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The Hatch Inn - Pub in Sussex

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The Hatch Inn, Colemans Hatch, TN7 4EJ, Sussex
England, United Kingdom

Nick Drillsma
+44 (0)1342 822363(landline)

A real gem of a pub much loved by its locals: take a walk into the forest to a well-known bridge for a game of Pooh Sticks

Originally a row of three 1430s cottages, this landmark pub sits contentedly in a sleepy hilltop spot with glorious views over Ashdown Forest. Arriving at The Hatch (named after a gate that leads to the forest) feels like stepping back in time: beamed ceilings, roaring open fire, candles flickering on rustic wooden tables. The intimate, bustling bar is filled with happy people milling about chatting, eating and drinking (there are local ales on tap and no fewer than ten wines by the glass). In the summer you can spill out to the pretty garden. Proprietor Nick, and his talented kitchen brigade with head chef Ollie Lothbrock, turn out bistro-style seasonal dishes: tuck into ham hock terrine followed by hearty kedgeree and chocolate torte; bar managers Henry and Mandy run everything else effortlessly. An utterly charming country pub without a whiff of gentrification.

Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from Nick Drillsma:

Local points of interest from
Nick Drillsma:

  • AA Milne's 100 acre wood & Pooh Bridge are on our doorstep, recently featured in the blockbuster film, Goodbye Christopher Robin.
  • Following lunch why not spend a delightful afternoon at Sheffield Park Gardens & Bluebell Railway, just a few minutes away!
  • The Hatch Inn is synonymous for television advertising and has been the setting for ITV's drama, Rough Treatment, Fifth Gear, Walking through History & numerous other television advertising campaigns
  • Best selling Sussex Harvey's is always available together with a choice of other artisan local ales
  • Yes.....we have Morris Men dancing throughout the year commencing with 'Dancing at Dawn' on May 1st & culminating on December 26th with the 'Boxing Day Hangover Cure'. Be sure to arrive early!
  • We don't allow dogs & children, we welcome them.
Points of interest

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Starters from £6.50. Lunch from £11.50. Mains from £12.50.


3pm - 5.30pm. Mon - Fri. Open all day Sat & Sun.


The Hatch Inn, Colemans Hatch, TN7 4EJ, Sussex


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