Hawkhurst has over 1,000 years of recorded history and still stands as a traditional English village. The Oak and Ivy is a beautifully maintained 15th Century building and is home to a rich history of its own.
The Oak and Ivy building was once home to an infamous gang of smugglers who partook in dastardly activities across Kent and the Sussex Coast. It is thought that the Hawkhurst smugglers built underground tunnels from the Oak and Ivy to Tubs Lake on Cranbrook road.
We are proud to be the main hub of Kent & East Sussex’s famous Smugglers Trail of which there are a total of 20 locations.
The Hawkhurst gang, known as "Holkhourst Genge", discussed their plans to smuggle tea, brandy, rum and coffee from France and the Channel Islands in the Oak and Ivy. The trail ran from the seaside town of Hastings through to Hawkhurst, and from Rye to Goudhurst.
Come enjoy a drink with us and discover the Oak and Ivy’s fascinating history for yourself. Our team would be happy to tell you the stories that originated in our very own building!
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