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The Bell - Ticehurst

The Bell Inn, High Street, Ticehurst, Wadhurst, TN5 7AS +44 1580468004

((((* British
Main course: £14
Food spend: £30

Very enjoyable evening. Food was fantastic.

Paul Willson 12 September 2016
from Dartford

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Nestled in the heart of an English country village, The Bell dates back to 1560. Heart-warming British dishes are served in eccentric but cosy surrounds, complete with a roaring log fire.

Seasonally changing menus are packed with fresh produce. Using ingredients sourced from local farms and suppliers, as well as fish fresh from the Sussex coast, expect uncomplicated British favourites alongside flavour-packed European dishes.

Filled with curiosities, The Bell’s eclectic design makes for a unique setting. Offering a host of local ales, the cosy bar exudes rustic charm, complete with wooden beams and exposed brickwork, whilst a tranquil beer garden is on hand for al fresco drinking and dining in warmer weather.

Close to many local attractions including several National Trust properties, Bewl Water and Bedgebury Pinetum, find The Bell Ticehurst a 20-minute drive from Tunbridge Wells.

The Bell - Ticehurst

The Bell Inn, High Street, Ticehurst, Wadhurst, TN5 7AS

Contact +44 1580200234
Reservations +44 1580468004

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Customer reviews for The Bell - Ticehurst

4.2 ((((* (based on 36 reviews)
86% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • dinner (20)
  • lunch (18)
  • romantic (10)
  • large parties (8)
  • trendy (8)
  • breakfast (6)
  • child friendly (6)
  • value (6)
  • private dining (5)
  • afternoon tea (4)
  • entertainment (3)
  • business (2)
  • luxury (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • ((((( by from London Borough of Hillingdon

    In view of the fact that the restaurant was very busy,the wait for our mains was was not only justified but well worth it. Would revisit if in the area again.

  • ((((( by from London

    An excellent experience. Great food and service and good value for money.

  • ((((* by from Speldhurst

    Lovely atmosphere. Excellent attentive service. Lovely wine. Reasonable prices. Just a problem with inedible calves' liver which was replaced with delicious fish and chips. No problem at all. Would come again.

  • ((*** by from Hereford

    The waiting staff were clearly inexperienced; they asked for our orders too soon and put another couple right next to us even though the restaurant was not full on a Monday night.
    Long wait for the mains, eventually manager apologised and offered a free drink, but we were just hungry. When the meals came one was under-cooked and the other dried from being kept warm.
    A pity because the Bell is trying to be different, and do the right thing with local suppliers. Breakfast was a much better experience

  • (**** by from Maidstone

    The food was very good but the service was dreadful. The bar staff knew nothing about the beers. The young lad was obliging enough but didn't have a clue and nobody seemed to be helping him.
    The manager looked scruffy and was unable to get the light above our heads working which meant we ate in a very dim light!
    The wine was very good but the bottle was just left on the table with nobody asking us to taste it or even serving us with it.
    The waitress remembered to bring the finger bowl just as one of our party had finished her prawns.
    The scoops of ice cream were served in warm sundae dishes (too large) - presentation bad and we had to ask for spoons and serviettes.
    We thought it insensitive serving the bill in a bible.

  • ((((( by from Dartford

    Very enjoyable evening. Food was fantastic.

  • ((((( by from London

    We dined here whilst staying at the hotel. The overall experience was great. We had reordered prosecco to our room and were told we could take it down to dinner.
    For starters I had the smoked prawns - something I had never tried before, but definitely a fish I will have again and my fiancé had the chipolatas. At first he was shocked by the large portion size but he finished them without a problem and I thought the sticky sauce was sublime. For the mains, he had the daily special which on this occasion was monkfish with bean and chorizo stew and I had the mushroom macaroni. Both dishes were excellent. The monkfish was cooked beautifully and the flavours of the tomato-based stew complemented it perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed my macaroni and the mushrooms were varied and tasty. There was a little bit too much cheese and oil for my particular taste but I imagine for most it would have been exactly right. We added to our main by sharing a well-dressed side salad and followed this with the brownie. The chocolate ice cream was smooth and velvety in contrast to the wondeful chunks of honeycomb. The caramelised banana topped it all off spectacularly.
    We had a wonderful evening with great food, music and service and hopefully we will be able to return soon.

  • (((** by from West Sussex

    Overall the food was very nice, my only disappointment is that you charge £23 for a rib eye steak and it was as thin as a minute steak! When I am paying that price for a steak I expect to see a healthy chunk of meat.

  • ((((* by from Cardiff

    A quirky restaurant with a corresponding menu.

  • (((** by from Kent

    Food was good but thought the service was very poor - almost non existent.

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