Dining is an important part of the experience at Longborough Festival Opera.

Our 90-minute dining interval allows time to relax and enjoy the picturesque grounds: whether you reserve a place in one of our exclusive restaurants or simply bring your own picnic to enjoy.

All bookings must be made and paid for in advance – please be sure to book your dining with your opera tickets as spaces are limited. Menu choices should be submitted at least two weeks prior to your visit. Wagner performances have an additional 30-minute interval.

Our local caterers: The Old Butchers

Described by the Good Food Guide as a ‘local gem’, The Old Butchers is a family-run restaurant – and as the name suggests occupies a former butcher’s shop in Stow-on-the-Wold. Locally sourced products complement their nose-to-tail ethos, and their citations in the Square Meal Guide, the Hardens Guide and the Michelin Guide are well deserved.

For 2017, The Old Butchers will be with us throughout the Festival as our on-site restaurateurs. As well as supplying luxury picnic hampers, they’ll be catering for the Valley Buffet and our Coach House Restaurant – with a wine list from local supplier Toke’s of Chipping Campden.

Coach House

Coach House Restaurant

Situated near the theatre, our hugely popular Coach House Restaurant is the perfect place to treat yourself on your visit to Longborough.

Valley Buffet

Valley Buffet

Our Valley Buffet overlooks the glorious Evenlode valley.


Picnics and Hampers

You are welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy anywhere in the grounds: overlooking the valley views, or tucked away in a private spot.



Our marquees are a great place to enjoy your picnic, providing shelter in case of inclement weather.


Private dining

If you prefer a private party, consider booking one of our stylish spaces for a special occasion.

Pre Performance


There are two bars within the theatre that open 90 minutes before all performances. Enjoy champagne, wine, Pimms, soft drinks, tea, coffee and homemade cakes or, new for 2017, pre-order a selection of canapés.


Central Boxes

Central Boxes offer the best seats in the house. When booking a whole Central Box, you gain exclusive access to seating in the upper foyer of the theatre – a dedicated dining area including table, tablecloth, chairs and flower arrangement for your party. Use of the upper foyer is included in Central Box prices.