The Kitchen at The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU

Tel: 01395 573154

The Kitchen at The Donkey Sanctuary


The Kitchen is tranquillity personified; freshly prepared dishes using local, ethically sourced produce are served as spectacular views over The Donkey Sanctuary and the rolling hills of Devon to the sea provide a serene backdrop. This new restaurant also asserts a unique integrity, with all profits supporting the charity’s objectives to support donkey welfare worldwide.

This new family-friendly restaurant has been designed to allow diners to relax in spacious surroundings which are blessed with a modern-rustic charm, while the veranda provides a special dining experience overlooking the donkey’s paddocks and views to the Jurassic Coast.

Enjoy great value, seasonal and wholesome food in a warm and welcoming environment, including hearty breakfasts, delicious lunches and tempting afternoon treats as well as a large range of hot and cold drinks. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free eaters are also well-catered for. Families and friends can now also get together for a proper Sunday roast at The Kitchen, and pre-booking is essential.

Located at The Donkey Sanctuary, no visit would be complete without meeting the hundreds of friendly donkeys on one of the many walks around the sanctuary. Plenty of oppportunity to exercise after all that lovely food!

Groups are welcome at The Kitchen and coach-parking is available on site. Groups of 10 or more can benefit from special discounts in the restaurant when pre-booking. Please call 01395 573156 for more information or to make a booking.

Admission and parking at The Donkey Sanctuary is free (donations welcome) and food is served from 9am to 4pm daily (closed Christmas Day). Dogs are welcome in The Kitchen restaurant and at The Donkey Sanctuary as long as they are kept on a lead.

October 2019 sees the launch of The Kitchen's Brunch menu, served from 9am - 3pm. Choose from delicious options such as Mexican Beans - spiced smokey beans on toasted sourdough, with smashed avocado, vegan parmesan, grated fresh chilli and soya sour cream; Eggs Florentine, a Pancake Stack, French Toast or The Kitchen's Open BLT - smoky bacon, charred romaine lettuce, toasted ciabatta and homemade sunblushed tomato sauce.



Road Directions

The Kitchen is just 30 minutes from the M5 junction 30 at Exeter on the A3052. Drive through Sidford and follow the brown tourist signs for The Donkey Sanctaury at the top of the hill.  The A35 and the A30 also serve East Devon and the Jurassic Coast.    

Public Transport Directions

Local bus routes serving The Donkey Sanctuary include the 899 Axe Valley Mini Travel as well as the Jurassic Coast services X53, X54 Coastlinx and 52A.



  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All areas accessible to disabled visitors
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Level access, ramp or lift to a public toilet
  • Ramp to main entrance
  • Steps to main entrance - 10 steps to the main entrance, with handrail - however there is also a ramp
  • Toilets for disabled visitors


  • Serve afternoon tea
  • Serve breakfast

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Countryside
  • Pets accepted

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