Eating at Hatfield Forest

Woman holding takeaway hot drink

Our Forest Café is open and serving a good range of takeaway hot and cold drinks and light snacks - soup, sausage rolls and pasties, cakes, crisps, chocolate bars and ice creams. We've introduced new safety measures including closure of our covered seating area, 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

 A visit to the Café’s a great way to begin or end a walk, or even to top up the missing items to make your picnic perfect! 

Be tempted by our range of takeaway hot and cold drinks and light snacks including soup of the day, sausage rolls, one-pot of the day, vegan pasties, paninis, sandwiches, savoury and sweet pastries, cakes, crisps, chocolate bars and ice creams (pre-packaged or soft-serve, in a tub).

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

Treat yourself to a sausage roll and an Americano
Cafe menu
Treat yourself to a sausage roll and an Americano

We've introduced new safety measures including closure of our covered seating area, screens at our till and collection points, and way-marked routes. We'll also only be accepting card payment. 

Our finest ingredients are always fresh and locally sourced to make great tasting homemade food and this means some seasonal variability. Whether you fancy a savoury or sweet treat, there's normally something on our menu for you, so please bear with us whilst we have a limited offer.

For opening days and hours, please check here, as they will become more limited after Sun 1 Nov.

Thank you to all of our supporters. 

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

The cafe is ideally situated in the centre of Hatfield Forest 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. For the time being, while we try to make your visit as safe as possible, we regret that there is no undercover eating area available in the Fishermens’ Shelter next to the Shell House.  Please therefore bring your own picnic blankets and folding chairs if you want to relax in comfort.

Further Information

For further 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.