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Free house with hop growing connections

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

Built in the 1860s, when it was known as the Old Eight Bells. Legend puts the name change down to a church organist who commuted to the village from Bodiam, necessitating a new halt on the Robertsbridge to Tenterden line. Despite use by many a hop-picker thereafter, the steam railway eventually closed. Today the hop crop is sold to Harvey’s in Lewes, and returned as one of the ales sold by the pub – its traditional cellar is much prized for maintaining ale in top condition. The hop-growing farm also supplies the pub’s meats, including Buster’s burgers. The landscaped garden has a wonderful terrace with beautiful views over the Rother Valley; here a wood-fired pizza oven runs almost continually during the summer, with orders taken at the garden counter. Before leaving, have a stroll around this picturesque hamlet and the 12th-century church.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: 12–2.30
  • Dinner: 6.30–9

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

0.5 mile from A21 (Tunbridge Wells to Hastings road). Exit at Robertsbridge roundabout to Salehurst.

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