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 six hand-pulls, craft beers, and an ever expanding wine and spirits list.

New logo design!

The Sussex Arms has taken on a new Logo! The logo proudly features the 6 heraldic Martletts/Swallows, associated with the Sussex counties Coat of Arms. (links to wiki article - we suggest you take a moment to learn some of your local history!)

You'll soon be able to see the logo painted in it's full glory on the side of pub itself! Keep a watch out!

Work with us

We often have vacancies for members of bar and kitchen staff either at the The Sussex Arms or our sister pub the Ragged Trousers.

Applicants must be 18 or over and experience is preferable.

Please send a CV and short covering note explaining your availability and what you can bring to the team, by email to richard@theragged.co.uk

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.

PINTS& halves

Real Ales

ON NOW... 

  • Landlord - Timothy Taylor
  • Tribute - St. Austell
  • Long Man - American Pale Ale
  • Gadd's - No. 3
  • Old Dairy - Cattle Shed
  • Kent - Black Gold

& COMING SOON.. 

  • Kent - Brewer's Reserve
  • Gadd's - No. 5
  • Adnam's - Cashmere IPA
  • Downlands - Bramber
  • Downlands - Best
  • High Weald - Charcoal Burner
  • High Weald - Greenstede

Lagers

  • Kronenbourg - France
  • Budvar - Czech Rebublic
  • Becks - Germany
  • Staropramen - Czech Republic
  • Meantime London Lager - London

Ciders

  • Stowford Press - Herefordshire
  • Orchard Pig Reveller - Somerset
  • Cidre Breton - France
  • Seacider MediumSussex
  • Seacider Hardcore - Sussex

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

EventUpdates

Local & Live Fundraising Festival

This August Bank Holiday (26th-29th) the Sussex joins The Forum in being part of the fundraising initiative for Local & Live by hosting bands in our infamous cellar bar.  Acts TBC.  More info and tickets here.

Allied Against Anxiety charity all-dayer

On Saturday 8th August, the Sussex is proud to host a non-stop 8 hour gig with 25 great acts performing in support of Anxiety UK.  Starts 1pm.

It's the Quiz!

The quiz is currently taking it's annual Summer holiday - and will return in October.

The pub quiz takes place from October to May 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.

Hoppy Hour!

Every Sunday from 5pm, all real ales are £3 a pint! See @TWSussexArms for further details.