Famous for our Big Dishes*

*And sandwiches, snacks, treats and drinks


Spring – Summer opening times, 14 Feb 23 – 3 Sep 23:

Our Planet Cafe is open 10.00 to 4.30 Tuesday to Sunday, Bank Holidays and daily in the school holidays.

Our First Light Cafe is open 11.00 to 3.00 Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays and 10.00 to 4.30 during school holidays

Autumn – Winter opening times, 9 Sep 23 – 2 Feb 24:

Our Planet Cafe is open 10.00 to 4.30 (9 Sep – 5 Nov)  10.00 to 4.00 from (7 Nov 23 – 2 Feb 24) Tuesday to Sunday, Bank Holidays and daily in the school holidays.

Our First Light Pavilion is open 10.00 to 4.30 October half term 21 Oct 23 – 29 Oct 23

Christmas opening times, 10.00 to 4.00 on 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 Dec.

We are closed on 23, 24, 25 & 26 Dec & 1 Jan.

Time for a nice relaxing cup of tea…

Visit our First Light Cafe in our stunning new building to enjoy some delicious food and drink, with yummy options for our younger visitors, and anyone with a range of dietary requirements.

Or, when open, you can pop by our Planet Cafe which enjoys a spectacular view of the mighty Lovell Telescope for a light bite.

Enjoy breakfast on arrival of freshly baked pastries, toast, sausage baps and breakfast wraps made on site from £2.25 to £5.95. For lunch we offer a great selection of fresh sandwiches, wraps, Panini’s and salads from £4.25 to £6.75, and kids spaced themed lunch boxes from £4.95. If you prefer something hot we have soup, HM Pasties award winning homemade sausage rolls, pasties and pies, baked potatoes, with a selection of fillings, priced between £2.95 and £6.95.

At any time during your visit you can enjoy our barista-crafted coffee, hot and cold drinks, and freshly made cakes (£1.45 to £4.50)

We also have a range of covered picnic areas for you to enjoy, if you prefer to bring your own!

Please note our menu is subject to availability.


At Jodrell Bank, someone decided it was time for a nice relaxing cup of tea.

From The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Our Suppliers

Nice Buns Bakery is a specialist family run bakers in nearby Stockport. They freshly bake all our nice buns -teacakes, barms, tray bakes and scones.

H.M. Pasties (pictured) was set up to ‘bring out the good inside’ by employing ex-offenders to make and sell handmade pasties and pies. The social enterprise was born in 2018 with support from the Big Lottery Fund, Forward Trust and the Santander Foundation.

All our milk is provided by the gorgeous Bidlea herd at the dairy down the road. By partnering with this lovely local farming family (pictured), we’ve cut food miles and plastic bottles. Plus, our milk is as fresh as the day!

Royle’s is our cheery local butchers over in Macclesfield. They provide the meat for our breakfast barms including their own special recipe Manchester sausages – highly recommended!