Eating at Hatfield Forest

Woman holding takeaway hot drink

Our Forest Café is serving a tempting range sandwiches, filled rolls, one-pots, pastries, cakes, cookies, crisps, chocolate bars and ice creams, as well as hot and cold drinks. We'll only be accepting card payment.

The Forest Cafe

Our Forest Café is serving a tempting range of sandwiches, filled rolls, one-pots, pastries, cakes, cookies, crisps, chocolate bars and ice creams, as well as hot and cold drinks.

Outdoor seating and picnic benches are available in the grassy area around the cafe, overlooking the lake.  Covered seating is available in The Fishermen's Shelter.  We'll only be accepting card payment.

We are open Wednesday to Sunday from 9.00am to 3.00pm.

if you have any questions, please call us on 01279 870579  (during opening times)

We look forward to welcoming you.

Sarah and the Forest Cafe team

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

Can you spot the forest cafe through the trees?
The forest cafe, from the appraoch road
Can you spot the forest cafe through the trees?

The cafe is ideally situated in the centre of Hatfield Forest National Nature Reserve, by the lakeside, and is surrounded by newly restored Capability Brown parkland with big exotic trees and beautiful scenic views across the lake. There are plenty of picnic tables, some of which are easily accessible on hard standing.

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.