The Forest Cafe

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

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 an ice-cream. 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.

The menu depends on seasonal availability.

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.

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

Please note that there is no indoor eating area, although you can take cover in the Fisherman's Shelter, next to the Shell House.

Hank

We have a mobile catering unit called Hank, which has been created in the style of a US Army truck from World War II, in recognition of the reported use of the forest, particularly Elgin’s Coppice, as a storage facility for munitions for the nearby USAAF air base at Stansted.

  
Hank has the ability to offer grilled food like beef burgers or our own venison burgers!