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 Brewery Shop
The brewery is located in lovely countryside off the North Trade Road down a three quarter mile track. The bar is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and is housed in the same barn as the brewery. Two handpumps are usually serving two of the brewery's cask beers and a third cider, there are three bottled conditioned beers and bottled cider. Two families run the expanding brewery and you are guaranteed a warm welcome.
- Battle Brewery Shop Battle TN33 0HN ku.oc.yrewerbelttab@olleh(01424) 772838
- 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, owned and run by local CAMRA members Martin Payne and Robin Hill, is close to the town centre, bus routes and Bexhill station. Five real ales and three real ciders are served by gravity dispense from a chilled cabinet; other drinks are available. High and low chairs and several tables make this a very comfortable venue.
- Picture Playhouse
36/38 Western Road
Bexhill on Sea
Opened in July 2017, it is decorated in an Art Deco and cinematic style. Wetherspoons spent three million pounds on the project converting two adjoining buildings, both having been cinemas at different times in the past. Two original projectors left on site are on display. The staff are very enthusiastic about their real ale selection from the twelve handpumps. As well as stocking the three usual JDW national ales, two or more are locally sourced, generally from Old Dairy, Franklins and Long Man. There are at least three continuously varying guests sourced nationally. At least two real ciders are usually available, kept in one of the large refrigerated units behind the bar. One of the largest Wetherspoons in the county, it has a variety of seating areas at different levels and at the top a large roof garden complete with tables, ash trays and overhead netting to ensure it is a herring gull free zone.
- 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
- Boreham Street
- Bull's Head
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.
- Bull's Head The Strait Boreham Street BN27 4SG moc.teertsmaherobdaehsllub@ofni(01323) 831981
- East Dean
- Tiger Inn
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.
- Tiger Inn The Green East Dean BN20 0DA ku.gro.daehyhcaeb@regit(01323) 423209
- Bottle Grove
56B Grove Road
Marketed as a Cafe and Craft Beer Specialist, 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.
- Cornfield Garage
21-23 Cornfield Road
This single storey, town centre pub is named after the former garage that occupied this site. A popular venue, the accomodation was extended to the rear in 2014, doubling the size of the building. There are 15 handpumps that usually sell up to 8 regularly changing guest beers as well as the regulars. At least two beer festivals and a cider festival are held each year. The usual good value Wetherspoon food menu is available.
- Dew Drop Inn
37-39 South Street
Recent improvements to this cosy ‘Little Chelsea’ pub have enhanced some of the interior space, back garden and toilet facilities without altering the character and atmosphere. Has an ‘alternative’ feel with a broad range of clientele and no TV or gaming machines. There is occasional live music or DJ at weekends. A welcome spot for conversation, drink and food a short walk away from the main town centre. The Greene King Local Heroes scheme provides a range of guest beers.
57 South Street
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, can be had, also Westons Old Rosie or guest ciders. 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.
- London & County
46 Terminus Road
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, three ciders are offered. Good value food is served all day. 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.
- 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.
- Victoria Hotel
27 Latimer Road
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. Good value home-made food is available Thursday to Sunday lunchtimes and Thursday to Saturday evenings.
- Bottle Grove 56B Grove Road Eastbourne BN21 4UD (01323) 737564
- 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. Eight ciders/perry are stocked, six regular and up to six guests, served from a dedicated cool room for optimum temperature.
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.
- King's Head
146 South Road
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.
- 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 six changing real ciders from Sussex and Kent are served from boxes in the 'Marine Parade' bar. The pub fronts onto two streets, it can be entered from Marine Parade or George Street, the first picture (above) is taken from Marine Parade, the second from George Street. The final two pictures show the pub in its days as the Royal Albion, retained for interest to show how much it has been renovated. The first of these was taken from George Street, the second from Marine Parade with an outside seating area.
64-66 All Saints Street
The 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.
- General Havelock
27 Havelock Road
Following a period of closure this pub has recently reopened, WhatPub will be updated in due course, but the opening and food hours shown at the moment are those from before the closure.
Situated in the town centre near local bus routes and a short walk from the railway station. The pub re-opened under new management after a short closure in autumn 2019. It retains all the features that classify it as having a nationally important historic interior, in particular the exceptional large tiled paintings of scenes of local interest.
- 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 and bar billiards table. 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.
- John Logie Baird
29-31 Havelock Road
A typical large and busy town centre Wetherspoon's pub with real ales available at all times from up to ten hand-pumps. Up to four changing real ciders are usually available from one of the large refrigerated units behind the bar. Holds a cider festival as well as the regular Wetherspoon beer festivals.
- Jolly Fisherman
3 East Beach Street
A pub until the 1950s, then a café and it is now Hastings' first micropub. At least three changing cask beers, together with six real ciders and perries and keg beers, are supplemented by a large range of canned and bottled beers of UK and foreign origin. Homemade bar snacks are available Wednesdays to Saturdays, with free cheese on Sunday afternoons. The rustic furniture is arranged to help create a friendly atmosphere. Toad-in-the-Hole and Shove Ha'penny can be played.
- Plough Inn
49 Priory Road
A small half timbered pub on the West Hill near the castle to where a lift goes from the Old Town. It is the last pub in an area that as recently as the turn of the century had five. A friendly community pub, (and 'sister' pub to the North Star in St Leonards), with a large beer garden to the rear. It has four handpumps offering two permanent and one changing guest ale, plus Weston's Old Rosie cider.
Although Ore station is nearer (750m), it has a lesser service than Hastings station..
- 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
- Lamb Inn
Located in the Pevensey marshes, the beamed original part of this pub dates from the 16th century. It was built as a shepherds' hostelry, obliged at the time to be open all night and to allow sickly lambs to recover at the fireside. The pub still has a twenty four hour licence at lambing time. It was extended in the 1970s resulting in several separate areas for eating and drinking.
- Lamb Inn Pevensey Marsh Hooe TN33 9HH (01424) 848649
- 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 moc.tenretnitb@dtltseregnarg(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
- Lower Willingdon
- British Queen
The British Queen was originally a double fronted Georgian building, probably formerly two cottages. The mock Tudor façade was built in 1935 whilst part of the Star brewery estate and the building was extended after being taken over by Courage brewery in 1965. This large friendly pub has darts, pool and sports TV in the public bar which is also used for live music. There is a comfortable saloon bar and a lounge. Excellent home cooked food is served.
- British Queen The Triangle Lower Willingdon BN20 9PG (01323) 484166
- 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
Please note: The pub is also open for breakfast from 08:30-10:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
A traditional village country pub with oak beamed rooms, a single bar and a large restaurant area and a south facing garden with plenty ofseating at the rear. There is an extensive menu featuring home cooked pub favourites, including pizza, using local and seasonal produce where possible. Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 10 at weekends.
- Horse & Cart Inn School Lane Peasmarsh TN31 6UW ku.oc.tracdnaesroheht@ofni(01797) 230034
54 High Street
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.
- Dinkum 54 High Street Polegate BN26 6AG (01323) 482106
- Globe Inn Marsh
10 Military Road
A unique open plan bar serving five mainly local beers and a selection of five real ciders from Duddas 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 pubin 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. The Saloon bar, situated in the oldest part of the building features wooden beams and ample comfortable seating. The public bar featuring the pub games is located in the newest area and a small middle bar is between the larger bars. Old posters decorate the mainly dark panelled walls.
- 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.
- Ypres Castle Inn
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 22 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. The menu usually includes locally sourced seafood. 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. Quality bar snacks are offered alongside a simple menu centred around gourmet sandwiches.
- 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 from 12:00 to 21:00, while specials are available up to 14:30 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
- Dripping Spring Alehouse
34 Tower Road
St. Leonards on Sea
This friendly small pub has seen many changes in recent years. The present tenants have been in the pub from April 2018 and have been able to welcome back many regulars as the range of ales develops. A selection of whiskies is offered. Bar snacks are available; sandwiches, pie of the day and other light food. Events held include beer and meat raffles and quizzes.
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 and Pub of the Year again in 2019. The presentation pictures show the awards being made in 2018 and 2019.
- Dripping Spring Alehouse 34 Tower Road St. Leonards on Sea TN37 6JE
- Giant's Rest
A Victorian building which is located within a short walk of the Long Man, a chalk figure now reinforced by concrete blocks, cut into the side of Windover Hill. This free house which serves two beers from Sussex breweries and a local cider, was originally a village cottage, converted in the 1920s and now a busy establishment serving home prepared food, locally sourced where possible. A popular pub with locals, walkers and tourists alike. There is a quiz night on the first Tuesday of the month
- Giant's Rest The Street Wilmington BN26 5SQ moc.liamtoh@tserstnaigeht(01323) 870207