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.
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.
We are now open from noon every day, and serve a simple lunch menu from 12-3pm on Tuesday to Saturday. As usual, a more extensive lunch menu is available at our sister pub The Ragged Trousers two minutes away.
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.
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.
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.
Every Sunday evening throughout the summer
From 7pm until the food runs out!
Sixties Soul Party
Saturday 26th July, free admissionsecretsoulclub.tumblr.com
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.