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Last update: November 2023

The Bell in Ticehurst is one of the premier wedding venues in East Sussex. The story of The Bell stretches back to 1560 when it was a humble coaching inn. We have smoothed out the rougher edges but preserved the wonderful character and quirks. Our promise is to pull out all the stops for your wedding day ~ Whether you are looking for robust and rustic or Alice in Wonderland whimsy, we are here to help make your visions and dreams come true.

If you desire the eclectic and uncommon, then get in touch to begin the exciting journey towards your big day.

The setting:

The Bell in Ticehurst is a gorgeous sixteenth-century inn set in the beautiful East Sussex Countryside.

The ambience at The Bell in Ticehurst is distinctly laid back, a little bit quirky and definitely not run-of-the-mill. The Bell is the perfect place to celebrate life, love and happiness. Wedding guests will delight in the quirkiness of this historic pub – it is a treasure trove of goodies and basically just very, very cool.

Although The Bell is located in the heart of the East Sussex countryside, it still has great road and rail access, with Brighton only an hour away and London 90 minutes.

The Vibe:

The Bell's design is eclectic in the truest sense of the word, as if an eccentric nobleman has travelled the world and stuffed his house full of curiosities from his travels. Old typewriters, ancient novels and safari chairs, 30's-style suitcase and mismatched chandeliers; the result is quirky and utterly charming.

The opulent Big Room can accommodate up to 90 guests seated and 120 for your evening celebrations. The distinctive wallpaper and grandiose collection of chandeliers offer you and your guests a unique space to celebrate your partnership, enjoy a beautiful meal and party the night away.

Downstairs in the historic Stables, you can celebrate your nuptials with your very own Red Carpet Walk, which is rolled out just for you along the exceptionally long wooden table. Enjoy drinks and canapes from your personal bar. Under our beautiful pink neon, ‘I will always love you my friend’ is the perfect place for speeches, offering a more informal approach to the tradition.

Our Cosy Snug is your own little space to chill out and relax during the day. After your ceremony, we will smuggle you away to spend a little time by yourselves before the mingling begins. This is also the perfect place for guests, young and old to rest on the comfy seats, enjoy the roaring fire, and get away from the noise (but only for a few minutes!).

The Bell is also equipped with 11 beautifully distinctive rooms, all with their own personality. Your guests won’t want to get up for breakfast! Our amazing Love Nest lodge will be yours for the night, equipped with a fantastic copper roll-top bath, perfect for a long luxurious soak. Warm up with your very own log burner and snuggle up in the Nest, the perfect place to end your day.

To end the night, gather your guests around our firepit to toast marshmallows and wind down with a few last drinks together.

Package Details:

  • Exclusive use of The Big Room, for your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening party
  • Exclusive use of The Stables for your drink's reception, and general evening activities (with your very own bar)
  • Drinks reception with your choice of drink and canapes
  • Three-course wedding breakfast with wine for the table
  • The option of an evening buffet
  • A dedicated team to look after you both in the lead-up and on the day
  • All the little extras (tables, chairs, tableware, easels, cake knife & board)

Frequently asked questions

Venue Type:

In the Country
Small Hotel
Pub or Restaurant
Unusual Weddings
Historic
Unique Weddings

Ceremony Options:

Civil Ceremony Licence

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Corkage Option
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
Evening Reception Facilities
DJ Facilities

Overnight Accommodation:

Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests

Venue Staff Assistance:

Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Wedding Coordinator

Other Features:

Exclusive Use
Car Parking
Confetti Permitted
Pet Friendly
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181 reviews
Victoria
Victoria B. Married on 11/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect quirky fairytale wedding at the Bell

The Bell was a wonderful and magical wedding venue. Our wedding day there was absolutely incredible. Everything felt easy and was run like clockwork - from breakfast in bed to an ending by the firepit! The private spaces both upstairs and downstairs, as well as outdoors, are able to easily accommodate guests while making everyone feel at ease and welcome. The upstairs room is really special, and we got to be bathed in golden November light for our ceremony. The staff were incredibly helpful throughout the whole day - a special shout-out to Josie, who ran everything seamlessly, and to Oscar, who made our day by switching shifts to be with us! The food and drinks were exceptional - everyone commented on how talented the cooks were, and what a lovely and warm venue the Bell is. Absolutely recommend! We wish we could get married there again.
Phil
Phil B. Married on 29/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Truly Unforgettable Day

We had the most fantastic wedding at The Bell. Throughout the whole process everyone at the bell were accomodating and helpful team mates who thought of details that even we had overlooked.

The day itself was run like clockwork but not in a way that made it feel mechanical. Jess was just attentive enough, appearing at moments to keep things on track but blending into the background for the majority.

The use of the space is fantastic and many of our guests have complimented how much we were able to do with it and, of course, how fun and quirky it was.

A big fat recommendation from us.
Jake
Jake C. Married on 22/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Day!

I lost count of the number of times people commented on how much they loved the venue for our wedding. It was the first place we saw and we knew it was right for us. We loved the quirky vibe and it already looked amazing so it didn’t take much additional decoration. The staff were all super helpful from the first enquiry until the day itself. Particular thanks go to Jess and John for coordination the day and taking the pressure off so we could focus on having fun! They really took all the stress out of the day. The red carpet walk made for some awesome and unique photos, as did the beautiful garden with tulips in bloom. We look forward to coming back for our anniversary stay!
Kara
Kara E. Married on 14/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect day

If I could give more than five stars I would. This was an absolute dream venue, it was stunningly beautiful and our day couldn’t have gone better. The staff were beyond helpful, every inch of the day was wonderfully planned and ran absolutely flawlessly. There was no request or issue too big. All of our guests were overwhelmed at the venue’s uniqueness and we couldn’t have had enough compliments, from the design of the place, to the quality of the food, to the smoothness of the day. If you’re looking for a wedding with a relaxed and calm feel, where the focus is people having a great time and loving every second i couldn’t recommend this place highly enough. If I could re-do my day all over again I would!
Amy
Amy A. Married on 08/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect day at The Bell

We have just got married at The Bell and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. All of our guests commented on how much they loved the food and how great the staff were. Tessa was amazing throughout the planning process and Bryce ran our day smoothly. We truly didn’t have to worry about anything on the day. The whole venue is so beautiful and cosy and everyone loved the fire pit at the end of the night. I would do it all again in a heartbeat if I could!
Laura
Laura Married on 26/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Dream Wedding!

Getting married at The Bell was probably one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Our day was just seamless from start to finish.
A special thanks goes to Tessa, Bryce, Jess, Ray and Jon who were all extremely helpful and attentive throughout the whole process. And the food from the Head Chef, Mark was exceptional. The whole team at The Bell have have created something truly special.
Carla
Carla J. Married on 12/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Our amazing wedding day!

We loved The Bell the moment we saw it, its location in Sussex, its charm, its quirkiness, its functionality. It was perfect for us as it was unique whilst being hotel quality service, but a pub and much more casual and cool venue than a traditional hotel venue. We meet Tessa the Wedding Events Manager and instantly felt in safe hands. Everything has been thought through and about at The Bell, which put us at ease and made our decision easy. We booked it within days of our initial meeting and show round.
Helen
Helen Y. Married on 14/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

If you want a truly unique, intimate wedding venue that you and your guests will remember, look no further! The Bell in Ticehurst has it all.

We originally booked The Bell in Ticehurst in the autumn of 2018 after it stood out for us as a unique, cosy, quirky wedding venue that suited us perfectly. A key advantage was that it could accommodate smaller-scale weddings without feeling empty.

We were going to have our wedding day at The Bell in April 2020 - but of course with the pandemic unfortunately this did not happen.
Whilst we were initially disappointed with having to postpone our wedding, The wedding co-ordinator Tessa and The Bell were nothing short of accommodating and offered us alternative dates with no fuss. This was also the case the 2nd and 3rd time we pushed the date due to the ongoing covid situation.

Our day finally came on 14th July 2022 and it was absolutely worth the wait. Over the course of the previous 2 years, The Bell had had an extension, assembly room makeover and changed head chef, all of which made our day that more special when it came.

In addition to the wedding day itself, we were able to organise a group meal the night before in the stable room for guests who were staying at The Bell and close-by. If you are having your wedding at The Bell we would very much recommend this as it gives you time to see your nearest and dearest and explore this amazing pub before the rest of your guests arrive the next day.

On the wedding day itself, both my husband and I were very well looked after by the really friendly staff. No request was any bother, including helping in searching for a flower girl’s lost toy bunny!

Tessa, Bryce, Jess and all the team ensured the day ran without a hitch whilst simultaneously not feeling rushed.

The wedding breakfast banquet was of excellent quality and really impressed our guests - everyone came away well fed! It even received high praise from a guest who used to work as a hotel manager in locations around the world.

Other benefits of The Bell include:
-Good selection of non-alcoholic beer
-A number of rooms that can accommodate some of your party, including the excellent huts in the garden
-The fire pit was a great way to wind down in the warm summer evening
-The stable-room makes a great board game room, or a place for people to relax if they are not the dancing sort
-The place is a wedding photographers dream!
-The evening food was very generous
-Your guests will want to come back here afterwards, and will ask you “How did you find this place?”
-There is an aeroplane wing in the beer garden
-The gents toilets…
-You get to walk down a long wooden table and ring a big bell after you’re married

If you want a truly unique, intimate wedding venue that you and your guests will remember, look no further! The Bell in Ticehurst has it all.
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Charlotte W. Married on 20/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect day made possible by an incredible venue and staff

We had our wedding at The Bell in May 2022 and everything about the day could not have been more perfect. The recommended suppliers that we used were all absolutely excellent. The communication from Tessa and the team was always clear, friendly and professional and we always felt we could come to her with any questions. On the day itself, the staff were outstanding, the food hugely surpassed expectations (even after our tasting!), and the ambience of the entire place felt private and personal.

Our friends still talk about how amazing the venue itself was, and I can not recommend them highly enough.
Alexandra
Alexandra H. Married on 18/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect cosy winter wedding

My husband and I got married at The Bell in December 2021. We were looking for a venue that would compliment the season and as soon as we visited The Bell we knew it was perfect. The cosy atmosphere and quirky features are what sold it to us, we felt like it reflected our personalities perfectly. Tessa was very attentive from day 1, swiftly responding to my hundreds of questions (I am sure fellow COVID brides can relate) and allowing us some extra flexibility due to the challenging never ending threat of further restrictions. On the day Bryce was fantastic - making sure the day ran smoothly and efficiently whilst also making us feel relaxed and at ease so we could enjoy our day 100%. All of our guests complimented our venue and said it was one of the most memorable weddings they had been to. We'll certainly be back for many anniversaries in the future as it feels like a home from home and now has a very special place in our hearts. Thank you for the best day of our lives!
Karla
Karla C. Married on 03/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect venue

We got married in December 2021 at The Bell after postponing for a year due to the pandemic. It was an incredible feeling to finally have the wedding we had started to plan back in 2019, and the additional year gave us time to completely perfect our plans. I cannot fault the venue in any way, the minute we walked in we knew it was the right place for us, especially with the planned refurbishment with trees being an important part of our theme. The planning process was smooth, Tessa was brilliant to work with and answered all our questions and the day ran perfectly as a result. The staff were wonderful, everyone complimented the food in particular – they made a gluten free sticky toffee pudding for us which I will be eternally grateful for! There were a few minor hiccups - some miscommunications regarding the decorations which was resolved very quickly, and the wrong song was played as we walked down the aisle after the ceremony, but we absolutely had a day to remember! Most of our guests had to travel over an hour to get to the wedding but lots of them commented that it was well worth the trip, and they could see why we chose the venue. We may be biased, but as far as we are concerned, no other venue comes close to the uniqueness of The Bell and I am sure we will be back to visit every year.
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Natalie B. Married on 16/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect wedding

We had our wedding at The Bell in October and it was the most perfect day! After two cancelled weddings at a previous venue due to Covid, we decided to change our plans and move to The Bell. It’s best decision we have ever made!

From booking in the date, to all of the arrangements before the big day, Tessa was so lovely and looked after us and made sure everything was organised for how we wanted it.

The day itself was amazing! The whole team were fantastic, everyone commented on how friendly and helpful the staff were :) Bryce who ran the day was amazing, even bringing the last bottle of red wine over knowing my husband would want it (he couldn’t have been happier)! The food was insanely good, all of our drinks were topped up, and everyone had a brilliant time!

Thank you so much, we can’t thank you enough, and we cannot wait to revisit The Bell to relive our special day!

Kane and Natalie
Sam
Sam Married on 28/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Just the best day!

From the get go we knew The Bell was our perfect wedding venue. We took a gamble and booked before the renovations had started but they are breathtaking and Tessa and her team are just the best! Tessa gave us fabulous supplier recommendations which was a huge help! She answered our endless questions like a pro and helped explain how our day would run…And everything on the day was just perfect. The Bell does a few of their own things which makes it even more special.
I was nervous about walking along the red carpet but it was one of the best bits! The food was incredible, the menu taster session we had a few months before our wedding was so nice.
A bonus with The Bell is the fact there are rooms for you and your loved ones to stay in which for us was a huge factor when choosing our venue - however we would definitely recommend booking 2 nights instead of 1!
The bar staff were amazing and Bryce who was managing our day did an absolutely top job!! Another part of what makes the Bell so special is that you can continue to visit after your wedding, which we will most definitely be doing! We feel like part of the furniture now. Our day was better than we could have ever imagined..and we just wish we could do it all over again!!!
Georgie
Georgie F. Married on 07/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect venue for our day

We are so happy that we chose The Bell as our venue, everything about the experience was brilliant. Their Weddings and Events Manager Tessa was always very helpful, always responsive, and worked with us the whole way through to ensure the day was what we wanted. They took care of so much for us that we didn't find it a stressful process, apart from pandemic it was actually pretty calm! As well as Tessa the entire team at The Bell were fantastic. Their head chef Oscar created a delicious vegan menu for our guests, and Bryce and every other staff member working during our event was helpful and lovely. The setting of The Bell is beautiful, the village is picture perfect, as is the venue itself. It's so much more than "just a pub". Everyone remarked loads on how much they loved it there throughout the day. They also have quite a few rooms (12 I think?) and these are really special too. They're quite luxurious, with lovely decor and amenities. Ours had a large copper bath and a private roof terrace. So the whole event was just perfect all round. I think The Bell punches above its weight in terms of the quality of the day you get for the money that you pay - and money is always consideration when planning a wedding. Thank you to The Bell for being such a key part in making our day so incredible!
Nicola
Nicola D. Married on 21/07/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing wedding venue

Finally we managed to get married at this amazing venue, our date was postponed 4 times as we went into the first lockdown only 7 days before our original date. Having said this nothing was ever too much trouble for Tess the wedding coordinator who was caring, proactive and just brilliant. I honestly can not thank her enough for all that she did for us!
The venue is second to none, relaxed, quirky but with great attention to detail, all our guests adored it. The food and drinks were superb and staff were fantastic. Accommodation is unique and very special the bridal party stayed the night before the wedding which worked wonderfully and I used Nicola Downey for hair ( one of the recommended suppliers) who was superb. Our guests accommodated all of the rooms on the wedding night and loved them!. The fire pit after dark with sparklers and marshmallows was just magical as were the gardens , a perfect little oasis.
We will be back for our anniversary for sure and if your looking for a unique, special place to create amazing memories, this is it
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