Hay Waggon Inn, Hartfield Review

An independently run 16th Century historic Inn situated in the heart of Pooh Bear country, on the edge of Ashdown forest.

Being one of the areas premier dining venues, we offer a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere in which to enjoy a wide selection of freshly prepared dishes from our blackboards or bar menus.

Stop for lunch in the peaceful garden in the summertime, or perhaps a candle-lit dinner to end your day, the choice is yours!

Our premier accommodation offers a mix of double and single rooms, all of which are En Suite and furnished for your comfort.

We also offer a wide range of group dining options with menus tailored to your needs for birthdays, weddings anniversaries and intimate Christmas gatherings.

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Key Features

  • Historic Inn 45 minutes from Gatwick
  • En Suite superior letting rooms
  • Extensive freshly prepared menus
  • Tailored Weddings a Speciality
  • Ideal Location – edge of Ashdown Forest
  • In the heart of Pooh Bear Country
  • Conference Facilities Available
  • 20 minutes from Tunbridge Wells
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries
  • Romantic Weekend Breaks

About the Inn

The Haywaggon Inn at Hartfield, formerly named The Dorset Arms until the 1970’s because of the Inn’s affiliation with the Duke of Dorset’s Estate, dates back to approximately 1540 and, like many properties in this Historic village, is a fine example of an unspoilt, timber framed period building.
The Inn, which is mentioned in the Doomsday Book has had a colourful history over the years and has come to the aid of many a weary traveller on route between London and the Coast. Amongst it’s more notable associations: King Henry VIII who would travel through the village from his Hunting Lodge – Bolbroke Castle to his hunting grounds on what is now known as Ashdown Forest. More recently, The Dorset Arms, having been acquired at one time by the Trust house group, boasted to be the smallest Trust house Hotel in the country until the late 1950’s having 6 letting rooms!

In recent years, Hartfield has become a centre for lovers of the AA Milne books about Winnie the Pooh, whom, having lived on the forest not far from the village, wrote the stories for his son, Christopher Robin. Another occupant of the Former Milne residence, Brian Jones has also been a notable patron in the past!

The gift shop to be found in the village attracts fans from all over the world, including Japan, where the Pooh Bear books are widely used in English language courses.

In continuing a long history of tradition the present day Inn, now well known as The Haywaggon, is one of the areas premier dining venues where we offer a wide range of freshly prepared dishes from our blackboards and bar menus to temp most pallets. Many well known faces have been known to walk through our doors over the years but Shh, don’t tell everyone. You just never know whom you may end up sitting next to!


A New addition for this year is the re-introduction of guest rooms here at the Inn. We are proud to offer our guests a selection of single and double rooms, all of which are en-suite, and comfortably furnished.

All our rooms offer sprung beds along with 26” wide screen televisions, wireless internet access, hair dryers as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Disabled access rooms are also available.

All rooms are non-smoking and offer:

  • 32” LCD televisions with monitor capability
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • All rooms are en-suite
  • Ironing facilities are available
  • Full English or continental breakfast served in our restaurant
  • Private parking


  • Single Room with en-suite shower £70
  • Double Room with en-suite shower £80
  • Deluxe Double Room with en-suite bathroom £90
  • All prices include Breakfast and VAT.


We offer many different options for most types of function here at the Haywaggon.
Our restaurant can hold up to 44 people, with further capacity for another 50 people in our adjoining bar area. We also have a snug room which can be booked for intimate family gatherings or business lunches. Some examples of functions catered for in the past are:


We offer a tailor made service to help your day become one to remember. We can design menus especially for you to incorporate your favourite dishes, offer you an extensive selection of wines and champagnes to accompany your meal. Welcome your guests in our secluded garden with a champagne and canopy reception. Provide a varied selection of live music for your evening entertainment, as well as evening buffets. All backed up by attention to detail and excellent service by our professional team.

Birthdays & Anniversaries

Mark that special event with family and friends at The Haywaggon. We can cater parties of up to 44 guests in our restaurant, and offer you choices from our varied blackboards, or tailor the menu especially for you to make the occasion one to remember.


A selection of finger and fork Buffets are available in our restaurant or bar area and can be booked at short notice in the unfortunate event of bereavement, or planned in advance for any function you may want to hold.

Society and group lunches

We welcome societies, groups and clubs to use our facilities and frequently cater for many local and further a field parties visiting the area.

Coach parties

Coach parties are also welcome to dine with us by prior arrangement. We specialise in catering for local area tours and Christmas Lunches.