• The Bell at Ticehurst

The Bell at Ticehurst

High Street


East Sussex


01580 200234


There’s rumoured to be a secret smugglers’ tunnel to the village church, St Mary’s but a recent £2m refurb failed to unearth it. Treasures from the sea, though, are valued at this fasmily-owned 16th century coaching inn. Every Saturday coastal-based fish agent Kit Smith (http://www.fishandsmith.com), who sources for top Michelin chefs, opens his ‘Fish Out Of Water’ shed at the pub. Customers place their orders the previous day. After learning his trade at The Ivy and The Caprice the Bell’s chef, Richard Kirkwood worked at Sheekey’s Fish and Oyster restaurant in London. You’re getting my drift? So we’d recommend the hake , lemon sole and crab dishes on the menu, where mains stay firmly under the £20 mark. Check out their long list of local suppliers on the website. It’s dog-friendly as so many places increasingly are and, despite the stylish revamp, still feels like a proper pub. If you fancy tumbling into bed after your dinner, there are seven quirky, luxurious rooms. 

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