The Flying Scotsman at The Bluebell Railway!

Local Attractions and Eateries

When you come for an alpaca walk at Spring Farm Alpacas, you will be within easy reach of a number of stunning local attractions! Spring Farm is within the High Weald AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Also within the High Weald AONB and only 3 miles away from us is the Ashdown Forest with 6500 acres of stunning countryside and views.

We are just 15 minutes walk from the picturesque village of Fletching in East Sussex. The village got its name from the soldiers who “fletched” their arrows here on the eve of The Battle of Lewes in 1264. Our village church (St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin) is really beautiful and dates back to Norman times.

After your alpaca walk, you might consider a further short walk (or drive!) to our village pub – the renowned Griffin Inn. The Griffin has just won Country Dining Pub of the Year 2022! The Griffin can be reached from a public footpath leading from our farm entrance directly to the village which is less than a mile away. This is a lovely walk but you might want to remember the wellies if its Winter time as its across a number of small fields. Within that same distance we are very fortunate to also have Trading Boundaries. Trading Boundaries is at various times an antique Indian furniture warehouse, an outstanding music venue and bistro/restaurant with a children’s play area and now a wedding venue with accommodation on site.

The Flying Scotsman at The Bluebell Railway!

The Flying Scotsman at The Bluebell Railway!

Within easy driving distance of Spring Farm are a number of stunning attractions, including:

  • Sheffield Park Gardens
  • The Bluebell Railway
  • Bluebell Vineyard Estates
  • Wakehurst Place
  • The South of England Showground
  • Glyndebourne
  • The Ashdown Forest – Winnie the Pooh country!
  • The South Downs Way
  • The South Downs National Park
  • Brighton and the coast
  • Hickstead Showground

We can suggest a host of places to visit or to eat close by either before your alpaca walk, or after. In normal times the selection below would be ideal – but since COVID 19, please check all of them for current opening times, protocols etc.

The Griffin Inn: The Griffin Inn
It’s in Fletching village about a mile from us. Does good gastro pub food, great atmosphere and has both restaurant and bar. Food is served 12 till 2.30pm weekdays, 12 till 3pm on Saturdays and 12 till 3.30pm on Sundays. They are also open from 6pm to 9:30pm Monday to Saturday, Sunday 6:30pm to 9pm. Great beer garden – “The Sussex Serengeti”! There is parking opposite the Griffin if the pub car park is full (it normally is). The Griffin is The Good Pub Guide 2022 “County dining pub of the year”. Please just be aware it does get very booked up so advance booking is strongly advised.
The Stable Tea Room at Heaven Farm at Furners Green: The Stable Tea Rooms
Just over 2 miles from us. “Breakfast, light lunches, daily specials, toasties and cream teas”. Open Every Day from 10am to 4pm, Last food orders at 3pm.
Denniker Farm Shop and Café – just outside Fletching village: Denniker Café
Offers “cooked breakfasts, vegetarian & vegan brunches, afternoon tea, sandwiches & savouries, snacks, cakes and daily specials”. Now fully licenced. Open Monday to Saturday, 8:30am to 4pm. Has a loo!
It’s a short mile from us in the opposite direction to Fletching Village. It’s a bistro/Indian furniture warehouse/ music venue/ art gallery/ offers accommodation. They are currently open 10am till 3pm Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 3pm Sunday for coffee, cakes, rolls, soups and savouries. They have just added Sunday roasts as well!
The Coach and Horses in Danehill: The Coach and Horses
About 3 miles from us, the Coach is another gastro pub with great food. Food is served 12 till 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm on Tuesday to Friday; 12 till 10pm Saturday’s and 12 till 6pm on Sundays.
The Bull in Newick: The Bull
About 4 miles from us. We don’t get a chance to get out much for Sunday lunch (something to do with walking alpacas) but the one time we went here recently for Sunday lunch, the carvery was really good and good value too. They are open from 11am till 10pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sundays, 11am to 11pm other days.
Fletching Village Stores
In the village of Fletching. Unfortunately now closed, very sad!
Others you might try are:
The Peacock in Piltdown: The Peacock Inn
The Hatch: The Hatch Inn
In the middle of the Ashdown Forest very pretty but slightly further away.
The Red Lion at Chelwood Gate – great beer garden:
The Ashdown Park Hotel – more of a formal restaurant: Ashdown Park Hotel

Bluebell railway taken from spring farm

The Bluebell Railway taken from our water meadow at hay making time.