The Giant’s Fireplace Bar is one of the most fascinating rooms in the Hotel. A huge, open, log fireplace, possibly one of the largest in England, has a vast beam that spans the whole width, supported on stone piers.
There is a Priest’s Hole situated in the chimneybreast, used in the days when it was a crime to harbour a Roman Catholic – a warm refuge and a safe one!
The Bar was also once, the haunt of the infamous Hawkhurst Gang of Smugglers. An eyewitness of the day wrote:
“They sat at the windows of this house, carousing and smoking their pipes, with their loaded pistols lying on the table before them, no magistrate daring to interfere”.
The Bar offers a wide selection of beers, wines and whiskies, with a Bar Menu offering freshly prepared food. The Bar extends out onto 3 patio areas offering a sun trap in the summer ………. when the sun shines.