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Traditional and European cooking in an old timbered inn

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Free Wi-Fi
Functions catered

From The Star & Eagle’s lofty position in this Wealden hill village, some of the orchards and hop fields that originally earned Kent the sobriquet ‘Garden of England’ stretch out below. The parish church next door is higher than the Star, but only just. The rambling inn dates from the 14th century, when surviving vaulted stonework suggests it may have been a monastery. Four centuries later the infamous Hawkhurst Gang of smugglers and thieves drank and plotted here, until angry villagers finally sent them packing. Always on offer in the bar are Harvey’s Sussex from its brewery in Lewes, guest ales, Biddenden cider and 14 wines by the glass. Suitably armed, as it were, with a full glass, choose between fine traditional and European dishes prepared by head chef Scott Smith and team in the big-beamed, split-level restaurant.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11–11 (Sunday 12–3 6.30–10.30)
  • Lunch: all week 12–2.30
  • Dinner: all week 7–9.30

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available
  • High chairs
  • Baby change

Getting here

Just off A21 towards Hastings. Take A262 into Goudhurst. Pub at top of hill adjacent to church.

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