For my 27th birthday, and our first night away from Pollyanna we stayed with The Five Bells in Brabourne.
Before our stay we had visited Five Bells a few times for lunch, normally with Blue as they are very Dog friendly. This time, for our stay it was without both of our babies; Blue and Pollyanna.
It is a typical English Country Side pub, with an extra special personality.
We parked in the car park to the side of the pub after a quick stop at Ashford Outlet of course and made our way in from the drizzling rain to the comfort of the bar.
1 Peroni and 1 prosecco in hand, as we waited in front of the warm log fire for our room to be ready
There is so much to take in around the pub, it is filled with personality and character, blink and you’ll miss something incredible.
From hand written signs, to vintage posters on the walls to the best part – the gin bar;
And if you’re not usually a gin drinker like me (although it is growing on me), they have a great break down of all the gins and what they recommend having each different one with
A drink and a natter about the baby later, our room was ready and waiting. The Inn that has been voted twice as Kent Life pub Of The Year, has four suites available.
We were lucky enough to be staying in Ortega – the one with the incredible copper tub.
And not to forget the beautiful log fire and luxurious furnishings
We put our bags down and chilled in front of the fire, with music playing in the background.
It was our first night away from Pollyanna who was 10 weeks old. I had left her with my mum for the evening and despite not leaving her until 3pm – I missed her already.
Adam done his best to take my mind of it, and having had a few dates nights since, I have eased up a little now when it comes to leaving her or family members taking her for a few hours whilst I work.
With a few hours until dinner, I couldn’t miss out on the chance to take a soak in the bath of dreams
I wore a vintage spotty dress but have found some similar ones here;
The evening was creeping upon us, we snuggled into our robes and got ready for our evening waiting just below us in the bar
We left our cosy room and headed back down to the bar for another drink before being seated at our table
GOOD HONEST FOOD.
Five Bells pride themselves on working with local produce, their menu includes breakfast to amazing pub lunches (did I mention we have been for lunch several times before)
To start we had baked whole camembert, honey and truffle, clementine marmalade and toast along with scotch eggs and a portions of chunky chips.
The service was impeccable with such friendly staff, we slowly went onto mains where for once we both chose the same;
Salt Marsh Beef
8oz ribeye selected from Sussex steer herds, 32 day aged chargrilled field mushrooms, slow roasted tomatoes and chips
It was one of the best steaks I have ever had, topped off with the best peppercorn sauce – even writing about it is making me want to go back and have it again.
Dessert was so good, I only got one photo.
Adam had asked the waitress to bring out my dessert with a sparkling candle, and to my surprise they even sung for me.
Adam went for the cheese board while I went for the Chocolate Nemesis, which after the main course completely defeated me.
Five Bells would be the perfect place to go for date night
Despite not loosening up completely and missing my baby, the whole night was a delight – from start to finish.
We headed back to the room with another drink and settled down for the evening.
With no tv in the room, just a log fire burning, we talked the night away – my favourite type of evenings.
Morning quickly came back around;
It was time to leave our room and check out in the bar below
But not before we had breakfast of course, they wouldn’t let us leave on an empty stomach now would they.
A continental style breakfast is set out for you to choose from but they also have a delicious breakfast menu to choose from…
Which we did of course;
Being down in the bar so early meant we were the only people in, it gave me the chance to take a better look around and get some more snaps of the characteristics of place
The whole concept of Five Bells is amazing. The pub is part of a small collection called the Ramblinns, a small collection of unique country inn freehouses nestled in special places on the edge of Romney Marshes and not far from the sea. Your able to ramble between three of them, taking a picnic along the way which they cater for. If you get tired, not to worry they will come and pick you up and take you back to the inn.
The menus were also a favourite of mine;
To book you stay or dinner at Five Bells, click here.