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Best Beech Inn, Wadhurst
Best Beech Hill,
Telephone: 01892 457550
Owner: Shepherd Neame
Tenant / Lessee: N/A
Landlord: Mr Steve Rowley and Mrs Lorraine Rowley - since Jnauray 6th, 2016
Real Ale: Yes
Real Cider / Perry: Yes / No
Free House: Yes
Website: Yes / No – if ‘yes’ state url
Facebook: Yes / No
Twitter: Yes / No
Instagram: Yes / No
Free Wifi: Yes / No
Child friendly: Yes / No
Dog friendly: Yes / No
Car Parking: Yes / No
Disabled access: Yes / No
We’re also a B&B, so we’ve got six en-suite rooms, which have all recently been refurbished. They’re absolutely fantastic rooms and we’re going to do some marketing to try and draw people to the local area, which has absolutely outstanding natural beauty. It’s an area for cyclists, walkers and explorers.
e.g. Large garden, pool table, darts, wide screen, tv, Sky Sports, dining area, restaurant menu, bar snacks
The Best Beech is an old coaching house that has been around since the early 17th century, and has had a series of landlords in recent years. I used to work in the city, but my wife Lorraine and I have a large family and wanted a lifestyle change, so we started looking for a pub to run. It wasn’t until The Best Beech came up that we found one we liked – we absolutely fell in love with the place when we came here and started on January 6 this year. For us it is a dream come true.
We’re doing traditional homemade pub food, and our chef Darren Sourour will also be doing some daily specials. To start, we’ve got devilled whitebait, smoked salmon and chive cream cornets, soup of the day, prawn cocktail, chicken skewers and prawn and chorizo gambas.
For the mains, there’s an 8oz rib eye steak, the Best Beech burger, fish and chips, chilli con carne and double lamb chop, as well as grilled chicken breast, ham, egg and chips, sausage and mash and a chicken, prawn or vegetable curry, which we can moderate the heat on. We’ve also got specials like a fish stew and crab or vegetable linguini.
We’re also doing freshly baked baguettes and sandwiches at lunchtimes only at the moment, including sausage and fried onion, bacon and melted brie, Cajun chicken, smoked salmon, cheese and pickle and a fish finger bap.
For desserts, we’ve got coffee crème brûlée, apple and blackberry crumble with vanilla custard, white chocolate chip brownie with vanilla ice cream, and warm waffle served with vanilla ice cream and Darren’s homemade honeycomb. We’re also doing an English cheeseboard where we’re specialising in Sussex cheeses to make the food offering even more local, plus we’re using the local W J Crouch butcher in Wadhurst.
On Sundays we serve a traditional lunch menu, always offering two choices of meat, a fish dish and a vegetarian option.
We’ll have some more expensive red and white wines that will go with the dishes we’ll be serving. We’re a Shepherd Neame pub in Sussex, so we serve Spitfire Gold, but we also stock Harvey’s.
The Best Beech is an old coaching house that has been around since the early 17th century.