Pubs Selling Real Cider
- Olde Smugglers Inn
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.
- Olde Smugglers Inn Waterloo Square Alfriston BN26 5UE (01323) 870241
- Battle Cider Bar
35a High Street
Ths is the first dedicated Cider Bar in East Sussex. At least three ciders will be available on draught.
- Battle Tap
52 High St
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.
- Battle Cider Bar 35a High Street Battle TN33 0EA 07545 891388
- Bexhill on Sea
- Albatross Club (RAFA)
15 Marina Arcade
Bexhill on Sea
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.
- Brickmaker's Alehouse
27 Sea Road
Bexhill on Sea
Bexhill's first micropub opened in November 2019, owned and run by two local CAMRA members, is conveniently close to the town centre, seafront, bus routes and Bexhill station. Five or more real ales and five or more traditional still ciders are served by gravity dispense from a chilled cabinet adjacent to the bar with other drinks available. It is furnished with both high chairs and low chairs at tables, with a couple of tables outside on the pavement at the front. In 2021 this former shop and showroom of a local brick manufacturer won the CAMRA “Conversion to Pub Use” national award, and in 2022 was local CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year, as well as being Cider Pub of the Year runner up.
- Sidley Working Men's Club
34A Hollier's Hill
Bexhill on Sea
Friendly members club serving real ale with a large open plan bar with tables and bench seating. CAMRA members welcome o payment of £1 entry fee. Occasional beer festivals are held in support of local charities. All beers and cider are at Club prices.
- Albatross Club (RAFA) 15 Marina Arcade Bexhill on Sea TN40 1JS ku.oc.afarllihxeb@ofni(01424) 212916
- Bottle Grove
56B Grove Road
Marketed as a Cafe and Craft Beer Specialist, this micropub has a real cider is available and four local beers on KeyKeg, along with a wide range of bottls and cans. it is licensed until 11pm, so may stay open later if busy.
- Stage Door
10 Compton Street
Situated by the theatres and near the seafront, this pub has a large L-shaped bar with some partitioned seating. Old theatre posters decorate the walls and a raised rear area overlooks the Devonshire Park tennis courts. The pub was bought by Eastbourne Borough Council in 2017 as part of the redevelopment of the Devonshire Quarter site; it was refurbished in 2018.
- Bottle Grove 56B Grove Road Eastbourne BN21 4UD (01323) 737564
- Ewhurst Green
- White Dog Inn
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.
- White Dog Inn Village Street Ewhurst Green TN32 5TD ku.oc.liamtoh@tsruhwegodetihweht(01580) 830264
- George Hotel
3 George Street
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.
- George Hotel 3 George Street Hailsham BN27 1AD ku.oc.noopsrehtewdj@4826p(01323) 445120
33 George Street
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.
64-66 All Saints Street
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.
- Jenny Lind
69 High Street
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.
- Jolly Fisherman
3 East Beach Street
A pub until the 1950s, then a café, and now Hastings' first micropub. At least three changing cask beers, together with up to six real ciders and perries, and keg beers, are supplemented by a large range of canned and bottled beers of UK and foreign origin. It was CAMRA Branch Cider Pub-of-the-Year in 2020. The rustic furniture is arranged to help create a friendly atmosphere. Toad in the hole and shove-ha'penny can be played. As a family run micropub, there have been occasions when the pub has been unable to open for its full published hours.
- Twelve Hundred Postcards
80 Queens Road
This micropub opened in November 2018, consisting of a bar in one room with real ales in a cool room at the rear; the large window enabling the customers to see their beers being poured. There are benches and high stools down each side of the room; in addition to the three cask beers offered there is one keg beer. The venue has had many past owners, a hundred years ago it was a sweet shop, the owner of which was secretly selling French postcards for which he was imprisoned; hence the pub's name.
- Albion 33 George Street Hastings TN34 3EA moc.sgnitsahnoibla@ofni(01424) 439156
- Queen's Head
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.
- Robin Hood
This 17th Century warm, friendly locals’ pub has a striking ceiling display of hops, coppers and brasses built up over twenty years. There is a magnificent open fire and a large dining area to the rear offers locally sourced, home cooked food. Six ales and at least two ciders, (and up to five), are served. The pub hosts pool and pétanque teams and is the home of the local Bonfire Society. The large garden has a children’s play area.
- Queen's Head Parsonage Lane Icklesham TN36 4BL (01424) 814552
- Plough & Harrow
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.
- Plough & Harrow The Street Litlington BN26 5RE ku.oc.hdnapeht@sgnikoob(01323) 870632
- Milton Street
- Sussex Ox
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.
- Sussex Ox Milton Street BN26 5RL (01323) 870840
- Horse & Cart Inn
A traditional country village inn with oak-beamed rooms, a single bar, a large restaurant area and a south-facing garden with plenty of seating at the rear. There is an extensive menu featuring home-cooked pub favourites, including pizza, using local and seasonal produce where possible. As well as the house beer from Romney Marsh Brewery, Horse and Cart Best, there is always a Three Legs Brewery ale on offer. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 10 at weekends.
- Horse & Cart Inn School Lane Peasmarsh TN31 6UW ku.oc.tracdnaesroheht@ofni(01797) 230034
- Globe Inn Marsh
10 Military Road
A unique open plan bar serving three mainly local cask beers and a selection of five real ciders from Dudda's is the centre piece of this creatively designed and furnished, food oriented pub, built about 1834. A selection of gins is also available. Decorated with lobster pots and fishing nets, open fires have contributed to readers of a national newspaper recently voting it third cosiest pub in Britain. There is a covered outdoor area. Good quality locally sourced meals are served including breakfasts from 8am and wood-fired oven pizzas.
- Pipemakers Arms
Large friendly pub just a short level walk from the railway station and all bus routes. There are three areas served by a central horseshoe shaped bar, each featuring interesting unusual clocks, as the landlady's former career was that of an horologist. The saloon bar, situated in the oldest part of the building, features wooden beams and ample comfortable seating. The pub, previously only serving Greene King beers, is under new management from November 2021 with a range of up to six real ales and two real ciders. The pub may close earlier in the evening than the stated time if it is very quiet.
- Queen's Head
Spacious 17th century freehouse situated near the Landgate in Rye this friendly traditional old English pub has many interesting comfortable seating areas. A sign inside says it was called the Two Brewers in 1706 and the Queens Head since 1781 and has been plague free since 1988! Home cooked food is served daily.
- Ship Inn
This large friendly pub, very poplar with tourists is situated in the Strand Quay area of Rye. The décor is very different from other pubs in Rye with the style being inspired by the 1951 Festival of Britain and features 'retro' colour schemes. The two changing beers are usually from local breweries and regularly include Old Dairy, Rother Valley and Long Man, while the house beer is brewed by Pin Up Brewery. At least two real ciders or perries are always available and cider festivals are held twice a year. Breakfast is served from 08:00 to 11:30 daily.
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 https://www.instagram.com/ryewaterworks/?hl=en. 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
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.
- Globe Inn Marsh 10 Military Road Rye TN31 7NX (01797) 225220
- Salehurst Halt
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.
- Salehurst Halt Church Lane Salehurst TN32 5PH (01580) 880620
- St. Leonards on Sea
1 Norman Road
St. Leonards on Sea
Reopened in July 2019, advertising arts and contemporary culture. It was refurbished prior to this, downstairs is a bar open to the public, entrance to the performance venue upstairs requires a ticket. The bar is a large single room with a central wooden bar and polished wooden floor, matched by mainly wooden furniture throughout. Pizza is available from a nearby pizzeria, ordered at the pub.
251 London Road
St. Leonards on Sea
A friendly welcome and a great selection of reasonably priced ales and ciders are guaranteed in this self-proclaimed 'proper boozer' that truly lives up to the label. There is a wood-burning stove adding to the convivial atmosphere. The main football and rugby matches are shown on HDTV screens with the week’s fixtures chalked on a board. There is a well-stocked jukebox, monthly meat raffle, the odd themed night and occasional pub trips are offered. There is a good choice of ciders, the pub has won awards for these in the past and is regularly amongst the contenders for further recognition. The Tower had been local CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year for three consecutive years up to 2017, runner up in 2018, Pub of the Year again in 2019 then runner up in 2020. The presentation pictures show the awards being made in 2018 and 2019.
- Piper 1 Norman Road St. Leonards on Sea TN37 6NH