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A illustration of a map showcasing all the attractions in West Sussex/Ashdown forest

6.3 Miles, 13 minutes Drive

An idyllic, and beautifully converted oak-framed former Granary cottage, set in the heart of East Sussex, bordering the famous Ashdown Forest, Henry VIII's favourite hunting forest. A pet friendly, two bedroom cottage, supplied with a hot tub on the patio and a log burning stove for the colder, winter months.

an image of a house (millers Cottage) that you can rent out

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 Pooh sticks. A short walk from The Hatch through the Forest is Pooh Bridge. A game of two players, Pooh sticks 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!

The Pooh Bridge in Sussex - Ashdown forest

9.3 Miles, 19 minutes Drive

Wakehurst Place

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.

a view of one section of the Wakehust Kew garden
Ashdown Forest in the Summer

Ashdown Forest & Visitors 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.

A Steam Train running on a the Bluebell railway track

8.3 Miles, 15 minutes Drive

Bluebell Railway

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.


Colemans Hatch

East Sussex


+44 (0) 1342822363

Opening Times:

Monday to Thursday   11:30-15:00



Friday & Saturday       11:30-23:00

Sunday                               12:00-18:00

Food Serving Times:

Monday to Friday         12:00-14:30



Saturday                            12:00-15:45


Sunday                               12:00-15:45

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