Café improvements at the Devil's Punch Bowl

An architect's illustration of the refurbished cafe at the Devil's Punch Bowl

Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl is a very special place to us and to so many people, with its spectacular countryside, wild feel and important natural habitats.

As we’re getting more visitors we want to make sure we can cater better for them, including toilet and parking provision, to make a visit more enjoyable, whilst ensuring we keep the special feel of this place.

Planned improvements

These include more toilets and 30-40 more car parking spaces, with log-marked bays. The car parking spaces would be located near the road entrance to make them less obtrusive from the viewpoint and to retain a heathland feel.

The improved café would blend in with the existing building, with a new extension, providing a light, airy, seating area with folding glass doors. The end section would have open sides, allowing people to have their pets with them, whilst sitting undercover.

A kiosk would replace the existing shepherd’s hut and include a membership area and additional food and drink hatch.

Our vision

We are not looking to increase audiences, we want to make the facilities fit for the people who come already. This increase has already happened, with 17% more people visiting since the A3 tunnel was built. We are glad that people want to get outdoors and closer to nature and want to make their visit more enjoyable when they come.

It is part of our vision at the National Trust to welcome people to special places.

Latest updates

24 Aug 16

Planning application submitted

Our planning application has been submitted to Waverley Borough Council. If our planning application is accepted we would aim to begin works on the car park and toilets at the Devil’s Punch Bowl early next year. The second phase, including the cafe extension, would take place in winter 2017 to spring 2018.

two people walking at the Devil's Punch Bowl

01 Jun 16

Public consultation

Over 100 people attended a public consultation with the National Trust at the Devil’s Punch Bowl on 1 June 2016 to discuss improvements to the café and parking facilities. David Kennington, General Manager for the Surrey Hills said: “The consultation was well attended and the proposals were generally well supported. We will review all the comments received and once we have finished our assessments we plan to submit a planning application." Read about the public consultation in the Haslemere Herald.

Keywords as part of the public consultation for the Devil's Punch Bowl cafe