The Bell in Ticehurst
“A village inn to make you smile” - AA Inspector
TICEHURST, EAST SUSSEX
This eye-catching gabled and tile-hung village centre inn is equally appealing inside, with heavy beams, huge brick-and-timber inglenook, rug-strewn bare board flooring and antiquey furnishings dappling the main rooms. Funky design touches abound, from the top hat lampshades and pillar of books in the bar, to the French horns for urinals in the Gents and the stuffed squirrel that appears to hold up a ceiling. A cosy snug is furnished with leather chesterfields and shelves of books, and the Stable with a Table is an inspired function room with long sunken table and benches, perfect for the pub’s regular talk evenings and demonstration dinners. Regular entertainment events add another strand to this very popular old coaching inn. Beers from Harvey’s and local breweries populate the handpulls. Menu choices are a cut above the ordinary; starters may include pulled beef croquette with piccalilli; versatile mains typically cover aromatic pork belly with cauliflower purée and wild mushrooms, or catch of the day such as hake fillet, piquillo peppers, potatoes and chorizo.
- Children welcome
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
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About the area
Discover East Sussex
East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.
There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion.
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