The Bell in Ticehurst came to our attention when it was crowned Sussex Life Best Community Pub 2014. It's good to know that this privately-owned 16th century coaching inn is very much a part of the community, as well as attracting guests and diners from far and wide. The Bell is often featured in the national press and was voted Best UK Pub with Rooms by the readers of Red magazine. Nestling in the rural heart of East Sussex, it's just a short journey from the A21 and an hour by train from Central London.
"We believe wholeheartedly in being kind throughout the food chain, engaging with nature, cherishing the rich and varied bounty that each season brings."
This statement above sums up very well the ethos at The Bell. The commitment is to support local food as much as possible and to understand fully the provenance behind the ingredients.
Fish is fresh every day; meat, game and poultry is impeccably sourced from local farms and traditional butchers; handmade cheese comes from Alsop and Walker and ice cream from Foxy's, where it's made by Foxy and Rob in the tiny Sussex village of Bodiam, with cream and milk supplied by Northiam Dairy and seasonal fruit from Maynards Farm of Ticehurst.
The Bell is not your average pub with rooms. If we tell you that every bedroom has a silver birch tree - and a story - you'll begin to see what we mean. There are now three amazing lodges and a "Love Nest" set in their own gardens around a giant fire pit.
All bedrooms at The Bell feature:
▪ Kingsize or superking size beds with handmade Somnus mattresses ▪ Freeview flat screen tv ▪ Apple tv ▪ En-suite bathrooms ▪ Telephone ▪ Luxury “Love and More” toiletries ▪ Hairdryer ▪ Choice of pillows ▪ Complimentary wifi
Local Food Sussex says
How refreshing to find a privately-owned pub hotel which achieves such high standards as The Bell. Whether you're looking for a place to eat, to stay, to host a gathering - or all three - why settle for the ordinary when you can have the extraordinary?
We've heard the Bell described as "eccentric and fabulous" and that just about sums it up ... go discover!
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