The Sussex Arms
Sussex Mews
The Pantiles
Tunbridge Wells
TN2 5TE.
Opening Hours
Mon-Wed: noon-11pm
Thur: noon-midnight
Fri&Sat: noon-1am
Sunday: noon-11pm

Find it first!

Situated on Sussex Mews behind the Pantiles’ Corn Exchange sits one of Tunbrdige Wells’ most historic pubs. Tucked away through Coach and Horse Passage, The Sussex is the area’s best-kept secret.


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The pub hosts regular (notoriously challenging) pub quizzes, regular DJ nights, and little gigs that often make for a great first visit.

We offer real ale from three hand-pulls, craft beers, and an ever expanding wine and spirits list.

The Sussex is currently not serving food - but will be launching our menu for Autumn and Winter on Thursday 6 November. As usual, lunch is served seven days a week at our sister pub The Ragged Trousers just two minutes away.

IndependentSpirits

Where possible, we like to use small companies and our spirits list includes some greats from niche and boutique distillers, such as Tunbridge Wells’ own Bathtub Gin and Rumbullion.

Rum

  • Goslings Gold (40%) - £2.30
  • Goslings BlackSeal (40%) - £2.30
  • Kraken (40%) - £2.60
  • MT. Gay (40%) - £2.60
  • Appleton Estate (40%) - £2.60
  • Havana Anejo (40%) - £2.60
  • Rumbullion! (42.5%) - £2.60
  • Morgans Spiced (25%) - £2.60
  • Lambs Spiced (37.5%) - £2.60
  • Sailor Jerry (40%) - £2.60
  • Cockspur (37.5%) - £2.90
  • Woods 100 (57.5%) - £2.90

Vodka

  • Russian Standard (40%) - £2.30
  • Besmoked Vodka (40%) - £2.60
  • Sipsmith Barley (40%) - £2.60
  • Black Cow Milk Vodka - £2.60
  • Chilli Vodka (40%) - £2.60

Tequila

  • El Jimador (38%) - £2.60
  • Lajita Mezcal (40%) - £2.60
  • Tequila Chamucos (40%) - £2.60
  • Patron Anejo (40%) - £3.90

Whiskey

  • Bells (40%) - £2.30
  • Jameson’s (40%) - £2.30
  • Monkey Shoulder (40%) - £2.90
  • Nikka All Malt (40%) - £2.90
  • Old Pultenay (40%) - £2.90
  • Dahlwhinnie (43%) - £2.90
  • Glenfiddich (51%) - £2.90

Bourbon

  • Jack Daniels (40%) - £2.60
  • Bulleit (40%) - £2.90
  • Jeffersons Reserve (45%) - £2.90

Gin

  • Hayman’s London (40%) - £2.30
  • Hayman’s Sloe (26%) - £2.60
  • Hendrick’s (41.4%) - £2.60
  • Bathtub Gin (43.3%) - £2.60
  • Geranium Gin (44%) - £2.60
  • Bathtub Navy (57%) - £2.90

PINTS& halves

Real Ales

ON NOW...

  • Landlord - Timothy Taylor
  • American Pale Ale - Long Man Brewery
  • Tribute - St Austell

& COMING SOON...

  • Doom Bar- Sharpes
  • Lion - Hook Norton

Lagers

  • Kronenbourg - France
  • Budvar - Czech Rebublic
  • Becks - Germany

Ciders

  • Stowford Press - Herefordshire
  • Kopperberg - Sweden

The SussexHistory

The Sussex Arms has a long and sometimes eccentric history – most notably perhaps having once had the border of Kent and Sussex running through its middle.

17th Century foundations

With 17th Century foundations, the pub is almost as old as the town itself - built to serve the needs of the Coachmen and servants who would park in Sussex Mews while their Gentleman owners enjoyed the nearby Walks.

The adjacent Sussex Hotel (now the Corn Exchange) gave its name to the pub, and according to tradition of a pub serving a hotel, the pub was known as ‘the Sussex Shades.’

Throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s, the pub was for a long time under the stewardship of the legendary pub landlord Denis Lane, whose larger than life stature and character, made for a famously eccentric boozer which has produced many an anecdote.

The current owners hope that while we have given the pub a spit and polish – we can retain some of this history and character.

EventUpdates

Downtown Meltdown

Riotous rhythm and blues, juke joint jivers and good time tunes from the infamous Downtown Meltdown DJs. The next event takes place on Saturday 6th December from 8pm until late.

It's the Quiz!

The pub quiz takes place every Thursday evening from 8(ish) to 11(ish).
Entry is £2 per person - winner takes all!
A bar menu of snacks and burgers is available from 7pm.