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Local cuisine, Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

MICHELIN Guide's Point of View

With top hats as lampshades and tubas in the loos, quirky is this 16C coaching inn’s middle name. Menus offer hearty dishes with a refined edge and the...
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The Bell is a truly quirky pub with delicious food and really rather marvellous rooms in the heart of the village of Ticehurst, East Sussex. Warm and comfortable with extraordinary events and intuitive hospitality, weddings and celebrations a bit of a speciality.
PRICE RANGE
£6 - £35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 30 December 2023 via mobile

Visited for Sunday lunch in May and again for a weekday early dinner in July. Great food and service on both occasions in this lovely, traditional and slightly quirky decor'd pub.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 18 December 2023

Lovely for drinks - food has gone severely down hill. Mediocre and over priced I am sorry to says. Service is extremely hit and miss, depending on “who is on” on the day. Ambiance lovely.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 13 December 2023

I went here on Saturday 8th December, it was so lovely, cosy, welcoming to meet my family, we only had snacks but the staff very polite delivered first class snacks , I will definitely go there again. First class!!!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 5 December 2023

Went there with 5 friends, great setting and staff very friendly & efficient. The only complaint is the menu - which is very unexciting and overpriced. Most of us had the chicken Kiev which was certainly not worth the £25 (without veg) it was dry...& tasteless, which I’ve seen on other reviews so don’t quite understand why they haven’t improved the recipe. The vegetables were equally tasteless. The venue is so inviting & as I said the staff were great but food not so good.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2023

Delicious Thursday night dinner - but the male waiter was heavy handed and had a weird, impatient manner, a bit of attitude there. They were rushing us through our meal because they clearly wanted to go home. They rang last orders at 10pm Felt like...Covid times again. Menu is limited too. This is not the first time we’ve been made to feel like this at The Bell. Friends have booked us for dinner in December, so we’ll give you one last try…More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 11 November 2023

Gorgeous pub, lovely ambience and staff, disappointing menu, disgusting food. There was nothing we wanted on the menu. No basic cuts of meat or fish. Even basic fare was unappealing. Once chosen, the batter was stodgy, the burger, tomato and lettuce had sugar in. Second...time we have gone recently and same experience both times. A shame as really lovely pubMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 15 October 2023 via mobile

Food was nice but a massive disappointment that having seen nut roast on the menu on the website, the actual veggie element was cabbage. And not especially amazing cabbage either. The accompanying veg were nice, as was the Yorkshire pudding, but with a modest portion...size, it felt like a bit of a rip-off as it was the same price as the meat version. I'm used to paying the same and don't mind if I feel I'm getting a good alternative but this was a let-down sadly.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 11 October 2023

We've dined here a couple of times, in the week. Lovely Art on the wall, The servers are generally nice and the food's been ok. This weekend we went out of our way to try Sunday Lunch. We won't be making that mistake again. The...pub is in a great location, the weather was good and we were in good spirits, at the start at least. The Ballantine of chicken was dry, weird tasting and frankly inedible. The roast potatoes had been sitting around and required a good deal of sawing with the knife to get through. All my wife could eat was the carrots, which, to be fair were nice. We waited and waited for it also.The server was ok untill he asked the question about seeing the substancial amount of food left on both plates, then went away and came back with a very dismissive explanation that the chef was sorry. No offer of a refund for the mains, and nearly £100 later we left wondering WTF had just happened. Just weird, we both wanted this place to be good, but it just isn't.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 9 October 2023

This pub makes a great thing out of being quirky. This means that many of its features are just pointless and often irritating. The Bell website is gushing and almost completely uninformative. We stayed there to use a gift voucher issued by the Epicurean Club,...now taken over by Loupe. It was the only hotel in the Home Counties that we could find that hadn't ceased trading with the Club. Warning to everyone- avoid Loupe-! That said, the room was pleasant, the bed comfortable and the staff friendly. The unhelpful website had suggested a gourmet experience, which we were looking forward to. But the only fare on offer was basic pub food, some of it given a fancy description, but still very ordinary stuff- chicken or cod. So we had sausages and mash, which were excellent but not exactly gourmet . The pub seems to be popular with the locals, though its drinks are expensive and the wine list ruinously so. Our experience wasn't bad, but I wouldn't recommend travelling any distance to visit the Bell. One can pay too much for quirks.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

The tasting menu was without fault, this is truly top quality food delivered in a fantastic air-conditioned setting. The stables is a small intimate restaurant attached to the main pub but the evening really was without fault. The excellent 5 course menu was supplemented with...2 lovely hors d’oeuvre dishes and sweet petit fours. The staff were excellent providing grey information on each dish. The stables is only available one day a week so be sure to book.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 9 September 2023 via mobile

We had a lovely stay here. Our room was quirky and the food was delicious! For couples and families, this pub has plenty of character. We will be staying again :)

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 7 August 2023

I have fond memories of this pub. Now, not at all. Greedy owners who have taken over a much loved local pub and driven out the locals with no regard to village life with outrageous priced drinks and food. Only suitable for those with high...wages that don't mind being so outrageously overcharged and no soul. Shame on the owners, how can you ruin such a valued community asset, the local village pub.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 25 July 2023 via mobile

This Place has been on the bucket list for a while now, as the husband stayed here a few years back for work and fell in love with the place, knowing that I would love it! So for our 13th anniversary we decided to celebrate...it here! Wow! Absolutely beautiful! Rae was so lovely and welcoming, told us a bit behind the bell and the history of it all. So lovely! We loved all the quirky things, and every time you looked anywhere you would notice something different! The rooms are absolutely beautiful! Extremely comfortable bed! The only 2 hang ups we had really were the pricing of the food, bit overpriced but lovely none the less. Just think £18.50 for a burger and fries (not even a salad on the side) is a bit excessive, and also when we were sat down and the waitress asked us if we wanted water for the table, we didn't expect to be charged £3.95 for it when she didn't actually tell us it wasn't free. Maybe if the food was priced a bit better value it would of been perfect! Other than that, it was great!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 3 June 2023 via mobile

What more could you ask of a cosy, modernised but still characterful village pub! Delicious lunch, loads of local ales on tap, and thrumming with the vibe of local regulars enjoying a weekend lunch.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Daniel Courtney, General Manager at The Bell Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2023

Dear OliwaVasicek Thank you for your kind review and comments. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 30 May 2023 via mobile

We came here having had a great Sunday lunch on our previous visit, which was wonderful. This time the food was awful. The staff were very nice though. We were informed that they have their summer menu (all cooked on a barbecue). The menu looked...pricey (and we’re used to eating out at nice places - price isn’t a problem for good food). So chicken (£22) and steak (£32) comes with sides as extra. These sides include such things as broccoli, sweetcorn and oven chips (described as skin on fries!). These side dishes range from £5 to £7! The broccoli and sweetcorn were in tiny portions and charred. The chicken had been oven cooked and finished on the barbecue. It was boneless and lacked crispness and flavour. The steak was simply inedible (tough, cold and devoid of flavour). We waited over an hour for the privilege of this food being served. Before two of the main courses arrived they attempted to bring us two burgers (someone else’s order). After we declined the two steaks they brought us two pulled pork burgers (we’d asked what would be the quickest). They were inedible as the sauce was so sweet. These burgers were served with a very cheap looking apple sauce. I really am so shocked that a Michelin listed restaurant can serve this food! To their credit the staff recognised the problem and didn’t charge us. We are not the only ones who are disappointed with the summer menu, there are two more reviews on the hotel website (for food).More

Date of visit: May 2023
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The menu in place has a selection of small and larger plates, plus desserts and daily specials
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Ni idea...Istayed with my mates as we were attending something locally........ nice place,,,,,,,
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Hi Steve It took us around 20 mins or so, that was a nice easy slow walk. The person that said 8 mins must of been jogging!!!! Enjoy
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