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Family-run country inn overlooking Bodiam Castle

At a glance

Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Beer festival
Microbrewed ales
Open all year

This tile-hung village pub is either the first in, or the last out of the village, depending on which way you are travelling. Its age is more apparent from the interior, particularly the huge fireplace, old oak beams and stone floors. Four hand-pumps dispense regularly-changing, mostly Sussex real ales and some 20 wines are available by the glass. The seasonal menus show how dependent the kitchen is on the local area: for example, seared scallops with a piquillo pepper purée and chorizo; chargrilled chump of lamb, mustard mash with rosemary pesto; crayfish and crabmeat linguine; and pot-roasted wild rabbit.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: all week 12–2.30
  • Dinner: all week 6.30–9.30

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Harvey's, Growler Brewery Top Dog, Rother Valley Level Best, Pig and Porter Ashburnham Pale Ale, Ewhurst Ales
  • Real ciders: Double Vision, Hunt's Sussex Hairy Pig and Conquest
  • Microbrewery ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, 1st week September
  • Cider festival, Late September (book and cider festival)


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

On A21 from Tonbridge towards Hastings, left after Hurst Green signed Bodiam. Straight on at crossroads, through Bodiam. Over rail crossing, left for Ewhurst Green.

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