Eating at Hatfield Forest

Treat yourself to a slice of cake or a warming cup of hot chocolate from our Forest cafe. For that extra indulgence, go for a tray of chips.

Winter opening times

During the low season (Oct to Mar), the cafe  operates a more limited schedule, open only from Wed to Sun, from  9.00 am to 3.00pm, with last orders for hot food at  2.30pm.

The Forest Cafe

The Forest Café is our outdoor cafe serving fresh, locally sourced, homemade food. Whether you fancy a savoury or sweet treat, we've something on our menu for you.

On a hot day enjoy a sandwich and cool refreshing drink.. This year we have soft serve ice cream, so be tempted by this, go wild and add a flake.

If it's a bit chillier, tuck into some warming soup or enjoy a panini.  The sausage rolls are excellent and the chips are locally renowned.

treat yourself!
sausage rolls
treat yourself!

The menu depends on seasonal availability.

The cafe is fully licensed and sells a range of bottled beers, cider as well as small bottles of wine.

A special cafe

The cafe has been awarded the Soil Association "Food for Life" Bronze certificate.  To reach this standard, the majority of food on the menu has to be freshly prepared; free from undesirable trans fats, sweeteners and additives; cooked by trained chefs; and use ingredients from sustainable and ethical sources.

An outdoors cafe

The cafe has tables in a hard standing area.  There is however no indoor eating area, although you can take cover in the Fisherman's Shelter, next to the Shell House.  This has benches and tables.

Further Information

For more information, please call 01279 870579  (during opening times)

Our values

Sustainable production is at the heart of National Trust values today. The National Trust team are the winners of several awards for the pioneering use of sustainably produced food in our cafés. As a conservation charity we are unique in how we cater for millions of visitors every year by putting welfare and conservation, not profit, at the heart of everything we do.

Today the National Trust is the UK’s biggest farmer looking after over 600,000 acres of farmland with our tenant farmers. Whether it’s for the Bensons juices in your glass or the butter you put on your scones, we require all our farmers to use nature friendly farming techniques. For things we can’t produce ourselves we apply these same regulations to all our external suppliers too. That’s why you will see labels such as ‘farm assured’, ‘free range’ and ‘rainforest alliance’ throughout our cafés. 

Visitors sitting outside the cafe at Standen House, West Sussex

Allergen information 

Most of the food and drink served in our café’s, restaurants and tea-rooms is prepared on site in our kitchens, using a wide range of ingredients. As a result, we can’t guarantee that any of our food and drink products are completely allergen free. If you have an allergy or intolerance, please ask the café staff who will be happy to advise on the ingredients in your food and drink.