The Jackdaw is one of our three family-run pubs in the area, the others being The Duke of Cumberland in Barham and, as of 1st May, The Gatekeeper, (formerly known as The New Inn), in Etchinghill. The Jackdaw was originally called The Red Lion changing its name in 1964 as the then owners, Whitbread, felt that there were too many pubs in the area by the same name. The new name was derived from ‘The Jackdaw of Rheims’, the work of Sir Thomas Ingoldsby, a one time local resident.
The inn gained much notoriety when it featured in the 1969 MGM film, ‘The Battle of Britain’, and there are scenes, staring Susannah York and Christopher Plummer, which were shot in the public bar area and outside.
Whilst preserving the old world charm of a country inn at the front the Jackdaw has extensive, contemporary dining areas behind, as well as a beautiful yet secluded beer garden at the back. The Spitfire room is of particular interest being home to a wealth of WWII RAF memorabilia and is ideal for small parties of up to twelve looking for something a little bit special.
A popular stopping off point with tourists this inn enjoys brisk trade and so booking tables in advance is always recommended.
Monday - Thursday 11:00 - 23:00
Friday - Saturday 11:00 - 24:00
Sunday 11:00 - 22:30
Food served all day between 12:00 and 20:45
The Jackdaw is officially licensed to hold wedding ceremonies. Please see our functions section for more information.
Next one is 01/12/15 at our sister pub, The Duke of Cumberland.