Grounds Café Hicks Lodge, serving our signature coffee, delicious homemade cakes, soups, stews, paninis and toasties, looks out over the beautiful surrounding woods and lake of The National Forest.

This former coal mining site has been totally transformed with new woodland planting. A mix of trails provide walking, running and mountain biking routes, which weave their way around through this stunning area.

There is also a brand new permissive horse route which is open for use between the months of April to October alongside a sturdy horse corral which allows guests to keep their horses safe and sound whilst you relax and enjoy a coffee with us inside our café.

The visitor centre, managed by Forestry England, is also home to our Grounds Cycle Centre, providing bike hire, service and sales for the adventurous individual to families, tots and learner riders.  For more information, please see their website: Hicks Lodge – National Forest

Four-legged visitors are welcome too! We are extremely dog friendly- we even have homemade dog-elato sausage treat ice cream and handmade doggy biscuits on offer.


Opening Hours

Summer Hours (Feb – Oct)
Monday to Friday: 9.00 – 5.00
Thursday Late: To be confirmed
Sat – Sun: 9.00 – 5.00

Winter Hours (Oct – Feb)
Mon – Fri: 9.00 – 4.00
Sat – Sun: 9.00 – 5.00


If you’d like to get in touch with the team at Hicks Lodge, please fill in the form below and they’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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