Set on the edge of extensive parkland, this self-service café can be accessed without paying an admission charge to the house and grounds.

There is spacious indoor accommodation and a number of tables outside on the terrace. There were individual pot plants on all the tables.

The standard menu was supplemented by a specials board which was difficult to read because coloured chalk was used.

Visiting with friends, we all opted for the reasonably priced special offer of a toasted teacake with a pot of tea or a mug of coffee. We managed to exchange one coffee for a hot chocolate at no extra cost. The teacakes were good and there was an adequate supply of butter and jam on a side table.

After an enjoyable amble round the house (we should really come here more often), a visit to the chapel and an opportunity to explore the gardens we sat on the terrace soaking up the sun and taking in the view.

It was then time to return to the café for a late lunch.

Starters included soup (£4.50) and speciality paté (£5.70). Hot food is served until 3pm. One item we could decipher on the specials board was Whitby scampi with chips (£7.95).

The ploughman’s lunch includes the renowned Driffield pork pie, Wensleydale cheese, green salad and homemade chutney and pickle. We also noted jacket potatoes (£4.75), panini and sandwiches.

Our attention was drawn to the Sledmere high tea (£8) consisting of a choice of sandwiches, cakes and scones with a pot of whipped cream.

Our order of egg with cress and ham sandwiches was quickly prepared and met with universal approval with the exception of the coleslaw. Instead of shredded vegetables, the contents had been chopped and consequently were chunky and largely hard.

We also shared a fruit scone with jam and lemon drizzle cake. More satisfaction.

Our friends were impressed with their first visit to this part of Yorkshire and with the quality of the snacks. The neighbouring Wagoners’ Monument and Museum were also enjoyed.