Hastings Beer Guide: Your Hastings guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Hastings

68 /100 80 QUEENS ROAD
“Another micro pub in Hastings! Named after 1200 saucy French postcards were destroyed by the authorities in 1906 after the owner of a sweet shop here was caught selling them under the counter! 3-4 real ales, 2-3 craft kegs, 3 ciders and several bottles and cans are on offer. A handy stop off point to/from the Imperial brewpub. I visited in mid January 2019 when it had just opened and several works were still going on so will review next visit when it should be complete.“
b727trijet 780 days ago
78 /100
Eel & Bear (Beer Store)
28 WALDEGRAVE STREET
“Excellent bottle shop just behind the Marks & Spencer. 3 taps on and multiple bottles and takeaway draught beer too. Great service, prices were reasonable. Worth stopping in for.“
harrisoni 812 days ago
80 /100
Imperial (Bar)
119 QUEEN’S ROAD
“10 minutes walk from the town centre on Queens Road. Corner pub with the brewery in one corner, bar and then wood fired pizza oven so you can see your pizza being made and cooked. Very friendly and helpful service. 6 beers from the brewery here and 6 guests all well chosen. I spent a happy couple of hours here sat at the bar chatting to the people who run it.“
harrisoni 812 days ago
80 /100 3 EAST BEACH STREET
“I was really impressed with this micropub. Cask and craft keg beers as well as an extensive bottle and can selection. They even had Oud Beersel Lambic on draught when I visited. In the Old Town and clearly visible as the outside is painted yellow at the rear.“
harrisoni 812 days ago
68 /100 WHITE ROCK
“bland but clean interior,balcony with sea view.3 hand pumps with well kept beer average food quality.“
BitterMaster18 894 days ago
78 /100 3 EAST BEACH STREET
“interesting beers on tap and lots of belgium beers in bottles,food average, well worth a visit“
BitterMaster18 894 days ago
62 /100 GEORGE STREET
“pleasant interior, food average beer quite well kept shame its the dreaded shep and neee and they try to own the old town,drink in the free houses in this part of town“
BitterMaster18 894 days ago
80 /100 11-12 ROCK-A-NORE ROAD
“good selection of beers all well kept,food is ok but nothing special, probably one of the best beers pubs in the town.“
BitterMaster18 894 days ago
80 /100
Eel & Bear (Beer Store)
28 WALDEGRAVE STREET
“three key kegs on tap and a varied selection of bottles,well worth a visit“
BitterMaster18 894 days ago
68 /100
Crown (Bar)
64 ALL SAINTS ROAD, OLD TOWN
“good food and varied selection of beers,but does not feel like a good drinking venue more of a trendy food place“
BitterMaster18 894 days ago
86 /100
Imperial (Bar)
119 QUEEN’S ROAD
“excellent selection of well kept beers,and some brewed on site.visit this place.“
BitterMaster18 895 days ago
44 /100 EAST STREET
“some of the worste beer in hastings...only drink bottled in here!!“
BitterMaster18 895 days ago
60 /100 69 HIGH ST
“too many beers and not enough circulation so quality compramised.good music scene.“
BitterMaster18 895 days ago
66 /100 69 HIGH ST
“Visited 9/10/2018. Slightly grungy place. Mixed customer base. Decent selection of cask beers and a few ciders. Had been warned they don't get the footfall to warrant the number of casks they have on but the one I chose was perfectly acceptable. Had some good music playing. Service ok. Not bad for a few ticks.“
Grumbo 916 days ago
70 /100 14-15 HIGH STREET
“Visited 9/10/2018. Situated in the old attractive High Street, it's a warm and homely pub with friendly service. 5 FILO beers on tap, though not much else. Asked it they did a taster board and was told no but barman proceeded to pull off a generous free sample of each beer so I could try each one to decide which one I wanted (chose the gold which was definitely the best but there was plenty enough to get a rating out of each). Ate there, food was good. Worth a visit.“
Grumbo 916 days ago
82 /100
Eel & Bear (Beer Store)
28 WALDEGRAVE STREET
“Visited 9/10/2018. Situated just a bit outside the town shopping centre in a mainly residential side street. Owners were welcoming and helpful. They are not yet set up for online or mail order deliveries but agreed as a one-off to send a box of East Sussex beers and ciders that I put together to me (f.o.c given what I spent). Decent selection from local breweries available, mix of ales and craft. Prices ok. 4 taps. Bottles/cans for drink in or take away. Must visit if in area.“
Grumbo 916 days ago
90 /100 3 EAST BEACH STREET
“Upate Dec.2019 - now has 3 real ales plus 4 craft kegs aswell as 6 ciders. A fantastic newly opened micropub in the old part of Hastings on the seafront. Less than 2 mins walk from the Dolphin and Jenny Lind pubs. 4 beers on tap aswell as 3 ciders. Many bottles too, mostly from the UK, Belgium and Scandinavia plus the odd one from Germany, USA etc. Wonderful snacks/tapas very reasonably priced. Very welcoming owners who create a friendly atmosphere which rubs off on all in there! A must visit in Hastings. The 2 beers I had in there were in tip-top condition and included a green-hopped beer from semi-local Cellar Head brewery.“
b727trijet 929 days ago
78 /100
Eel & Bear (Beer Store)
28 WALDEGRAVE STREET
“At a guess between 150-200 bottles and cans of beer from the UK and abroad, some of which are refrigerated. Plus 3 beers on tap which included Mad Squirrel Puckerberry Sour, Deya Steady Rolling Man Pale Ale and Siren Craft Soundwave Sessions Double Simcoe. I think these were on key-keg, the Deya certainly was! Although one can drink in there is no seating area, which was fine mid afternoon on a weekday but might be too crowded at other times! A nice stopping point en route to the Imperial. The owner/manager was very welcoming and we had a good chat about many beery topics. Prices are a little high for Hastings, my half pint of Deya cost £2.95 and my brother spotted Three Legs cans almost double for what that brewery charges at their plant! A welcome addition to Hastings nevertheless.“
b727trijet 931 days ago
56 /100 64 GEORGE STREET, TOWN CENTRE
“Been here on a trip in 2012. We sat upstairs. Nice atmosphere, ood Service. Enjoyed this place.“
rhoihessegold 1253 days ago
68 /100 29-31 HAVELOCK ROAD
“Visited in 11th September 2017. Large Spoons in the centre if town. It's quite dark and dingy, the decor is decent enough though. The beer range on cask was pretty decent with a good mix of brewers plus all the usual bottles etc. Service was pretty good and prices were also low. It's not a bad stop off if you want a cheap cask beer.“
WingmanWillis 1295 days ago
70 /100 WHITE ROCK
“Visited on 10th September 2017 ahead of seeing Tom Huntley and the Karpets in the theatre next door. Large hotel bar not far from the pier. It's got a huge glass frontage offering sea views. Decor is clean and modern. Central bar with 4 cask ales. Picked up a couple of new beers here and ones Is not seen elsewhere in town. Prices were ok. Staff were friendly and happy to let me eat my fish and chips much to the horror of the residents. It's a decent stop.“
WingmanWillis 1297 days ago
72 /100 11-12 ROCK-A-NORE ROAD
“Visited on 10th September 2017. Large pub just set back from the sea front at the bottom of the old town. 2 large rooms around a central bar. Loads of room in the place, decor is a little worn and lived in but not bad. Beer range was decent with around 8 cask beers from around the UK. The ones I tried were in good condition. Prices good and service friendly. Decent trad boozer with good ale range. Somewhere I'd try again.“
WingmanWillis 1297 days ago
78 /100
Crown (Bar)
64 ALL SAINTS ROAD, OLD TOWN
“Visited on 10th September 2017. Large gastro pub set up a few mins from the sea front. Large single U shaped room with central bar. Plenty of seating and set up for dining mostly and it was super busy when I landed. Decor is really smart and modern. Beer range is the true star here and probably the best in town. A great mix of cask and keg beers from local sources. Prices and service great. Definitely one to head for if you're in town.“
WingmanWillis 1297 days ago
52 /100 105 ALL SAINTS’ STREET, OLD TOWN
“Visited on 10th September 2017. Back street noozer about 5 mins walk from FILO. 1 cost single room with bar on the left. Decor is nice old wooden panels and plenty of tat. 2 beers on cask 1 from Fullers and something else that is easy to come by. Prices and service OK, not really a beer destination just a solid local boozer.“
WingmanWillis 1297 days ago
76 /100
Palace (Bar)
37 WHITE ROCK
“Visited on 10th September 2017. Situated on the sea front and a couple of minutes for the pier this is a large beer bar and diner, it has a couple of rooms which are quite spacious with plenty of seating. Place was rammed as Dodgy were performing following the cancellation of the Beano on the Sea. The beer range was pretty good with house beers provided by Freedom, a mix of some of the larger UK craft brewers (Camden) plus a few guests with a Wild Beer and Lervig on tap plus a couple of local ciders. There's also a solid range of bottles too. Prices were decent and the service was really good and efficient with the pub being heaving. Looks like a decent place and place to visit if you want some decent craft beer in Hastings“
WingmanWillis 1315 days ago
72 /100 14-15 HIGH STREET
“Visited on 10th September 2017. Brewpub in the old town. Really traditional old boozer. Decor is pretty decent and adds to the traditional vibe. 6 beers on cask. 5 of their own plus Harveys Best plus some keg lagers. Beer quality was good. Service was good and prices were decent to. Decent place. Worth a stop for the beers if you've not had them before.“
WingmanWillis 1317 days ago
80 /100
Crown (Bar)
64 ALL SAINTS ROAD, OLD TOWN
“Boutique craft beer pub in a nice old part of the town. Has four cask pubs, eight keg taps and a decent bottle range. Nice locally sourced ales including Burning Sky, Romney, and Franklins Brewery. Beer quality was very nice when I was in. Service friendly and knowledgable. Food was excellent. Interior is cozy, stylish and has a very local feel to it. Pub sells its own bread.“
EdKing 1441 days ago
80 /100
Imperial (Bar)
119 QUEEN’S ROAD
“3 handpumps and 10 keg taps include beers brewed at this pub (Brewing Brothers) and several guests, often from Three Legs, Beavertown, even foreign such as Nogne 0., etc. A little walk from the city centre, near a large Morrisons but slightly off the ale circuit. Food includes pizzas cooked in a wood burning oven.“
b727trijet 1613 days ago
84 /100
Crown (Bar)
64 ALL SAINTS ROAD, OLD TOWN
“Nice place in the old town of Hastings. Students, older people, women drinking coffee, ... All kind of people in this place. The staff is knowledgeable. Nice selection of hard to find English brewers. Also Beavertown, Brew By Number, the Kernel,... Rotating cask and keg beers. Nice place to visit!“
JefVerstraete 2041 days ago
46 /100 27 HAVELOCK ROAD
“Across the road from the Wetherspoons in the town centre so usually busy. About 3-4 real ales on offer but the Dark Star Hophead was in poor condition. I feel they run on complacency, how on earth it got in the Good Beer Guide I don’t know! There are much better pubs in Hastings.“
b727trijet 2379 days ago
64 /100 11-12 ROCK-A-NORE ROAD
“A nice pub offering upto 6 real ales, guest beers from all over plus Harveys Sussex and Dark Star Hophead usually on. On our visit the Hophead was in cracking form and the Shore Break from Country Life brewery in Devon was good too. The radio can be annoying if on too loud.“
b727trijet 2379 days ago
80 /100
Crown (Bar)
64 ALL SAINTS ROAD, OLD TOWN
“Having been closed for ages has now reopened with an emphasis on quality. 4 handpumps and approx. 6 craft keg beers. Despite guest beers from across the UK and a few from abroad, the main emphasis here is local, especially food. Maybe a bit too trendy and foody for some but the choice and quality of beer is excellent. Forms part of a good pub crawl as 2 mins walk from the Dolphin and Jenny Lind pubs. Hastings brewery Porter and Handmade #14 plus a beer from Clarkshaws in London were all in good nick.“
b727trijet 2379 days ago
66 /100 105 ALL SAINTS’ STREET, OLD TOWN
“We (me, Loz, Isobel & Berry the dog) visited here on Saturday 3rd May 2014. We received possibly the warmest welcome along with The Tower in St Leonards on Sea when we entered here. This looks and probably is a fairly ancient pub with lots of wood around. Beer choice was a little limited with Otter Ale, Fullers ESB and one other unmemorable one, the Otter was in good nick but it ain’t a great beer. This is a dog friendly pub for those with canine friends. As you enter the bar is immediately in front on the left. I didn’t do too much exploring but the pub clearly opens out towards the back, free Wi-Fi but unless I logged onto someone elses the free Wi-Fi was BTFON so only free to BT customers. I liked it in here, staff and locals were very friendly.“
Fin 2542 days ago
46 /100 EAST STREET
“We (me, Loz, Isobel & Berry the dog) visited here on Sunday 4th May 2014. I am unsure quite how this deserves to be sat at the top of the rankings with FILO when there are at least 4-5 pubs that spring to mind as being far better options than this, perhaps it used to be good. This is another pub situated close to the seafront and the front of the pub like the dolphin is a suntrap so if the currant bun is out forget trying to bag a seat outside. Around the side is a table (in shade) and out the back a small garden area with seating, though it all looked rather grubby with tables unclean and just a general untidy look which spilled into the interior, I accept that on such days pubs will be busy and staff stretched but none of the other pubs which were equally as busy looked as grubby. The beer choice was fairly average for a Shepherd Neame pub, Spitfire, Kent Invicta Best and if course being Jack in the Green they had the Jack in the Green ale on which was probably the best choice. I guess my rating will see this place settle into a more realistic placing amongst the Hastings choices.....Good!“
Fin 2542 days ago
70 /100 11-12 ROCK-A-NORE ROAD
“We (me, Loz, Isobel & Berry the dog) visited here on Saturday 3rd May 2014. The pub is situated just along from Winkle Island opposite the tall black fishing huts on Rock-a-Nore still part of the old town I guess. A note to less able visitors there are two to three steps up to the outside patio that leads into this pub, being a sun trap this are was full with the great british public many of them displaying far too much flesh and tattoos. Inside the large central bar with seating all around (it was busy) was straight on front to the right, you sort of enter fron the left hand corner of the pub. The usual seaside tat, such as nets, small buoys, lobster pots etc hung about everywhere. Beer choice was pretty good with a decent selection of well kept local ales, I had WJ King Green Bullet and Loz had Whitstable Amarillo but there were three others. Service was efficient and friendly and staff very helpful, not withstanding.the fact that FILO has beer festival this weekend which artificially inflates the beer choice, this pub probably has the best selection in Hastings.“
Fin 2542 days ago
54 /100 29-31 HAVELOCK ROAD
“A typical Wetherspoons, cheap and cheerful, you get what you pay for! Beer quality usually good.“
b727trijet 2672 days ago
80 /100 69 HIGH ST
“Down the same road from FILO and 2 blocks from the Crown so handy for a crawl! This pub has almost a colonial look about it with a long bar and dark wood. Does live music on Fridays. Seems to have changed hands and is now better than in 2011.“
b727trijet 2684 days ago
68 /100 WHITE ROCK
“Nice setting, overlooking the sea and the old pier. Very nice to sit outside on the balcony in the summer. Although only 4 handpumps any more and I think quality could suffer. As far as I can remember only beers from Sussex, usually a Dark Star, Harveys and often a Rother Valley or Arundel among others. Food looks good if a bit pricey.“
b727trijet 2684 days ago
70 /100 14-15 HIGH STREET
“A good brewpub that does generally good own brews and a few guest beers too. A must visit if in the area. Usually a good atmosphere in this ancient part of Hastings. Hosts a beer festival once/twice a year. Used to brew on site, now brews a few doors up the road which helped to expand slightly.“
b727trijet 2827 days ago
72 /100 WHITE ROCK
“We visited here Sunday 5th May 2013. The weather was gorgeous, we sat outside overlooking the remains of what was clearly a wonderful Victorian pier which appears to have succumbed to either fire or storm ravages or more likely both. This hotel was very busy, there is an outside veranda and quite a bit of seating inside, it appears that children and dogs are very welcome. Beer choice was good with Dark Star and Rother Valley to breweries I rather like as options on our visit. Clearly this doesn’t have the snug or traditional feel of a proper pub, but the service was great, beer was in very good condition and it is a pleasant walk along the sea front probably about 1/4 walk from the new town area. Just for orientation purposes when you enter the hotel you go through a revolving door, immediately turn right to enter the bar area which you will see ahead.“
Fin 2883 days ago
62 /100 64 GEORGE STREET, TOWN CENTRE
“We visited here on Saturday 4th May 2013. We sat in the downstairs front bar which is quite snug, there is a much bigger ’main’ bar upstairs, however this was a nice little bar. They had a special ’Jack in the Green’ beer which was fine. The atmosphere was pleasant, the pub looks quite a historic place, situated on the main shopping street in the very pleasant old town.“
Fin 2900 days ago
76 /100 14-15 HIGH STREET
“We visited here Saturday 4th May, probably 15-18 years since our last visit. There was a beer festival on, so the usual 4-5 handpumps were supplemented by a further 10-12 beers on gravity. I had a FILO porter which was v.decent however the Dark Star Carafa Jade and Oakham Inferno were the best that we had here. The pub was swelled by the fact that ’Jack in the Green’ Folk/Morris festival was taking place. It is a small but pleasant pub on the High Street in the old town, the bar is to the right as you enter. A good pub any time of the year but I reckon it would come into its own in the winter months.“
Fin 2905 days ago
70 /100 64 GEORGE STREET, TOWN CENTRE
“Atmospheric pub with is low Tudor style beams and perfectly lit for a very cosy intimate visit any time of year. It is an excellent place for a meal but also for a drink and there is a garden area towards the rear, and an extension into the pedestrian street out front when the weather is good. This is an old world pub through and through but there is also a nautical theme and you’ll see pictures or drawings such as the death of Lord Nelson throughout. Shepherd Neame ales are available and is directly opposite another of this brewery’s pubs The Anchor.“
ManVsBeer 2950 days ago
64 /100 105 ALL SAINTS’ STREET, OLD TOWN
“Located on the All Saint’s road running away from the sea in the Old Town area, and close to the Piece of Cheese Cottage, the pub is on two floors located in one of many Tudor style houses that are back to back in this historic quarter of Hastings. Getting past the bar area can be quite tight as you’re in it as soon as you walk in the door and there’s probably going to be one or two regulars on stools partly blocking the way. Once you have ordered and get beyond here you’ll find an extremely comfortable soft furnished seating area with plenty of charm. Upstairs the lounge section is similar and perhaps a bit more low-key throughout the less popular days of the week, but you’ll find a few nice sofas to relax on up here amongst the old world charm of the building. There’s a couple of ales on offer, possibly one from Harvey’s brewery.“
ManVsBeer 2950 days ago
62 /100 27 HAVELOCK ROAD
“Considering that it is in the middle of Yates’s and the local Wetherspoon pub, this place in the centre of the new town gets its fair share of custom and is well worth a visit. Its wooden decor and furniture is appealing and only offset by some tiled nautical images on the wall opposite the bar. It’s not too big but its intimacy works and you can sit out front on the pedestrian street if the weather is good enough. There’s a couple of ales to choose from and they may be from the Dark Star brewery.“
ManVsBeer 2951 days ago
62 /100 GEORGE STREET
“One of three Shepherd Neame pubs on George Street in close proximity. This one is more geared up for food with its upright seating and wooden tables suitable for dining, however it is still a pub and is still a fine place to enjoy a drink only. The decor is nautical and concentrates on celebrating the local fishing industry which survives in Hastings despite no harbour. The bar welcomes you as you enter and there are few small defined areas to sit in, or the garden area out back. Shepherd Neame ales are the norm.“
ManVsBeer 2951 days ago
58 /100
Yates’s (Bar)
53 ROBERTSON STREET
“Possibly a better option than the Wetherspoon pub it sits opposite, it is certainly better decked out and more atmospheric, and the prices are similar. There’s only a couple of ale pumps available that may consist of Bombardier or Yates’s Best Bitter, a pseudonym for Wells and Young Eagle, but the latter is very tasty. Food is as their usual menus. The tables are cleared away in the evening if a crowd set on dancing is expected.“
ManVsBeer 2951 days ago
66 /100 EAST STREET
“Opposite the Lord Nelson as well as the fishing fleet that frequent the beach of the Old Town area, this is the smallest of the four Shepherd Neame pubs within 100 metres of each other. Depending on whether it is in season or the time of day this place can be deserted or bustling. Inside you’ll get a a selection of the brewer’s ales and possibly a couple more. There’s some intriguing photographs of Victorian or early 20th century Hastings on the wall, and one above the open fire shows a curious ’Mohawk Minstrels’ advertisement for a show on the pier which has the locals interest. If you come on the right night you’ll find live music here.“
ManVsBeer 2951 days ago
64 /100 14-15 HIGH STREET
“A short walk away from the seafront up the High Street, once there you’ll find a single room front facing pub serving a selection of its own premises brewed ales and a guest. In the middle of the room a purpose built central open log fire provides a warming smokey (in an open fire sense) atmosphere. The walls are artex but there’s some fake wood supports to give it the place an older feel, the rough wooden furniture that accompanies this compliments that.“
ManVsBeer 2951 days ago
64 /100 29-31 HAVELOCK ROAD
“In the heart of the new town area around other bars and opposite their main town centre rival Yates, this is a bright Wetherspoon pub that has dark wood panels but a lighter furniture design, all very comfortable and soft. It is all open plan but there is a slightly lower small section at the rear which also gives access to the rear garden area. Ales are on two rows. Internet not working on two occasions here.“
ManVsBeer 2951 days ago
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