We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

The Curlew Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
The Curlew Junction Road, Bodiam TN32 5UY, England
+44 1580 861394
Sun 18:30 - 21:00
Tue - Sun 12:00 - 14:30
Tue - Sat 18:30 - 21:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

655 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 648: English reviews
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited this restaurant previously and found it to be very good. Unfortunately, completely gone down hill from the standard of food, to the service and ambience. I had to ask to slow down or we would have been finished within 45 minutes, which is disappointing at the expense and why is the chef shouting all of the time! It is... More 

Thank Elesha11
Northiam, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Oh dear! Change of chef and obviously no one to take over and maintain what was a very high standard of food and presentation. Gone is the finesse and attention to detail, as is the Greek maitre d

1 Thank WillNorthIAm
east sussex uk
Level Contributor
211 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having praised the food we had when Michael mealey was chief it was with some relief That we enjoyed a very good lunch here last week, chicken terrine , sea bass with crispy skin , pannacotta all very good , so the new chef produced the goods for us ,thanks . In the area this is without doubt the smartest... More 

1 Thank alanEastSussexUk
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here on Saturday night after spending half of our Day down by the castle, and what a perfect little find, as we came through the door we where greeted and sat down by the fire we had a glass of bubbles and some nibbles which where divine, after looking through the menu we decided to go for the... More 

2 Thank alexanderAT119
Level Contributor
15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We haven't been for a while and won't be rushing back. They've lost their Michelin star and it shows. The food was not worth the wait and the atmosphere was lacking. We were sorry to see this decline.

1 Thank Lifexplorer
Halling, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited just before Christmas and felt that things were not the usual high standard that we had come to expect. Despite this disappointing visit we gave The Curlew another chance this weekend. Our meal on Saturday night was lovely and met every expectation that The Curlew has previously given us. The care and attention that went into each of... More 

2 Thank Louise H
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

3 Thank Lee V
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

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 

4 Thank sussexdiner2017
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 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 

4 Thank Carol-Ann S
Tunbridge Wells
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

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 

2 Thank Elizabeth R

Travellers who viewed The Curlew Restaurant also viewed

Bodiam, East Sussex
Biddenden, Kent
Westfield, East Sussex

Been to The Curlew Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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
US$31 - US$50
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Curlew Restaurant and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
4 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from The Curlew Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?