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Howdy partner!The Wild West meets Chinatown

Fundraisers from St Catherine's Hospice headed to Smith and Western at Tilgate Park to kick start this year's Dragon Boat Festival celebrations.

This year the hospice welcomes you to take a voyage of discovery with three areas packed full of activities and entertainment to enjoy: the Wild West, sponsored by Smith and Western, will feature a Bucking Bronco, panning for gold game with the chance to win prizes and a cowboy bouncy castle; Chinatown will include a chopstick challenge game, Chinese craft workshop and a chance to learn Kung Fu; and Memory Lane will have good old fashioned favourites including hook-a-duck, a coconut shy and a traditional sweets stall. There will also be face painters, a chance to make your own pedal-powered smoothie and a range of catering stalls available, serving British favourites and tantalising Paella.

If that's not enough to keep you amused, you can also watch some fast and furious dragon boat racing , as 30 teams paddle across Tilgate Lake in 40 foot traditional Chinese boats. Teams will race throughout the day with a fast and furious final race at 4pm Come along and give them a cheer!

The Dragon Boat Festival is at Tilgate Park on Sunday 1st September, 10am-4pm. Put the date in your diary and bring your family along to celebrate 30 years of expert hospice care. Entry is FREE but all donations on the day are welcome.

The Dragon Boat Festival is sponsored by CGG, Just Retirement and Jeppesen, a Boeing Company. To stay up to date with details about the event, visit search for St Catherine's Hospice on facebook.


For further information contact Sharon Cadman on 01293 447333 or  

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The sixth restaurant in the Smith & Western group opened in March 2012, set in the beautiful Tilgate Park with views of the stunning lakes, lawns and gardens with miles of woodland and bridleways for long leisurely walks. This restaurant has an impressive barn exterior which sits proudly at the top of the park overlooking the main park. When you walk through the doors you will be impressed with the amazing features inside, including life size wagons, horses and an impressive western town which has it's own a hotel and stable. And remember the sheriff is always around, so be careful as you don't want to get thrown into jail. As always the menu will blow you away with thick juicy steaks, famous BBQ ribs, sizzling fajitas and our classic nachos to mention just a few of our good ole classics. You are sure to have a darn good time, so saddle up real soon and join the stampede to the new and exciting Smith & Western in Tilgate Park, heck you can make a whole day of it!!  



We are proud to announce that the new site at Tilgate Park is due to open in the new year. Our extensive refurbishment work is underway and we were even visited by Councillor Lenny Walker, Cabinet member for Leisure & Culture to see for himself our exisiting new restaurant.

Councillor Lenny Walker, said: "It's great to see work starting on this new venture in Tilgate Park. "This building has lain empty for far too long. I'm delighted that we will soon have a family restaurant in the park. I wish Smith and Western all the best."

Lenny Walker (left) really got into the Smith & Western spirit whilst being shown round the site by Director Troy Cox (right).

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Our intrepid explorer, Jamie Cox, director of Smith & Western recently completed the gruelling trek to the top of Kilimanjaro. Jamie raised in excess of £3,000 in aid of Scope, a charity who works with people suffering from cerebral palsy. Well done Jamie! Donations still being received at


Congratulations to Smith & Western Chichester who won the 'Best Dining Experience' in the area.

They were up against 25 other local restaurants, so it just goes to show that for a great evening out Smith & Western really is the best Hoe Down in town!

Well done to all the staff in Chichester, keep up the good work!

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A mighty Cowboy proposed to his Cowgal in Lingfield last week, it's our first proposal and luckily the Cowgal said yes! Congratulations to you both and how nice that you chose our restaurant for such a mighty fine question! We hope that you visit us again real soon.

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We have all been talking about the snow and icy weather but at least our restaurants looked like real winter picture postcards. The deepest snow fell at our restaurants in Lingfield and Boxhill, it was an incredible 2 foot deep at Boxhill.

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Best Dining Experience

Chichester has been nominated for "The Best Dining Experience" by Spirit FM. Listeners to the radio and everyone who dines in the restaurant have been nominating for the last 4 weeks, the winner will be revealed the second week of December

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Boxhill must surely be our most picturesque restaurant as it is located a short distance from the famous viewpoint. On a foggy morning in November the whole of Dorking was under a cloud while it was a magical site from the viewpoint! Such a lovely place to come and see before heading to Smith & Western to fill ya boots!

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Smith & Western and KMFM radio teamed up together this thanksgiving to give away a fantastic holiday to Chicago, including return flights for 2 people and 7 night's accommodation. The lucky winner was announced on 26th November live on the breakfast show.


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We held our annual Flare Factor competition in Tunbridge Wells this year! Our best cocktails waiters competed against each other to become the champion cocktail Flarer! All of the competitors were class acts and this year's winner was Aaron from Lingfield stealing the Trophy from last year's winner Chichester! Second place was awarded to double act Rhys & Dean from Boxhill and third place went to Courtenay in Chichester. Check out all of the acts on YOUTUBE.

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It was a spooktacular Halloween this year! All our staff go to such an effort with their costumes and decorations, so that the kids have a great time. There are graveyards, witches, coffins and this year there was even a haunted house in Chichester. The ghosts and ghouls were certainly out in force, on such a thriller of a night.

Largest Cowboy Boot in the Wild West!!

Tunbridge Wells is the proud owner of one of the largest cowboy boots in the world, it stands at an impressive 9ft?! The boot was made for a memorial concert for the famous country and western singer Pete Sayers, who sadly died in 2005. Not for want of trying, no English performers have become stars in American country music, but Pete Sayers got closer than most. He was an engaging performer, able to sing serious songs and indulge in comedy banter, as well as being a multi-talented musician. Smith & Western are very honoured to give this wonderful memorial gift a good home in a country and western surrounding fitting of Pete Sayers life.

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The Directors and Management team were invited by Blakes Butchers to a day at Brighton Race Course on 28th September. We proudly sponsored one of the races on the day and Directors Mr & Mrs T Cox proudly presented the trophy to the winner.



Conservation Commendation for Royal Tunbridge Wells restaurant!

Conservation Commendation for Royal Tunbridge Wells restaurant!

Royal Tunbridge Wells has won an esteemed Conservation Commendation award for the restoration and refurbishment of the property, which was formally the West Station. The Mayor, Cllr. Leonard Price will be presenting the award to the Cox family on Thursday 8th April, which has been awarded by the Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society and the local Borough Council.

The Mayor opened the refurbished Clock tower back in December 2009, which was part of the restoration programme of the building and is pictured with the Mayoress at Smith & Western.

Clock Chimes Again

The Mayor, Cllr Leonard Price and Mayoress, Miss Victoria Price of Tunbridge Wells officially re-started the clock at 1pm on 2nd December. Director Troy Cox and the Mayoress are pictured here starting the clock, it was a great ceremony and as the pendulum started to swing the chimes rang out again throughout the town.

Even Cowboy Ken rode into town for the clock ceremony and was introduced to the Mayor!

Ringing the changes at Smith & Western in Tunbridge Wells!

 The clock restoration is almost complete, having taken over 10 months to repair the damaged mechanism to its rightful place within the clock tower of this historical building. The mechanical clock actually dates back to 1877 and was made by Gillett and Bland, the gravity escapement movement was designed by Edmund Dennison, later Lord Grimthorpe who designed the gravity escapement for the Westminster (Big Ben) Clock.  In the 1940’s the mechanism was damaged when a relief manager at the station incorrectly wound it!

Mayor Cllr Leonard Price will be officially re-starting the clock at 1pm on Tuesday 1st December.

Halloween Spooktacular at Smith & Western on Saturday 31st October.

With goody bags for the kids and all the staff dressed in Halloween costumes, the restaurants will be decorated in a Spooktacular fashion!

There will even be ghostly menus and goulish drinks to choose from.

Gold Award – Horsham in Bloom

Smith & Western, Horsham has won the Best Public House category in this year’s Horsham in Bloom, which is an independent group supported by local businesses, organisations, residents, volunteer groups and Horsham District Council.

Smith & western has taken part every year since 1996 and director Jamie Cox (2nd from right) was thrilled to pick up the first place Gold Award in this category.

Their floral display looked amazing, well done to all the staff involved in its upkeep!

Chichester's Stoolball Stampede!

The Chichester stoolball team ‘The Cowboys’, played in their first local tournament last week against Amberley District Council and Inspire Leisure. This was their first competition and they kept their nerve played, damn well and only went and god darn won it!

Due to their success they will now be entering the local league and taking part in regular competitions in an event to keep their hands on their beloved 1St Place Cup.

Well done Cowboys!

Fifth Restaurant Opens in Royal Tunbridge Wells

This new venue is the fifth of the Smith & Western chain of family-run restaurants founded by brothers Troy and Jamie Cox and their sister Shellie. Established in 1995 when their first restaurant opened in Horsham, West Sussex, followed by Chichester, Boxhill and Lingfield over the last 14 years. The emphasis of the groupis to provide good quality food atreasonable prices in a fun environment where all the family can be relaxed andhave a good ole time!

With an investment of £1.3m to transform the property you will be amazed with the detail this family have put into this restaurant, especially having transformed the first floor into a hotel, offering 9 Ranch rooms. Like the 200 seater restaurant the American theme continues through the hotel, bedrooms are named after South American tribes like, Sioux, Cree or Arapaho to name a few.

The Smith & Western Christmas menu, coming soon

Smith & Western is the perfect place to come for a toe tapping Christmas Hoe Down, we can cater for small and large parties throughout all our restaurants! If you want to be the first to receive our Festive menu contact us.

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