With commanding views across the Kent countryside this 14th century inn stands high above the pretty village of Goudhurst. It's an attractive building with black and white timbered gables, heavy beams and a wealth of wonky woodwork, the sort you'd expect from an old inn. The bar and dining rooms are smart and comfortable and there are 10 individually styled bedrooms, some with four poster beds. Food is generally of good quality with a wide selection to suit all appetites, including a bar menu of filled baguettes. The beers are well kept with at least one local brew available. The welcome is warm and the service friendly and efficient. Parking on the forecourt can be tricky, but more spaces are available at the rear of the inn.
The Star and Eagle is on the Hawkhurst Gang Smugglers Trail, a series of locations (mostly pubs) where this notorious gang met and presumably sold their contraband. In the early 18th century much of the local industry such as iron smelting and wool production had moved to the north of England, leaving the Wealden area with high unemployment. The poor were happy to assist in the smuggling network and the rural population eager to buy 'duty free' brandy, tea and tobacco. Follow the link on www.visithawkhurst.org.uk and our Hawkhurst Gang Pubs page.
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