The history of
The Bell Inn dates back to 1400 and is a fine example of the change in the role of the village 'pub' during the last 50 years or so. During the first half of the century when transport was much more difficult, village pubs were chiefly used for the local men to go for an evening drinking beer or cider, with the odd traveller coming in for refreshment and finding beer or spirits and a tired sandwich the limit of hospitality. The Bell it has been used by the locals and occasional outsiders, now it is a popular venue for a good, reasonably priced meal in a really welcoming atmosphere. It is child friendly and serves coffee from bars where once only alcoholic drinks could be obtained. (With acknowledgement to Doomsday Reloaded).
The Smarden Bell, Bell Lane, Smarden, Kent TN27 8PW - 01233 770283
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