Ringing the culinary changes

The Eight Bells in Hawkhurst has so much to offer customers, including a delicious seasonal menu, a great beer garden and local craft ales. Eileen Leahy savours a taste of this popular historic hostelry…


If you can’t go on holiday this summer, why not get away from it all courtesy of a trip to The Eight Bells in Hawkhurst? Not only is this historic 18th-century pub and restaurant a joy to while away the hours in, thanks to its charming interiors and picture-perfect location, it also boasts one of the most beautiful hidden beer gardens in the whole of Kent and East Sussex.

Its handmade timber-frame pergolas seat up to 50 people and are also fully waiter-serviced so there’s no need to queue at the bar to order your food and drink – meaning you can make the most of this perfect alfresco spot while the sun shines. There’s also a pétanque pitch which is great if you’re heading to this gorgeous country pub with family and friends when the weather is fine.

On the delicious seasonal menu you’ll find freshly-prepared dishes such as crab salad with spiced avocado, giant grilled prawns and decadent puddings, such as the pub’s famous indulgent chocolate brownie.

Steak nights run every Thursday evening, where you can select your favourite cut of meat and have it cooked to your personal preference.

The pub’s popular roasts are served every Sunday and according to the head chef, the roast sirloin is one not to be missed!

But The Eight Bells isn’t just the ideal pub for the summer months. It also comes into its own in the winter, thanks to its cosy interiors and mouthwatering menu, which swaps out salads and lighter dishes for heartier ones.

The location of The Eight Bells, just on the edge of the Moor of Hawkhurst, is another factor that makes it a must-visit at the weekends and upcoming holidays as it’s situated very close to some incredible local attractions. These include Bodiam Castle, Bedgebury Forest, Bewl Water and numerous vineyards, too. Hastings and Rye are only a short drive, which means it’s the perfect pitstop for refreshments.

Being so close to many award-winning independent breweries, The Eight Bells also boasts a fantastic selection of local beers including Cellar Head and Battle Brewery. It also serves some of the best locally-produced wines and ciders too.

So if you haven’t been yet, then what are you waiting for?


For more information call 01580 389039 or visit: theeight-bells.com

Instagram: Theeightbellsonthemoor

Facebook: TheEightBellsHawkhurst

Open Wednesday-Sunday, 12-11pm.

Food served all day.

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