South East Sussex

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

LocAle Pubs

  • Alfriston
    • Olde Smugglers Inn Waterloo Square Alfriston BN26 5UE Telephone(01323) 870241

      Nestled in the South Downs this historic, friendly, cosy village pub was built in 1358 and still holds its character today with its impressive, dominating inglenook fireplace, oak beams and brick floor in the main bar area. It is Grade II listed, a series of small rooms at various levels lead through to a conservatory, a large sun trap patio and tranquil walled garden with picnic tables. Good quality pub food is offered, often locally sourced, accommodation is also available. Several Sussex traditional themed nights are held throughout the year, Toad in the Hole is played, an old Sussex game. In its day it is said to have had six staircases, twenty one rooms, forty eight doors and numerous corridors and hiding places and was known to have been the meeting place for smuggling gangs. It is unusual in that it bears two names, the Market Cross, which can be seen on the swing sign, as well as Ye Olde Smugglers Inn. The pub was a finalist in the local CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year competition in 2019 and was awarded Country Pub of the Year; the presentation picture shows the award.

  • Battle
    • Battle Brewery Bar Battle TN33 0HN Telephone(01424) 772838

      The brewery is located in lovely countryside off the North Trade Road down a three quarter mile track. Since the opening of the Battle Tap in Battle High Street, see separarte WhatPub entry, the brewery premises no longer accommodate the brewery tap with regular opening hours, although it is used for special events.

    • Battle Tap 52 High St Battle TN33 0EN Telephone(01424) 772838

      Situated in the heart of Battle's shopping area, this pub was converted from an off licence with the acquisition of the next door premises. Up to four cask ales from Battle Brewery are served, there is some seating in the bar area which has the feel of a micropub, a gap in the wall leads to another room, also fronting onto the High Street, with a more spacious set up with chairs around low tables. Off sales are available, cask ales from Battle Brewery are sold for tastings and filling containers, as well as Cask Beer in a Box, 5 litre and 10 litre sizes being available.

    • Squirrel North Trade Road Battle TN33 9LJ Telephone(01424) 772717

      An eighteenth century family run traditional free house to the west of Battle, with its famous abbey, and in the heart of 1066 country There are four handpumps over two bars dispensing only Sussex beers. Menus change frequently, reflecting seasonal availability of local produce. All meat is free range, with fish sourced from the nearby Hastings day boats. It has been extensively refurbished in an attractive and interesting way, the bar and restaurant areas offer ample seating while outside the large garden has plenty of tables and a children’s play area. There are four handpumps, one dedicated to Harveys Bitter, another one to the neighbouring Battle Brewery's beers, the other two offering a changing selection from Sussex breweries, often the most local.

  • Bexhill on Sea
    • Albatross Club (RAFA) 15 Marina Arcade Bexhill on Sea TN40 1JS Telephone(01424) 212916

      A most welcoming and friendly RAFA club, it consistently wins CAMRA local and regional awards, being the local CAMRA branch club of the year for ten consecutive years. This culminated in 2016 in winning the National Club of the Year competition and being a finalist in 2017 and 2018. It always serves at least one local ale, often from such as Three Legs, Gun or Rother Valley. This is complemented by nationally sourced ales. There is always at least one dark beer; altogether there are five handpumps. The comprehensive range of upcoming beers is listed on a blackboard behind the bar. The club holds regular beer festivals in June and September in its large function room and many social events such as jazz nights, quizzes, folk evenings and meat raffles, notably on Fridays. It is very popular among its members and CAMRA members are always welcome. The club boasts an interesting collection of RAF memorabilia. The pictures of presentations show members with Club Head Steward Karen outside with the national trophy for 2016 and presentations of further local awards for the years 2016 to 2019.

    • Traffers Bar 19 Egerton Road Bexhill on Sea TN39 3HJ Telephone(01424) 210240

      Small but comfortable bar just off the seafront near the De la Warr Pavilion. Extensive menu of snacks and meals with roasts on Sundays. Tables outside at the front catch the morning sun. Three handpumps offer real ales from Sussex or Kent.


      • Branch LocAle Pub of the Year 2022
  • Boreham Street
    • Bull's Head The Strait Boreham Street BN27 4SG Telephone(01323) 831981

      This 18th century pub was the first ever Harveys tied house. Welcoming with its comfortable wooden furniture, floors and panelled walls, the beer range includes house beer Bull's Head Bitter, Harveys Best and two seasonal Harveys ales. A wide selection of home cooked meals at lunch and dinner sessions are offered, Sunday roasts are particularly popular as are its wide selection of pies. It has its own campsite complete with shower and toilet, with the availability of a shepherd's hut. To the rear are garden seating and a large car park. The pub hosts many local events including the Sussex Chopper club in July. The presentation picture shows the local CAMRA Branch awarding a certificate to mark the pub appearing in the Good Beer Guide for the tenth consecutive year in 2019.

  • Brede
    • Three Legs Brewery Bar 1 Burnt House Farm, Udimore Road Brede TN31 6BX Telephone07939 997622

      This brewery tap is on premises of the Three Legs Brewery in a small industrial unit on a farm, the bar always offers four ales on hand pumps and often additional ones from the cask. A selection of good quality snacks is offeered, such as cheeses, cured meats and pickles. Seating is available inside and in the warmer weather outside too. Parking is next to the brewery, but like the bar it gets busy in the evening.

  • Crowhurst
    • Plough Inn 1 Plough Lane Crowhurst TN33 9AW Telephone(01424) 830310

      A friendly rural village local freehouse wiith splendid views over the Sussex Weald. It dates from c.1805, has two real fires and gves a warm welcome to walkers. The owners took over in March 2016 and have renovated the pub, introduceing a regularly changing menu and have done a fine job in turning this pub around. There is always a LocAle on in good condition, up to five ales are offered and excellent locally sourced food is served, The pub hosts the local golf and cricket clubs and has a regular beer festival on the second weekend in August.

  • East Dean
    • Tiger Inn The Green East Dean BN20 0DA Telephone(01323) 423209

      With a history streching back to the fifteenth century, this idyllic country pub sits on the edge of East Dean village green. Ducking into the main entrance brings you into the cosy central bar area, full of charm and character with wooden beamed ceiling, stone floor and log fire. There are dining rooms to the left and right, with the latter being wheelchair accessible from the side entrance and from which the toilets are also accessible. The pub is traditionally decorated and has stone floors and beamed ceilings adding to the atmosphere. Good quality, locally sourced food is available. Outside seating is found to the front and side. On Monday mornings it is open from 8 to 10:30 for non alcoholic drinks, as the mearby café is not open then. The local CAMRA Branch voted it Branch Country Pub of the Year from 2017 to 2019; the presentation pictures show the 2018 and 2019 awards.

  • Eastbourne
    • Bibendum 1 Grange Road Eastbourne BN21 4EU Telephone(01323) 735363

      Located in the Little Chelsea area, close to the town centre, this is a comfortable modern pub in a Victorian building which has been converted into one large room with an opening into a separate restaurant. An upstairs function room seats up to 110 for a seated meal or 150 for a buffet style event. It came under new management in Spring 2018 and now places an emphasis on sourcing food, real ale and other drinks like coffee locally. There is a comprehensive menu; food is served all day in the bar as well as in the restaurant. Displayed pump clips show a wide variety of guest beers which have been served over time.

    • Crown 22 Crown Street Eastbourne BN21 1PB Telephone(01323) 724654

      Local CAMRA Branch's current Community Pub of the Year following other branch awards, this is a friendly traditional local pub with separate public and saloon bars, both with log fires. Competitions are offered every Sunday lunchtime followed by a meat raffle. Popular monthly themed quiz nights include complimentary hot buffets and there is occasional live music. Beer festivals are held three times a year, often consulting the local CAMRA branch regarding beer choice. A large enclosed rear garden has children’s play equipment and regular summer BBQs. Bus services are available nearby in both Church Street and Willingdon Road. The presentation picture above is of the 2017 award.

    • Dolphin 14 South Street Eastbourne BN21 4XF Telephone(01323) 746622

      In the Little Chelsea area, this popular Brakspear town centre pub has five ales on offer, one Brakspear and guests usually from Sussex. It attracts drinkers of all ages with its friendly atmosphere. The front bar features an open fire, there is a smaller bar to the rear plus a larger room mainly used by diners, with outside patio area. Good quality food is available, Beer Club meetings are held monthly and quiz night is Wednesday.

    • Eagle 57 South Street Eastbourne BN21 4UT Telephone(01323) 417799

      This well-kept corner hostelry is located in the Little Chelsea area of town, a short walk from town centre and nearby rail and bus services. A variety of ales, both local and national, are available. Also while the cider on offer is Weston's Old Rosie, not real cider according to CAMRAs new definitions, occasionally a guest cider may be 'real'. The discounted price applies only to pints, meaning that halves are proportionally more expensive, however two halves of different beers may be bought for the price of a pint, please ask. Good value food is available daily, lunchtimes and evenings, with an excellent range of home cooked pies and an American Diner inspired menu. There are a pool table and dartboard and a number of sporting events TVs; but when there is no sport on it is a locals’ local. It is a well retored decorated pub, once of Kemptown Brewery, with a dining area, bar, and games room and a small roof terrace. The presentation picture from 2019 shows the local CAMRA Branch awarding a certficate marking the pub appearing for ten consecutive in the Good Beer Guide.

    • Hurst Arms 76 Willingdon Road Eastbourne BN21 1TW Telephone(01323) 419440

      This classic Victorian pub, unusual in the area for not doing food, is in the heart of Ocklynge about a mile from the town centre and close to the Old Town. Two bars, one a classic public with pool table, darts and juke box, the other a comfortable quieter lounge. Three beers from Harveys are usually on plus two of their seasonals. Check the pub’s website for its many events, live music fortnightly. While smokers must use the heated area outside, e-cig vapers can stay inside. The pub was runner up in the local CAMRA Branch's Pub of the Year competition in 2019; picture shows the pub's proprietors accepting the award from the branch chair during Covid restrictions. It was Branch LocAle Pub of the Year in 2020 and Pub of the Year 2022 runner up.

    • Lamb Inn 36 High Street Eastbourne BN21 1HH Telephone(01323) 720545

      This Harvey’s tied house is one of the oldest houses of entertainment in the country dating from 1240, the cellars from 1180. Cellar tours can be arranged to view the crypt. The interior has a wealth of period features served by two traditional bars. Food is served, including vegetarian and vegan dishes using organic products. Beer battered fish and chips is a speciality. An upstairs function room regularly offers live music, theatrical productions and comedy nights and is available for hire with its own bar.

    • London & County 46 Terminus Road Eastbourne BN21 3LX Telephone(01323) 746310

      A Wetherspoon's Lloyds No 1 Bar in the town centre close to the railway station and bus stops. The large ground floor bar has dining areas and muted news screens, a smaller upstairs bar is also used for functions and there is outside seating. Seven handpumps feature regular, guest and local ales. The pub runs 'Suggest a Guest', customers may recommend or request real ale to be ordered. It also always participates in Wethersppon's twice a year beer festivals, making the most of the more varied beer choice available at those times. 'Meet the Brewer' sessions as part of Tap Takeovers are held, the picture shows a Hurst Brewery event at the pub in March 2022. Good value food is served all day, table service is available via the Wetherspoon's App. The pub is on the Real Ale Finder App. Music is played each evening with a DJ at weekends when a smart casual dress code applies. The pub occupies the building of the former London & County Bank, later part of NatWest.

    • Pilot Inn 89 Meads Street Eastbourne BN20 7RW Telephone(01323) 723440

      Located by Downs and seafront, this Victorian building has been knocked through into one large bar with a partitioned restaurant area. There is a varied menu supplemented by specials, food is locally sourced where possible and home cooked.

    • Ship Inn 33-35 Meads Street Eastbourne BN20 7RH Telephone(01323) 733815

      This large welcoming pub offers a relaxed atmosphere for visitors to enjoy local beer and excellent food. Its regular beers, imcluding one from Long Man, are from local breweries plus a guest beer from further away. The bar has arm chairs, two dining areas and a large decked garden. The pub is within easy reach of local shops, the beach and the South Downs.

    • Victoria Hotel 27 Latimer Road Eastbourne BN22 7BU Telephone(01323) 722673

      Located close to the seafront and Redoubt Fortress, this friendly family-run local has a large front bar, with TVs for major sport and a classic curved Victorian London style bar. Victorian portraits and other Victoriana also feature. The rear bar has Toad in the Hole, pool table and dartboard. A small rear garden, with seating, is available for functions and barbeques. On offer are all Harvey's seasonal beers, also Old Rosie cider, although this is not real cider according to CAMRA's definition.

  • Ewhurst Green
    • White Dog Inn Village Street Ewhurst Green TN32 5TD Telephone(01580) 830264

      A spacious, beamed free house with an emphasis on good quality food locally sourced whenever possible. Has large restaurant area but still retains the atmosphere of a traditional English rural pub. Four ales are offered, the house beer is brewed by nearby Rother Valley, guests are usually from local breweries. Popular with both locals and tourists, the large garden offers camping facilities and impressive views of Bodiam Castle and the river valley. The station at Bodiam is the terminus of a heritage line.

  • Hailsham
    • George Hotel 3 George Street Hailsham BN27 1AD Telephone(01323) 445120

      A town centre Wetherspoon's, comprising a spacious L-shaped bar with a small raised alcove, with an enclosed beer garden to the rear, and other outside seating areas. Situated opposite the Hailsham Pavilion, a classic Edwardian auditorium, The George has a range of very reasonably priced ales, with at least one LocAle. Occasional 'Tap takeovers' from a single brewery take place. Up to eight ciders/perry are stocked, served from a dedicated cool room for optimum temperature. However, four of those currently offered no longer meet CAMRAs latest definitions of real cider. (i.e. Black Dragon, Moonshine, Whisky Cask and Old Rosie). The pub has been local CAMRA Branch Cider Pub of the Year in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The presentation pictures show the three awards being made, featuring successive pub managers, the local branch chair, vice chair and cider co-ordinator.

    • Grenadier 67 High Street Hailsham BN27 1AS Telephone(01323) 842152

      A traditional, friendly, town centre community pub at the northern end of the High Street. With two bars: a long public and a quieter saloon, plus garden and outdoor, partly covered, smoking area. Lunchtime food available, except on Sundays, the pub has darts and shove halfpenny teams and quiz nights. The landlord and his team have been here since 1999.

    • King's Head 146 South Road Hailsham BN27 3NJ Telephone(01323) 440447

      Expect a warm welcome at this traditional community local which has been a tied Harvey’s house since 1841, the building dates from 1700. Inside there are a quiet snug and two separate bars featuring exposed beams and a log fire; outside the large garden has a covered seated smoking area. A variety of traditional pub games and board games are available and live music events take place throughout the year, including the monthly Open Mic Nights. Homemade food is served on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Hastings
    • Albion 33 George Street Hastings TN34 3EA Telephone(01424) 439156

      Formerly the Royal Albion and first licensed for drinks in 1730 this spacious former hotel has been tastefully refurbished with many improvements including a stage for live music, beautifully designed bar tops and stylish furniture. There is a smaller bar which can be shut off as a small function room and a separate larger bar. It has kept its traditional ambience as a Wiiliam Youngers house complete with tartan panels. It has six hand pumps and the food menu is continually changing. Up to four changing real ciders from Sussex and Kent are served from boxes in the 'Marine Parade' bar. The pub fronts onto two streets, it can only be entered from George Street despite its postal address, the first picture (above) is taken from Marine Parade, the second from George Street.

    • Crown 64-66 All Saints Street Hastings TN34 3BN Telephone(01424) 465100

      The pub was been tastefully refurbished by local craftsmen in 2014 with subdued paintwork, wooden floor and hand-made tables and chairs creating a relaxed atmosphere. The four real ales are from Kent and Sussex breweries and the produce for the regularly changing menu is locally sourced. A real cider is available served from a box on the bar. It is a relatively small building and its popularity means that space is often at a premium at peak times, the pub can get very busy weekend evenings and during Old Town events. At the front is a small outdoor seating area. On Sundays the premises open at 11am, but alcohol is not served until midday. Although Ore station is nearer (1150m), it is a more difficult hilly walk and has a lesser service.

    • Dolphin 11-12 Rock-A-Nore Road Hastings TN34 3DW Telephone(01424) 434326

      An Eighteenth Century traditional pub in Hastings Old Town. It is family run and has very long links to the local fishing community, witness the memorabilia and old photographs that adorn the walls. There is a large veranda, overlooking the famous fishermans' huts and both food and drink can be enjoyed there while watching the various fishing activities. Fish is sourced from the Hastings fishermen and delivered to the pub kitchen, straight from the beach or market. Voted the local CAMRA Branch Community Pub of the Year for 2018 and 2019 and presented with a certificate to mark ten consecutive years appearing in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide; the presentation pictures above show these awards being made. Although Ore railway station is slightly closer, Hastings station has a better train service and other public transport links and is a level walk, as opposed to a hilly walk to and from Ore.

    • First In Last Out 14-15 High Street Hastings TN34 3EY Telephone(01424) 425079

      Dating back to the 1500s, this building has been an inn since 1896. Birthplace of the FILO brewery, which is now located a few hundred metres away this pub has a large single bar dominated by a central open fire and a restaurant to the rear of the building. Located in the heart of Hastings Old Town it is popular with locals. Six cask beers, including four from the FILO range are available. The two guests are regionally sourced. Monday night is Tapas night and Thursday is Thali night. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as Sundays once a month, live music features. The council car park located to the rear (on the Bourne) is accessible through a side pedestrian alleyway. In 2013 it received a certificate from the local CAMRA branch marking ten consecutive years appearing in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide.

    • Imperial 119 Queens Road Hastings TN34 1RL

      A new freehouse that opened in September 2016. The home of the Brewing Brothers brewery, with a 2.5 barrel capacity brewery that offers a range of unfined brother-themed ales delivered from 3 hand-pumps fabricated from plumbing accessories. There are also ten keg taps dispensing eight ales and two ciders. There is a wood-fired oven with a choice of eight different pizzas available all sessions.

    • Jenny Lind 69 High Street Hastings TN34 3EW Telephone(01424) 421392

      Located in the heart of Hastings Old Town, ten handpumps with local and countrywide beers and ciders gives this pub one of the best real ale and cider selections in the area. Up to six changing real ciders including those served from boxes behind the bar, though there is a 25p premium on half pints. There is loud live music at weekends and the RX Shantymen sing every Thursday. The pub operates a loyalty scheme from October until the end of March. The front bar is long and roomy whilst a smaller back bar is warmer and more intimate with a real fire. There is also an upstairs function room hosting a range of events from blues to slot car racing. There is a terraced garden behind the pub which is delightful in warm weather.

    • White Rock Hotel White Rock Hastings TN34 1JU Telephone(01424) 422240

      Adjacent to the White Rock Theatre and opposite the award-winning pier, this friendly hotel welcoming non residents has a spacious contemporary bar, with ample seating, a superb seafront terrace and a new downstairs bar open on Fridays and Saturdays. Three or four beers are offered, from various Sussex breweries, some of which are usually dark; beer is served from 10:00. Freshly prepared hot and cold food is available until 22:00. The guest rooms are en-suite, many with fantastic sea views and some on the first floor, have 'Juliet' style balconies. Its policy of offering only Sussex beers to a high standard has not surprisngly led the local CAMRA Branch to award it LocAle Pub of the Year on several occasions, including in 2018 and 2019; the photographs above show the respective presentations. In 2016 the Hotel had a further CAMRA award as it celebrated ten consecutive years in the Good Beer Guide.

  • Icklesham
    • Queen's Head Parsonage Lane Icklesham TN36 4BL Telephone(01424) 814552

      Built in 1632 as two dwellings, the Queen’s Head has been a pub since 1831. It has open fires and a beer garden with fantastic views over the Brede Valley. Three changing ales and two ciders supplement three regular beers. Excellent, good-value home-made food is served daily. There are live music on Sunday afternoons and regular quizzes on Wednesdays (ring for dates). Occasional mini-beer festivals with live music over bank holiday weekends. The above pictured presentation was made in September 2014 by the local CAMRA Branch to mark the pub appearing in the Good Beer Guide for thirty consecutive years.

  • Jevington
    • Eight Bells High Street Jevington BN26 5QB Telephone(01323) 484442

      This picturesque village pub is sat just on the South Downs Way and is therefore very popular with walkers, likewise with locals and tourists. The inside is traditionally decorated and very cosy with a real fire. There is a large well kept garden with fantastic views of the surrounding coutryside. The pub often holds live music events and there is also a separate function room for hire. Traditional pub food is offered, with some good vegetarian options available. There are smugglers' tunnels under the building.

  • Litlington
    • Plough & Harrow The Street Litlington BN26 5RE Telephone(01323) 870632

      A traditional English village local, dating back to the 17th Century. The original part of the building, now a cosy snug, has been extended over the years to include a bar area and family room/restaurant. Four of the six available hand pumps usually serve beer from the (very) local Long Man brewery, with the other two often used for a guest ale or cider, often local too. Good quality food is servered daily. Nestled in the South Downs, the pub makes an excellent stop for walkers.

  • Milton Street
    • Sussex Ox Milton Street BN26 5RL Telephone(01323) 870840

      This traditionally decorated popular pub nestling above the Cuckmere Valley between the picturesque villages of Alfriston and Wilmington has stunning views over the South Downs from its large rear garden and is popular with walkers. The separate bar and spacious restaurant cater for all. Three ales are served, two LocAle plus a local real Cider on handpump, alongside an array of local keg beers and English lager. Grand Finalist for Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2016 and 2017, good quality contemporary styled food is served with many ingredients coming from the pub’s owners’ adjacent organic farm; the menu changes daily.

  • Pett
    • Royal Oak Pett Road Pett TN35 4HG Telephone(01424) 812515

      The Royal Oak is a quintessential village inn, an attractive Grade II listed building believed to date back to the 18th Century. The freehouse reopened in 2021 under the new management of two local brothers. The pub serves up to four real ales and excellent food, both often locally sourced. The Oak is popular with locals and visitors alike. Events include quizzes and occasional live music. Warmed by two open fires, the pub has real character with friendly staff and is very welcoming. In addition to the bar area there is a separate dining area. There is an extensive garden area for outdoor eating and drinking. Meals are served Wednesday to Sunday with accommodation available too. One picture shows landlord Robin with his collection of 150 different pump clips which have graced the pump handles at the Royal Oak during his first year. They are from more than 40 breweries demonstrating Robin and his team's passion for real ale. As well as these continuously changing ales, Harvey's Best is served.

  • Polegate
    • Dinkum 54 High Street Polegate BN26 6AG Telephone(01323) 482106

      A community based, welcoming local, dating from the 1830s, there are two bars. The name harks back to wartime as Australian soldiers billeted nearby described the pub. It has a loyal core of locals many of whom gather for important sports events shown in one of the two bars. There is plenty of couch seating around tables; patrons often organise card games taking advantage of this layout. It is a Harvey’s tied house serving three ales from that brewery. Apart from typical snacks, pizzas and warm flat bread are on offer throughout opening hours. Cider on sale is Westons Rosie's Pig, not real cider according to CAMRA's definition.

  • Robertsbridge
    • George Inn High Street Robertsbridge TN32 5AW Telephone(01580) 880315

      The George is an imposing red tiled fronted building that faces down towards the centre of the village. There is a good sized comfortable bar with a dining area to the left. This is an 18th-century coaching inn where you will always find a warm welcome, though sadly Stanley the basset hound is no longer with us. The bar has a warming inglenook fireplace along with views down across the High Street and of the distinctive War Memorial clock tower, erected in 1926, that commemorates those who lost their lives in the two World Wars of the 20th century. In earlier years Hillaire Belloc was a frequent visitor, and wrote the early chapters of ‘Four Men’ here. The book begins ‘Nine years ago, as I was sitting in the George at Robertsbridge, drinking that port of theirs and staring at the fire ……’ Should you wish to read more, Tony at the Ostrich has a copy of the first edition. The food is home-cooked, seasonal and sourced locally where possible. There is live music in the bar on the last Sunday of the month..

  • Rye
    • Standard Inn The Mint Rye TN31 7EN Telephone(01797) 225231

      Reopened in November 2014 by the present owner, the interior has been stripped back to the beautifully carved beams and brickwork of the original building. Dating from the fifteenth century, this well stablished inn is well positioned in a narrow street that meanders from the town centre to the riverside area. It has a front bar partitioned by a rustic wooden screen and a separate back room, the former with quarry tiles, the latter a wooden floor. A rear courtyard is a suntrap in summer months. The menu includes pub standards with some interesting variations, locally sourced where possible. Four cask ales are on offer including house beer ‘Standard Farmer Ale’, a beer from Old Dairy Brewery unique to this pub, the others are from Three Legs which is also local. Local CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year in 2018, the award is shown in the presentation picture above.

    • Waterworks Tower Street Rye TN31 7AT Telephone(01797) 224110

      Housed in a building dating from 1718, this was originally the town’s waterworks, later a soup kitchen, a public toilet, an antique shop and from May 2018, the area’s first micropub. At the time of the carefully managed conversion, the bases for two soup containers were discovered and remain uncovered to view, these date from 1907. Its earlier use as the town's water pumping station is thought to involve a wheel powered by two horses. Eight beers are sourced from a variety of breweries, all within 30 miles of Rye, ciders are similarly local. Home made pork pies and Scotch eggs are available. The pub is on Instagram at In 2019 the pub was judged Cider/Perry Pub of the Year runner up by the local CAMRA Branch, the presentation picture shows the triumphant landlord with his certificate. In 2020/21 it was local CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year.

    • Ypres Castle Inn Gun Garden Rye TN31 7HH Telephone(01797) 223248

      Important! This is a cashless pub, only card payments and the like are accepted.

      An attractive weather-boarded pub built in 1640 with fantastic views across Romney Marsh, the outside drinking areas include part of the top of the town ramparts. An atmospheric location particularly at night, it is accessible from the steps adjacent to the ramparts of the Ypres Tower. Known locally as 'The Wipers' there is one large bar with an open log fire and an adjoining room plus a large garden with 25 tables. The house beer from Rother Valley Brewery is Ypres Castle Bitter with ABV 3.8%. The keg taps are devoted to keykeg and other craft ales, Bedlam Pilsner from Plumpton Green, East Sussex and Rothaus Pils from Germany. Quality bar snacks are offered but the pub no longer operates a kitchen. Real cider and perry is from Nightingale Cider Company, a few miles away in Tenterden, over the Kent border. The pub has an annual short closure in January.

  • Salehurst
    • Salehurst Halt Church Lane Salehurst TN32 5PH Telephone(01580) 880620

      A popular, dog friendly pub in the heart of the village with excellent views over the hop fields of the Rother Valley which can be seen from the beautiful garden. You can usually find a beer from a local microbrewery and a local cider, as well as good locally sourced food. There is a standard menu of pub favourites and specials and from 18:30 and on summer Wednesday evenings pizza is freshly baked in the wood-fired oven in the garden. There is live music every second Sunday of the month. In 2016 it received a certificate from the local CAMRA branch marking ten consecutive years appearing in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide.

  • Sedlescombe
    • Queen's Head The Green Sedlescombe TN33 0QA Telephone(01424) 870228

      Fourteenth century timber framed building, named after a visit by Elizabeth I. There are plenty of beams in this large fine old building and three open fireplaces make it very cosy in winter. The food is good and it has a large garden. The two guest beers are from local breweries such as Franklins, Old dairy, etc..

  • St. Leonards on Sea
    • Horse & Groom 4 Mercatoria St. Leonards on Sea TN38 0EB Telephone(01424) 420612

      A pleasant back street free house, well worth finding at the heart of old St Leonards. The outside gives no clue to the unusual horseshoe-shaped bar, with a separate, narrow, quieter room at the rear. Food is not served in the pub, but there is an adjoining restaurant open Tuesday to Saturday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes. There is a minimum of two changing beers, but usually three are available. A quiet, atmospheric, dog friendly pub where you can enjoy good conversation.

    • St Leonard 16-18 London Road St. Leonards on Sea TN37 6AN Telephone(01424) 272332

      Tastefully refurbished, this pub attracts a mixed crowd of discerning drinkers. There are three ever-changing beers, often from local breweries, an excellent wine list and quality bar snacks using local ingredients where possible. There is a raised bar area, plenty of tables and chairs and a warm welcome to all making this re-opened pub well worth visiting. Do note the reduced opening times.

    • Welcome 56 Seddlescombe Road North St. Leonards on Sea TN37 7DA Telephone(01424) 233334

      The pub has a single large bar, off road parking and an enclosed garden. When it came under new management in summer 2017, it was refurbished and was renamed. It has a bright and comfortable interior and the pub lives up to its name with welcoming staff. All the real ales are from Sussex. There is a varied and appertising menu and the pub opens for breakfast on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am to 12 noon.

  • Westfield
    • New Inn Main Road Westfield TN35 4QE Telephone(01424) 752800

      This village pub reopened in 2015, following a complete renovation, giving it a modern look and feel. It serves four real ales, normally including New Inn House Brew, and Rother Valley beers and others from regional and national breweries. The pub has gained a reputation for good home-cooked, locally sourced food at reasonable prices, popular with locals and visitors alike and so booking is most advisable to avoid disappointment; it was voted More Radio Best Eatery in 2016 and Best Pub in a poll by the local Hastings Observer newspaper. The New Inn is a family run pub, warmed by a log fire on cold days adding to a welcoming, friendly atmosphere.

  • Westham
    • Heron 27 High Street Westham BN24 5LR Telephone(01323) 761041

      Set in the heart of the historic village, close to the Norman church and Pevensey Castle, the pub has two bars, one set as a restaurant. Locally sourced, home made food is available and the pub hosts functions, barbecues and buffets. An occasional guest ale is available, such as London Pride or Abbot Ale.