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OVERVIEW

A rural hideaway to escape the hustle and bustle, The Bell in Ticehurst offers an entirely unique bolthole with décor that is bold and eccentric throughout; a proper pub and a lively hub of the village - enjoy a cosy base with playful art and a delicious menu, serving modern British cuisine.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Located in the pretty rural village of Ticehurst on the Kent-Sussex border, The Bell provides a great spot to escape urban life. Close to National Trust-owned Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Tillingham Vineyard, the expansive Camber Sands and popular town of Rye, home to The Union - a gorgeous low-lit restaurant and bar set in a 15th century building, serving delicious small plates. There's also the historic town of Hastings and Royal Tunbridge Wells - renowned for being a growing foodie-destination in Kent.

By car: The Bell is easily accessible from the M25/M26/M20, 25 minutes by car from Royal Tunbridge Wells or just over 90 minutes from London, and provides on-site parking.

By train: Wadhurst station is a 12-minute drive away, serviced by Southeastern trains from London Charing Cross (1 hour) and Hastings (30 minutes). Book trains to Wadhurst.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Boasting many of its original 15th century features, the pub oozes character with a bold and eclectic style that will capture your imagination at every turn; think chunky beams, uneven floors and expressive art - including a collection of Tracy Emin, Henry Moore, Banksy, Graham Sutherland and Picasso, as well as a limited edition signed print by Francis Bacon. The brilliantly quirky interior design is a collaboration between owner, Richard Upton and Creative Director Philippa King, from Curious House.

THE FACILITIES

A proper pub with an informal yet efficient service and friendliest staff, happy to offer insight into The Bell's curious history. The hub of the village, it's a superb spot to meet friends, eat, drink and celebrate occasions. Secret suppers and celebratory meals can be hosted, either in the Stable or in the glorious 'Big Room' with its twin fireplaces, 12 chandeliers and wallpaper exclusively designed by artist, Melissa White.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Family-friendly
  • Dog-friendly

  • Free parking

  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

There are seven individually designed rooms and four whimsical lodges, home to bold art and quirky design features, including silver birch branches, upside-down tiles and randomly placed light fixtures. Each room has its own distinctive name and bathrooms are all different.

Room types: Classic Double, Deluxe Double, Suite, Lodge.

Key amenities: en-suite bathroom with toiletries, king-sized or super king-sized beds, tea and coffee making facilities.

FOOD AND DRINK

Expect a creative menu featuring British cuisine with a French influence by head chef, Mark Charker. The bar area offers pub-classics including fish and chips, burgers and a fabulous Sunday roast. The Stables is an indulgent fine dining experience with a tasting menu, paired with wines and bespoke cocktails.

The Restaurant: gastro pub, British pub classics. Open daily from 12pm.

The Stables: fine dining, locally sourced ingredients, seasonal menus. Open Wed for dinner. Five-course tasting menu from £65.

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