Covid 19 / Christmas Break
It is with a very heavy heart that we write this….
Since the reopening of Pooh Corner in late July we have tried our very hardest to be a safe place whilst still do our service to the local community, the worldwide fanbase of Winnie the Pooh and the casual by-passer. Thanks to so many who have visited and supported us, it kept the teams energy up and ensured we continued to work hard to keep everyone safe. We wholeheartedly want to express how grateful we are for you using us and supporting local in this difficult time. As this pandemic has progressed we have found it increasingly difficult to trade in line with the Government’s ever changing guidelines, this has led to customer confidence becoming very low and many people simply don’t feel safe coming out, we respect that decision and completely understand. However tonights creation of a new ‘Tier 4’ with two counties (Kent and Surrey) on our doorstep we have had to make the difficult decision to close our doors immediately and for the foreseeable future as the last few weeks have seriously again affected not just us, but the whole hospitality sector throughout the UK.
1.) The Pooh Corner Family. The team here have found the last few days challenging. With a wide catchment area bringing in visitors from across the South East, we are finding it harder and harder to minimise the risk to the team any further. In a normal year this influx from around the counties would be a magical thing, but right now it has created fear and worry amongst our team and we had to make the right decision for them.
2.) The Village of Hartfield. Although technically still in tier 2, the virus has no borders, so put simply, with a new strain of the virus creating havoc in the south east, we do not want Pooh Corner to be the place that infects our village. We employ local people, great people, but they have families and we want to protect those families in the villages and surrounding areas. This is something as the owners take very seriously even at the cost of our very special business.
Samantha and I would just like to say thank you once again for your support, it’s you that have got us this far since we took over just under two years ago. It’s been a wonderful experience. But the last few weeks have been frustrating and confusing for all of us, let alone those trying to navigate their business through a barrage of graphs, metaphors and mixed messages.
Welcome to Pooh Corner
Pooh Corner is situated on the edge of the Ashdown Forest in Hartfield, East Sussex. The perfect stop for either the casual visitor or the die hard fan of A.A. Milne’s most famous creation, Winnie the Pooh and his friends whose stories came to life just a short walk away in the 100 Acre Wood! So whether you come for a drink or something to eat (honey is always on the menu!) you’ll find yourself busy doing nothing in no time!
Tiggers Toys and Gift Shop!
Our Toy and Gift shop is the perfect place to spend some time, Explore the current ranges from across the world and check out our vintage exclusives that we hand pick for your home. Can’t get to Pooh Corner? Our online store is now live.
Chose between 2 rooms for your visit, space permitting you can enjoy the full out fun Piglets tea room, perfect for the whole family. And for those wanting a retreat or more historic space for meetings or couples retreat we’ve got the A.A. Milne and E.H.Shepard room.
A trip to Pooh Country is not complete without a visit to our free museum showcasing the life of A.A.Milne, E.H.Shepard, Christopher Robin (and quite a few bits of Winnie the Pooh). From Artwork to Toys and Books, showcasing 95 years of Winnie the Pooh and his creators.
Pooh-seum Grand Opening
We are delighted to announce that our new Pooh-seum (the worlds first Winnie the Pooh Museum dedicated to the people behind the books) was officially opened by BBC Presenter Gyles Brandreth on December 7th 2019.
Gyles was in fact a friend of non other than the real Christopher ‘Robin’ Milne, the most famous small boy in literature. Also present was BBC Presenter Charlotte Wright who reported from the event.
The museum showcases over 100 years of the Milne family, the origins of the story, some original Pooh Bears and some unseen books and photos to help tell the story.
Visit our online shop for all that’s great in the world of Winnie the Pooh. With Worldwide shipping and great prices there is something for everyone!
With new items being added all the time and regular sale items it’s worth coming back on a regular basis.
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From 2021 we’ll be sending out regular newsletters on Pooh products from around the world. You can register here
High Street, Hartfield, East Sussex, TN7 4AE
Monday to Saturday 11:00 – 5:00
Sundays and Bank Holidays 11:00 – 4:00
Last hot food orders taken 60 minutes before closing time.
Last drink and cake orders 30 minutes before closing time.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day
The Enchanted Places – Christopher Milne
“Subsequent trips included our weekly visit to Hartfield, a mile away along a main road, up a steep hill, down a steep hill and in at the first shop on the left hand side. Jessica (my donkey) needed no urging and the woman behind the counter no instructions. It was a pennyworth of bullseyes for each of us.”
Due to supply issues on our December reopening, we will have a new menu for the remainder of 2020. Full of some old favourites will remain and some new tastes to enjoy. Our Dairy Ice Cream Milkshakes are sure to satisfy and we cater for all dietary requirements as much as possible with Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan options available.
A revised menu for 2021 will include some new chefs specials as well as some old favourites.
Check out our Social Media Wall and don’t forget to use the hashtag #poohcorner wherever possible, at home with your favourite bear, or on your walks in the 100 Acre Wood – we love to see your love of Pooh! Visitors to the tea room will also find we also offer free wifi as part of your visit and invite you to share your experience as much as possible.