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Five Bells, Eastry - pub details

Address: The Cross, Eastry, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 0HX [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 36544) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Sandwich (2.6 miles), Deal (4.6 miles), Walmer (4.6 miles)

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user reviews of Five Bells, Eastry

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This pub is right at the centre of a Kent village. It seemed a popular place and was hosting a beer festival over the Easter weekend. There are two rooms - a public bar to the left as you enter and a lounge/dining room to the right. At the rear was a courtyard and garden with an outbuilding housing the beer festival. Ales in the bar were Greene King IPA, Wells Bombardier Burning Gold & Wantsum Black Prince. After waiting a few minutes at the bar and being completely ignored, I decided to see what was on as part of the beer festival. They were literally closing the doors and only had Tryst Carronade remaining. Luckily for me, they also had Millwhites Strawberry Cider and I helped them finish the box. Could be a decent pub if they could only manage to at least acknowledge their customers.
blue_scrumpy - 19 Apr 2017 20:31
Hasn't obviously changed since sefpacific's review; still very chatty and beer OK. Will only add that Eastry is a particularly pretty village.
mtaylor40 - 29 Jul 2013 19:17
I think a pub could be classified by how comfortable you feel if you decide to drink alone, or even the opportunity of becoming a regular. I know this sounds odd, but some pubs do not cater for this and its these pubs I score poorly.
The Five Bells was welcoming, with customers chatting with you as you order your drink. They had a residential GK IPA and a Black Sheep (3.10) as their guest, this was a fair pint, not outstanding but better than average. The atmosphere was light and convivial. The kitchen probably doesn't close and they appear to be offering a range of home-made burgers between 6.50 and 6.80 of which proved to be quite tasty. The pub is positioned just back from the main stretch through the village which sees very little thoroughfare. Decor-wise - the pub is split into saloon and private, the private was furnished with the usual burgandy velour seating, patterned carpet, a wrought iron above-bar surround and thin beamed ceiling......
sefpacific - 25 Apr 2011 19:52
Anyone know if Bob Stanford Tuck used this pub when he was alive ?
tap - 1 Jan 2011 14:19
The latest of "Wimbourne's Wailway Wambles" took me from Shepherdswell to Sandwich, following Col. Holman F Stephen's now defunct East Kent Railway. The line passed slightly under a mile to the west of The Five Bells, and the time being approximately 13.00, refreshment was called for.

The Five Bells is a friendly unpretentious two-bar local, with a veritable suntrap of a courtyard outside. The pub is home to the local Ptanque team. The local branch of British Legion also meet at The Five Bells. Food appears to be home-made, and I had a substantial round of cheese &onion sandwiches to accompany my pint(s).

Two ales were on offer on my visit - G.K.'s ghastly "I.P.A.", so I went for the alternative offering from Bateman's. I don't remember the name of the ale, not because of over-imbibing, but because the name of the ale and its pump clip alluded to the Football World Cup competition - something towards which I feel a morbid congenital antipathy.

All in all, a good, solid, village local apparently surviving rather nicely, which, thank my sainted trousers, hasn't been turned into a gastropub. I have visited previously and seen - and drank - cask mild. There's a very good, proper Fish & Chip shop just over the road.

5thearlofwimbourne - 26 Jun 2010 16:09

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