Jane Connolly reviews The Bell at Ticehurst

Jane Connolly reviews The Bell at Ticehurst

When you’re heading for a night in a village pub, ‘luxury’ might not be the first word that springs to mind. But people have been raving about The Bell at Ticehurst, so Jane Connolly set off to find out whether the praise rings true.
…As soon as we step into the warm snugness of the traditional bar, with its quaint decorative touches – such as stacked books and assorted squirrels  – we know this is an inn with a difference. Although shabby chic might be a broadly used design style these days, the Bell seems to have captured the worn elegance of a country pile with less artifice than most. (I particularly enjoy the chalked witticism that welcomes patrons as they take a comfort break – on the gents’ door is inscribed ‘Men play the game’, while the ladies’ door proclaims ‘Women know the score’. Though the males do have the additional and truly bizarre privilege of relieving themselves into full size tubas.)…

See pages 136 & 137 of the September issue for the full review.