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The Curlew Restaurant

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The Curlew Junction Road, Bodiam TN32 5UY, England
+44 1580 861394
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 21:30
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Sun 18:30 - 21:00
Tue - Sun 12:00 - 14:30
Tue - Sat 18:30 - 21:30
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After being disappointed by most of the restaurants we've tried in Eastbourne and the surrounding area, a visit to The Curlew in Bodiam restored our faith in there being at least one restaurant worth visiting when in need of a special place to dine. The restaurant is elegant, whilst being quite casual, and the food is simply divine and very... More 

1 Thank Lee V
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined at The Curlew with friends on Saturday evening and despite being the first weekend of the year, the restaurant was surprisingly busy. We were met with a warm welcome and invited to take drinks in the cosy reception while we looked at the menu. After making our choices and some time to catch up with our friends, we... More 

3 Thank sussexdiner2017
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What's happened to The Curlew? From being our favourite restaurant with consistently excellent meals, it seems to have gone down rather quickly. I feel quite bereft. Timings all wrong. My food was cold. My husbands plate of beef looked like a starter portion and our guests pork belly was particularly fatty with very little meat. Even the usual delicious petit... More 

2 Thank Carol-Ann S
Tunbridge Wells
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband booked for a New Year's Eve meal with friends here. The advertisement all sounded very nice: a 5 course taster menu. They requested a 50 % deposit when booking on a set meal costingt £316 for 4 people. We risked life and limb in the fog getting to the restaurant, to be met and greeted with very little... More 

1 Thank Elizabeth R
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Six of us ate here last night and had a superb evening with good prompt service from helpful and friendly staff. The food, I have to say, fell just a little short of what I was expecting. As is often the case I found the starters were the star of the show, we all enjoyed them very much. My son... More 

Thank Francis M
London, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I agree with a couple of the recent comments. Somehow, the Curlew has lost it. At these prices one expects more than merely average. It used to be outstanding. Now it is bland.

1 Thank oswaldmoncini
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Slightly lacking in atmosphere, especially so near Christmas. Food very good, though slightly cold. Lack of vegetables Music drove us mad, same Michael Buble song 5 times in 2 hours!!!

2 Thank Jackie L
Uckfield, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Curlew has been fantastic over the last few years. We have made many visits and thoroughly enjoyed some great meals. It was with sadness we left this week after a very poor lunch. A new chef has started recently and we could not compare the food to past visits. Starters were either huge or minuscule , and flavours lacking.... More 

2 Thank Collinpi
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Cheese menu with choice of nine cheeses. Would you like three or five sir? Nine please. Delivered!! Great choice of local produce and local wine.

2 Thank StuartG3
Oxted, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

We had pre-booked and we went on a very quiet Tuesday in late November, frosty sunny day. The Curlew looked its best, and we were shown into the bar where we had one Bellini (I was driving) and some tasty canapes to go with it. My only quibbles there? Well, the a la carte menu appeared hot from the printer,... More 

2 Thank Redgwing

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 49
European, British
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
18:30 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
18:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Curlew Junction Road, Bodiam TN32 5UY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Bodiam
  • Phone Number: +44 1580 861394
In a previous life, The Curlew Restaurant at Bodiam,
East Sussex was a Coaching Inn where travellers rested their weary, moustachioed heads and warmed their spirits while on rain-sodden route from Hastings to London.

But now, Mark and Sara Colley have given The Curlew another life.

Just an errant arrow flight from Hastings, stone skim from Bodiam Castle, mince from Brighton, manicured lawn from Tunbridge Wells, The Curlew is a place where formal food meets informal dining, where the city and country brush shoulders, style meets stile.

Modern British dining for the Modern British diner.

The Curlew has held a Michelin Star since 2011.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?