Hawkhurst is renowned for its connections with the infamous Hawkhurst Gang. Its history is steeped with tales of smugglers, highway men and contraband being passed between notorious gang leaders such as Arthur Gray and Thomas Kingsmill. With such a rich history, albeit slightly shady, Hawkhurst is the perfect location for a real Real Ale House. You will be pleased to know however, that the Hawkhurst Gang no longer frequent our tavern and you will always receive a warm and friendly welcome.
Taking the pub back to its traditional roots, The Smugglers Ale House has been sympathetically decorated with an eclectic array of tavern tables and chairs, oxblood pews and pewter jugs. The walls are adorned with 18th Century portraits, smugglers ditties and pieces of nostalgia transporting you back to a bygone era creating the perfect place to enjoy a tipple and a chat, or maybe a game of darts, snooker or even cribbage.