Ashdown Forest & Visitor Centre
(1.6 miles, 4 minutes drive)
If you are visiting The Hatch Inn you are also a visitor to the Ashdown Forest. The two go together. The Forest is an ancient area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and at 732 feet above sea level its views are breathtaking, stretching as far as the North Downs and South Downs. Whether it’s a gentle stroll before lunch or a more challenging trek to build your appetite for an evening meal, the Forest offers a diverse range of fauna and flora, heathland and forest. The Visitor Centre is an information point for all visitors, with exhibitions, photographs, and local crafts.
Pooh Sticks Bridge
(1.9 miles 5 minutes drive)
For those of a sporting persuasion how about building up a thirst with a strategic game of Poohsticks. A short walk from The Hatch through the Forest is Pooh Bridge. A game of two players, Poohsticks was the creation of A. A. Milne, in his book The House at Pooh Corner. Dropping a pine cone into the water and observing how it appeared on the downstream side of the bridge, Winnie the Pooh invented the game and so you can follow in his paw prints and do the same before returning to The Hatch to buy the winner a celebratory drink!
(9.3 miles 19 minutes drive)
If your interest is gardening, Wakehurst Place offers 465 acres of stunning landscape as well as ornamental gardens, a nature reserve, temperate woodlands and children’s play area. Managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Wakehurst is also home to the Millenium Seed Bank. Afternoon Tea in the Elizabethan Mansion will keep hunger at bay before heading to the Hatch for supper – we’d love to hear about your day.
(17 miles, 28 minutes drive)
Nestling in the rolling hills of the South Downs is one of the World’s most acclaimed opera houses and just a short drive away. After lunch at the Hatch you could enjoy an evening at the Opera either inside the world-class opera house seating 1,200 or sitting outside enjoying a picnic to the sounds of the Glyndbourne Chorus, or The London Philamonic Orchestra. The Summer Festival runs from May to August and always features a glorious selection of musical masterpieces to suit every taste.
(8.3 miles 15 minutes drive)
Need to let off some steam before Sunday Lunch at the Hatch (or any other time of the week)? The Bluebell Railway is a heritage line running along the border of East and West Sussex for some 11 miles. It is home to over 30 steam locomotives, one of the largest collections in the UK. Running from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead, and stopping at Horsted Keynes and Kingscote on the way, you can enjoy a historical adventure of sights and sounds of a bygone age of travel. The Santa Special and the Victorian Christmas are wonderful experiences if you fancy treating the family to something different followed by our Christmas Menu from December 1st.
Sheffield Park & Gardens
(8.1 miles, 15 minutes drive)
As the evenings draw in and the season for mulled wine at The Hatch begins, a visit to Sheffield Park in the Autumn is a must. The trees are literally aflame with reds, yellows and oranges and these are reflected in the tranquil beauty of the vast lakes. If you have a photographer’s eye, capture the beauty of Sheffield Park (actually beautiful all year round) and share the results with your family over a meal in our cosy candle lit pub.
Forest Row Cycle & Hire
(2.3 miles 7 minutes drive)
Whilst a three course meal at The Hatch is recommended you might decide to burn some calories first. So hire a bicycle from Forest Row and peddle your way just over two miles to your table. We can also call a taxi if the cycle back is a peddle too far!
Ashdown Park Hotel
(1.6 miles 4 minutes drive)
In need of a luxurious break in the heart of the Ashdown Forest with pampering and spa treatments to relax away the stresses of life, book into the Ashdown Park Hotel and reserve your table at the Hatch for supper. We’ve had a reciprocal relationship with the Hotel for many years so when you need a break from silver service and only high-end pub fare will do, we’re just down the road.