Pooh Corner Shop - and Piglit's Tearoom & Garden
Found in the High Street of Hartfield village, the charming building is Queen Anne, some 300 years old, dating from around the 1690's. It has low ceilings and you may have to duck your head to cross the threshold. Inside there is the Gift Shop and the Piglit's Tearoom. You can discover more if you click 'About Us' on the menu to the left.
The shop was given the name Pooh Corner by the proprietor, Mike Ridley, in 1978. The shop specialises in Winnie-the-Pooh and is home to the world's largest selection of what Mike calls "Pooh-phernalia". With literally thousands of items and souvenirs it seems the most natural thing in the world for this shop to be situated in the village where the famous stories were written by A.A.Milne in the 1920's.
Pooh fans from all over the world write to Pooh Corner. At the last count the number of countries was 88. Many famous people and personalities have, and do, visit the shop but the most famous of all was Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh. When Christopher Robin Milne remembered his childhood in his book 'The Enchanted Places' he recalled his weekly trips to the village with his Nanny 'Alice', who's real name was Olive. The visit to the shop was for bulls-eyes, a mint flavoured candy, which were their favourites. They lived at Cotchford Farm, a mile up the road, so his Nanny would bring the young Christopher Robin on the back of the family pet - a donkey called Jessica.
"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 needed no urging and the woman behind the counter no instructions. It was a pennyworth of bullseyes for each of us."
The Enchanted Places - Christopher Milne
Pooh Corner is open from 9am to 5pm Mondays to Saturdays throughout the year - rain or shine. On Sundays and Bank Holidays the shop is open from 10.30am to 5pm. The shop is closed 25th and 26th December.
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