We pride ourselves in freshly made food, complemented by our own chutneys & balsamic vinegar, scones & cakes, along with garden produce and of course our own apple juice. We operate a table service, entry without garden admission fee, dog friendly outside patio, and all major credit/debit cards taken.

Many of the menu ingredients are locally sourced from Scottish producers or grown in season at Backhouse Rossie Estate & cooked to order. Changing variety of home made soup, hot mains, treats of the day and cake including Gluten Free & Vegetarian Options.

Our 100% organic, fairtrade, artisan blend of arabica beans Backhouse Coffee is named after William O. Backhouse who spent many years in South America. Our barista coffee is freshly ground for your shot.


Our Chicken Liver Pate with our chutney, bread or oatcakes            £6.25

Scottish Smoked Salmon, with salad, bread or oatcakes                  £7.25

Caramelised Onion Hummus with salad & bread or oatcakes (V)     £5.75

Full Scottish Breakfast (10 items) 


Hot Main of the Day                                                                            £7.50

Toastie, pesto, tomato, cheese with salad (V)                                    £5.00

Cheese on Toast                                                                                 £3.75

with ham or tomato add 50p per item

Toast (2 slices), butter with jam or marmalade                                   £2.25

Bacon Roll                                                                                           £2.60

Sausages (3 chipolata) in a Roll (Vegetarian Sausages available 2)  £2.95

Homemade Soup with bread of the day                                              £4.00

Homemade Soup with cheese scone                                                  £6.00

Homemade Soup and sandwich                                                          £7.50

Sandwiches with seasonal Herbs & Salad                            

Orkney Cheese & Homemade Chutney, or                                          £4.75

Roast Ham & Vine Tomatoes                                                               £4.75

Our Famous BLT                                                                                 £5.00

Backhouse Baking

Scone with butter & jam                                                                       £2.50

Clotted cream (when available)                                                           £0.75

Cake of the Day                                                                                    £3.00

Treat of the Day                                                                                    £2.00

Pudding of the Day                                                                               £3.50


SEE BLACKBOARD for: Hot main of the day & seasonal dishes, Soup of the day, Scones, & Gluten Free Options                  

(V) = Vegetarian


Single Espresso  £2.10                 Double Espresso £2.55

Americano           £2.30                 Cappuccino         £2.55

Latte                    £2.55                 Hot Chocolate     £2.80

       Flat White  £2.85

Extra Shot £0.50, Decaffeinated £0.50, Marshmallows £0.25, Milk Alternative £0.50

The Backhouse speciality loose leaf teas, our own brands of Teas, all named after our horticultural forebears: black, green & caffeine free teas:  

£2.50 single pot / £4.50 pot for two

William Backhouse’s Earl Grey Tea, a Chinese black tea, scented with Bergamot oil, a traditional classic tea.

James Backhouse jnr Scottish Breakfast Tea, a blend of high quality Assam teas, full flavoured and dark in colour.

The Backhouse Walled Garden Green Tea, blended with rose blossoms and dried strawberry pieces.

 Caffeine free Backhouse Teas, all named after our horticultural forebears:

Thomas Backhouse Peppermint Tea, is a naturally Caffeine Free infusion made from the leaves of the peppermint plant.

James Backhouse’s Botanical Tea – share in his Australian missionary & botanical expeditions – apple pieces, freeze-dried kiwi and sour cherry pieces, sour cherry, freeze-dried cranberry slices, coconut flakes, flavouring.

Sarah Elizabeth Backhouse – Rooibos Tea with subtle lavender & flower petal mix.


Our own apple juice from the walled garden heritage apples cold pressed – naturally                              £2.00

Bottled water, still or sparkling, 500ml         £1.25

Original or Diet Coke, 330ml                       £2.25

Glass of Milk, 250ml                                    £1.25

Child’s Ribena, 250ml                                 £1.00 

FENTIMANS, 275ml     ALL £2.35

Traditional Ginger Beer, Rose Lemonade, Dandelion & Burdock, Cherry Tree Cola, Victorian Lemonade, Mandarin & Seville Orange Jigger, Curiosity Cola, Lime & Jasmine, Wild English Elderflower, Sparkling Raspberry