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The Bell in Ticehurst, East Sussex
A night at The Bell is like stepping into Wonderland - whimsical, romantic and just a little bit bonkers. Although this cosy 16th-century inn in Ticehurst is a village pub at heart, it attracts out-of-towners like us, who are looking for a quirky country escape. The decor is a bit eccentric with top hat lamps, cuckoo clocks and neon signs but it's all part of the charm.
The Bell sits slap bang in the middle of the High Street in Ticehurst with its pretty local arts and crafts shops (like The Old Haberdashery and Greenfinch), on the Kent-Sussex border. Its just 25 minutes by car from Royal Tunbridge Wells or just over 90 minutes from London.
By car: The Bell is easily accesible from the M25/M26/M20 and provides on-site parking. 1 hour 40 mins from London.
By train: Wadhurst station is a 12-minute drive away, serviced by Southeastern services from London Charing Cross and Hastings. trainline.com
Style & Character
The Bell is welcoming to all, but we'd say the curious décor really appeals to more eclectic tastes. The oast house-style lodges in the garden are particularly cute, like something from Enid Blyton's The Faraway Tree. Inside the pub the decor is rather eccentric, with top hat lamps, giant stacks of books, eagle cuckoo clocks and neon signs.
Service & Facilities
The staff were helpful and friendly to a fault. We particularly loved the communal firepit hidden away in the garden. Although only for lodge guests, it's pretty special.
- Wedding venue
- Garden lodges
Guests hunker down in one of the seven rooms in the main inn or in one of the four cutesy lodges in the garden. You could quite happily stay in any room or lodge and completely fall in love with it. They are all so unique.
All rooms: king-sized or super king-sized beds with handmade Somnus mattresses, feather duvet and pillows, en-suite bathroom with Arran Aromatics toiletries
All lodges: set in their own gardens, king-sized or super king-sized beds with handmade Somnus mattresses, feather duvet and pillows, en-suite bathroom with Arran Aromatics toiletries
Food & Drink
The Colombian chef brings brilliant South American flavours to the gastropub menu. The kitchen toast was a standout for us: sourdough topped with poached eggs, crispy bacon and avocado, the breakfast of champions.
The Bell restaurant: gastropub menu with a South American twist. Mains from £14.50-£25. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Bell bar: historic, warm and comfortable with a good range of beers and wine