The Hatch Inn has a lot going for it – good location near the Ashdown Forest, traditional without being dated, friendly and efficient staff. The pub is clearly popular too. Unfortunately, our visit was let down (to a degree) by fairly average meals sold at above average prices.
Rib-eye steak and chips came in at just under £20 – not cheap by pub standards. Unfortunately, it was slightly overcooked and chewy. Yes I could have sent it back, but that would have meant waiting for another one to be cooked and the meat itself didn’t seem to be particularly good. The 'hand-cut' chips were remarkably symmetrical as well. The steak was by no means inedible, just quite disappointing considering the price. My better half had the cheese ploughman’s, which again was quite average and felt overpriced for what was on offer. It doesn't compare to the cheaper version of that meal sold at The Stag at Balls Cross (Petworth), for example.
Anyone who looks at my reviews will see that I rarely feel compelled to give less than four stars, but in this instance the food pricing created an expectation of something better than we actually got. The pub itself was lovely and we had a perfectly relaxing afternoon there. It's just unfortunate that the food was probably the least enjoyable aspect of our visit when the prices hinted that it should have been the highlight.
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