich

Mature cheddar and chutney sandwich

Chocolate mirror cake

Peach melba frangipane

Mini buttermilk scone, strawberry jam and clotted cream

A pot of classic English breakfast tea or speciality tea

Celebration tea
Additional £76.00

Make your afternoon tea a celebration by adding a bottle of Deutz Brut Classic NV Champagne, or choose another Champagne from our wine list.

Cream tea
£9.50 per person

Large buttermilk scone with strawberry jam & clotted cream

Classic English breakfast or speciality tea

Available to purchase on the day:

Freshly baked cakes, from our selection
£4.50 each

Hot smoked salmon and pickled cucumber sandwich
Mature cheddar and chutney sandwich
£5.25 per round

Caramelised apple and fennel sausage roll and homemade brown sauce


Our platters are perfect to share with your guests before the opera, and can be served at the Champagne Bar or delivered to your picnic tent.

Pre-performance canapés
£10.80 per person

Includes all of the following:

Summer pea, spring onion jam and vegan feta tart (vg)

Vintage Montgomery and truffle gougère (v)

Yuzu salmon blini, English wasabi and coriander

Whiskey and soy beef, green onion, crispy wonton

Traditional plate of smoked salmon
£9.50 per person

Smoked salmon, buttered brown bread, fresh lemon

We advise that you pre-order your Deutz Champagne and Oxford Rye Organic Dry Gin & Tonic

“Perfect Feasts - very generous, delicious food and great people.”

Please email our team prior to booking if you need any allergen information.

Please note: We are unable to guarantee that all of our dishes are allergen free




A delicious three-course dinner including coffee, water and after dinner truffles all served in the beautifully dressed Boundary Room Restaurant overlooking the Wormsley Cricket Ground.

£86.00 per person.


Burrata with basil pesto, pickled red fruit and candy beetroot (v)

Tuna tartare with horseradish, barley and nasturtium

Pea hummus with dressed summer vegetables and toasted focaccia (vg)

Asparagus with soft boiled egg, hazelnut crumb and hollandaise dressing (v)

Ripe tomato salad with tarama and black olive (v)

Main Courses

Roast lamb rump, crushed Jersey Royals, braised peas, lettuce, mint and roasting juices
Supplement of £8.00

Pork fillet with celeriac, mustard and black pudding

Pan-roasted monkfish with turmeric buttermilk, shaved fennel and curry leaves
Supplement of £6.00

Torched salmon with broccoli, baked celeriac and smoked butter sauce

Crispy fried corn-fed chicken with smoked paprika glaze, padrón peppers, sweetcorn and butterbean salad

Grilled aubergine “escalivada” with cracked wheat and herb yoghurt (v)


Raspberry, peach and elderflower crumble with Devon clotted cream

Baked orange blossom cheesecake, apricots and lemon thyme

Indulgent chocolate pot with malt cream, caramelised pecans, rum and raisin

Ripe melon and red fruits with chilled punch

Local cheese board with warm cheddar scone, honey and black pepper


Also included are homemade chocolate truffles and tea & coffee

Please select your wines from our wine list.

Still and sparkling water will be provided for your table free of charge.

We have some delicious dessert wines and ports available by the glass or bottle to complete your meal.

“A really excellent menu, beautifully produced, and the staff are marvellous."




Treat yourself to a Gourmet Picnic served from a wicker hamper overlooking the Cricket Ground or Deer Park.

Your picnic will be awaiting you at your table during the interval.

Just ask your waiting staff if you would like more of anything. Don’t forget to order wine to go with your picnic.

Gourmet Picnic
£74.40 per person

A generous picnic with mineral water, tea and coffee.

Rare roast dry aged sirloin, confit potato and truffle salad

Flaked salmon, Jerusalem artichoke and spring onion tart

Heirloom tomato, goat’s cheese and lovage pesto salad (v)

Moroccan sweet potato, broad bean and roasted tenderstem salad (vg)

Sweet and sour kohlrabi and fennel slaw (v)

Breads and sea salt crackers

Chocolate pot with malt cream, caramelised pecans, rum and raisin

Local cheese board


Gourmet Picnics will be delivered to your table. Minimum of two servings per order.



Our Traditional Picnics include a generous picnic, mineral water, coffee & chocolates, presented in smart disposable picnic ware.

Traditional Picnics
£49.50 per person

Traditional Picnics will be delivered to your table.

Our Gourment and Traditional picnics are served in tents overlooking the Cricket Ground. However, if you wish your hamper to be delivered to a tent in the Deer Park please book these tents separately with Garsington Opera and make Feasts aware with your booking.

Traditional Picnic

Chicken, leek and wild mushroom salad with wild garlic and toasted walnut croutons

Smoked potato, asparagus and confit garlic quiche (v)

Heirloom tomato, goat’s cheese and lovage pesto salad (v)

Moroccan sweet potato, broad bean and roasted tenderstem (vg)

Breads and sea salt crackers

Vanilla poached rhubarb and spiced custard pot with mixed nut crumble (v)

Traditional Vegetarian Picnic

BBQ miso butter onion tart, pickled mushroom and whipped feta (v)

Smoked potato, asparagus and confit garlic quiche (v)

Heirloom tomato, goat’s cheese and lovage pesto salad (v)

Moroccan sweet potato, broad bean and roasted tenderstem (vg)

Breads and sea salt crackers

Vanilla poached rhubarb and spiced custard pot with mixed nut crumble (v)






Deutz Brut Classic, NV



Deutz Rose, NV



Deutz Blanc de Blancs, 2013



Deutz William Deutz, 2000



Deutz Brut Classic, NV (HALF) £42.00



Corney & Barrow Blanc IGP Côtes de Gascogne, French Country, France, 2021



Corney & Barrow Périgord, France, 2021



Picpoul de Pinet Domaine Morin Langaran, Languedoc Roussillon, France, 2021



Gavi di Gavi Fratelli Antonio e Raimondo, Piedmont, Italy, 2021



Ana Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2021



Corney & Barrow White Burgundy Maison Auvigue, Burgundy, France, 2021



Saint-Véran Les Chatenays Domaine Carrette, Burgundy, France, 2020



Mâcon-Verzé Domaines Leflaive, Burgundy, France, 2020



Chablis Les Lys 1er Cru Domaine Vincent Dampt, Burgundy, France, 2020



Sancerre Caillottes Domaine La Croix Saint Laurent, Loire, France, 2020



Saint-Aubin Dents de Chien 1er Cru Olivier Leflaive, Burgundy, France, 2020


 White Half Bottles


Mâcon-Solutré-Pouilly Maison Auvigue, Burgundy, France, 2021



Sauvignon Blanc Tunella, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, 2021



Chablis Domaine Vincent Dam Dampt, Burgundy, France, 2021




Source Gabriel Rosé AOC Côtes de Provence, France, 2021



Sancerre Rosé Comte Jean Marechal Henri Bourgeois, Loire, France, 2021



Domaines Ott Clos Mireille, Cotes de Provence, France, 2021




Corney & Barrow Rouge Vin de France 2021



Altos de Baroja Rioja Joven, Rioja, Spain, 2019



Corney & Barrow Claret Maison Sichel, Bordeaux, France, 2018



Chamuyo Malbec Mendoza Vineyards, Mendoza, Argentina, 2020



Soraie IGT Veneto Cecilia Beretta, Vento, Italy, 2020



Corney & Barrow Côtes du Rhône, Vignobles Gonnet, Rhone, France, 2019



DouRosa Tinto Quinta de La Rosa, Douro, Portugal 2017



Fleurie La Madone Domaine Lathuilière-Gravallon, Beaujolais, France, 2020



Chianti Classico Terre di Prenzano Vignamaggio, Tuscany, Italy, 2019



Crozes-Hermitage Rouge Esquisse Domaine des Hauts Chassis 2021, Rhone, France



Chateau Barrail du Blanc Grand Cru St-Emilion, France, 2017



Pinot Noir Elephant Hill, Central Otago, New Zealand, 2019



PSI', Bodegas y Vinedos Alnardo, Castilla Y Leon, Spain, 2019


Beaune Les Teurons 1er Cru Domaine Rossignol-Trapet 2017


Espérance de Trotanoy, Bordeaux, France, 2017



Gevrey-Chambertin Champonnet 1er Cru Domaine du Couvent, Burgundy, France, 2014


Red Half Bottles


Côtes-du-Rhône Saint Esprit Rouge Maison Delas Frères, Rhône, France, 2019



Corney & Barrow Claret Maison Sichel, Bordeaux, France, 2018



Gevrey-Chambertin Meix des Ouches Domaine du Couvent, France, 2017


Fortified and Sweet


Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise Domaine de Coyeux, Rhone, France, 2009

£22.75 (Half Bottle)


Corney & Barrow Sauternes, Bordeaux, France, 2018

£33.25 (Half Bottle)


Fonseca Guimaraens Vintage Port, Douro, Portugal, 2004


 Corkage will be charged at £21.00 per bottle


Oxford Rye Organic Dry Gin & Tonic


Non-alcoholic beer (330ml)


Elderflower pressé (275ml)


All wines chosen in consultation with Corney & Barrow

In the event that stock of a wine becomes exhausted, a wine of a similar quality, price or vintage will be substituted