Eating at Hatfield Forest

Woman holding takeaway hot drink

Our Forest Café reopened on Thursday 25 June, 9-4pm, and will initially be serving a limited range of takeaway hot and cold drinks and some light snacks - cakes, crisps, chocolate bars and pre-packaged ice creams. We've introduced new safety measures including closure of our seating areas, screens at our till and collection points, and way-marked routes. We'll also only be accepting card payment. We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you'll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

The Forest Cafe

For the time being, the Forest Café is only able to open with a limited offer of hot and cold drinks, as well as light snacks such as cake, crisps, chocolate bars and pre-packaged ice creams, so the perfect way to top up your picnic or a quick treat during you walk.

Our outdoor cafe usually serves fresh, locally sourced, homemade food. Whether you fancy a savoury or sweet treat, there's normally something on our menu for you, so please bare with us whilst we have a limited offer.

Normally, we'd have a range of sandwiches, paninis, soups sausage rolls, one pots, jacket potatoes and much more including our chips which come highly recommended by many. We've also branched out into soft serve ice cream.

Please keep checking here as we'll update this article as our menu is able to expand.

We look forward to saying hello to our regulars once more and welcoming or summer visitors back. 

Thank you, The Forest Cafe Team.

Find out more about what it's normally like to visit the Forest Cafe: 

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 normally 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, but for the time being these are not availbale to our visitors, so please bring your own picnic blankets and folding chairs if you want to relax in comfort.

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.