The Sussex Arms
Sussex Mews
The Pantiles
Tunbridge Wells
TN2 5TE.
Opening Hours
Mon-Wed: 5-11pm
Thur-Sat: 5-12pm
Sunday: 5-11pm

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.

...and yes, if you didn’t know, our current opening hours are ‘late until late’ - at 5pm every day until 11pm Sunday to Wednesday, and midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There are plans to open for lunch early next year – watch this space.

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

  • American Pale Ale - Dark Star
  • Lancaster Bomber - Green King

Lagers

  • Kronenbourg - France
  • Budvar - Czech Rebublic
  • Becks - Germany
  • Tyskie - Poland
  • Goose Island - Chicago

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.

MusicUpdates

Cosy & Unfestive:
At the
Corn Exchange!

A yurt in the Corn Exchange is an unusual sight, and is there for you to enjoy, and we hope that it entices you into the building’s wonderful, and relatively unknown space.

Over the coming weeks, we have a number of events and festivities planned, so please keep your ears to the ground and eyes open for the latest news, or just pop your head in to see what’s happening!

Events include musical performances, independent & blockbuster films, ale festivals, art exhibitions, markets.... and whatever else might come our way!

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Cosy Yurt:
bearBeats,
NikNak & GRS

  • Friday 1st November
  • Friday 6th December
  • Saturday 14th December
  • Friday 20th December
  • Saturday 28th December

They don’t claim to be super star DJs but they sure know some ‘slap you round the face, and tickle your ear lobe’ tunes. Greg the newest... and oldest, member of the team is a formidable instrumentalist (Particularly on the shakers) They have been regular DJs and event organisers at The Sussex.

Tunbridge Wells
Housing Authority

  • Friday 29th November
  • Friday 27th December
  • Friday 31st January

Regular sessions on the last Friday of every month from Tunbridge Wells’ and surrounding areas’ DJs. Expect solid and consistent performances from Bobzy and LVQR.