The Flying Scotsman at The Bluebell Railway!

Local Attractions and Eateries

When you come for an alpaca walk here at Spring Farm Alpacas, you will be surrounded by the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Spring Farm is just 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 and our village church (St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin) dates back to Norman times. After your alpaca walk, you might consider a further short walk (or drive!) to one of our village’s pubs – the renowned Griffin Inn or the Rose and Crown, which can be reached from a public footpath leading from our farm entrance directly to the village which is less than a mile away. 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 courtyard of boutique shops!

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. A selection would be:

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. Great beer garden.
The Rose and Crown: The Rose and Crown
Also in Fletching Village. The R+C has recently reopened and serves more traditional pub food that The Griffin. They serve lunch between 12 and 2:30pm Monday to Saturday, 12 till 4pm on Sundays.
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. Good food and good value – but can get quite busy, especially at Bank Holidays and weekends. They are open 10am till 5pm (4pm on Sundays).
The Coach and Horses in Danehill: The Coach and Horses
About 3 miles from us, the Coach is another gastro pub with good food. Food is served 12 till 2pm on Monday to Friday; 12 till 2:30pm Saturday’s and 12 till 3pm on Sundays.
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 – good 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