Calling all engaged couples in and around East Sussex, if you're looking for a wedding venue that combines a unique sense of style, countryside location and fantastic food, The Bell in Ticehurst should be on your must-visit list.
A 16th-century coaching inn, this historic building has a fairytale feel from the first moment guests see it. Nestled in the East Sussex countryside, inside you'll find a main restaurant decked out with wooden-beamed doorways and a huge hearth, all dating back to 1506. Over the years it's been transformed, extended and remodelled to make way for new function spaces, but its historic origins remain and are special part of enjoying this wedding venue.
The Bell in Ticehurst has worked hard to create a formula that offers couples a seamless shape of their day. Generally, the knot is tied in the the Big Room where a red carpet is rolled out for the aisle walk, family and friends take a perch on bistro chairs upholstered in a rainbow of colours and patterns and industrial lighting hangs from the ceiling.
From here, the wedding breakfast and evening festivities take place in the Big Room, an opulant, unique space decorated with sprawling woodland murals across the walls and a string of glittering chandeliers overhead. Here, 90 people can be seated and 120 are welcomed for dancing. Huge windows flanked by red, velvet curtains and vintage seating come together for a wow-worthy backdrop for both your event and fabulous photographs.
When it comes to food, leave everything to head chef Mark Charter and his team who are dedicated to working with the best suppliers Sussex has to offer and creating fresh-tasting, ingredient-led menus which rely on the seasons. While there are no sample menus online, previous dishes have included the likes of lamb with watercress puree, butternut squash fondant and Douglas Fir.