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The Stag Inn, Hastings

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 02/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from The Stag Inn, Hastings
Updated 02/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Hi there. For the next little while we will be keeping some of the Covid-safe rules in place, so booking is advisable though not compulsory. The oldest pub in Hastings, we are a small, friendly, 16th century inn with separate dining room and landscaped gardens. We welcome dogs throughout the pub. We have a range of real ales and lagers and a wide range of sprits. We stock a number of gins, many of which are local and do a hot G&T in winter. Our food is freshly prepared with a close to zero waste philosophy and a varied menu developed by our chef, Benjamin Cumberpatch. We hold a Monday night quiz, live Folk music session on Tuesdays and live Americana session on Wednesdays, plus bands some weekends.
US$8 - US$28
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Bar, British, Pub, Healthy
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Just popped in for a couple of drinks but looked at the menu and must go back to eat there. Service at the bar was swift and friendly will definitely be back for food

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great autumn menu with interesting choices and imaginative flavours. Was so hard to choose as all sounded so good. We shared duck croquettes to start which were delicious. Then we ordered skate wing with curry sauce and aubergine bhuna with fennel bhaji and sourdough naan....Everything was cooked perfectly and tasted fantastic. Service was friendly and efficient. Could not fault in any way. Will definitely be back soon.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 10 September 2021

Wow! What a fabulous lunch! We sat in the Stag Inns lovely sunny and shady garden and had the best lunch. For starters, the burrata and heritage tomato salad was gorgeous and the lamb ribs with riata were covered in delicious herbs and spices, for...mains we had home smoked trout with samphire, broad beans and watercress salad with a black olive tapenade cheesy yummyness on the side and the roast quail with peas, courgette fritters all with a delicious creamy sauce. Top notch! Great service and lovely crisp cold wine to wash it all down with. Great coffee too. We'll be back next week!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 5 September 2021

My brother always likes me to book The Stag when he comes down from Oxfordshire to visit as it's his favourite pub, he enjoys the old fashioned quirky kind of pub with proper ale and good atmosphere. I was just going to book a table...to drink.. thinking limited space so likely table service only still. BUT I then took a look at the summer menu! I find a lot of pubs menus rather on the boring side tbh and often have two starters instead of a main, more interesting usually. BUT this menu was incredible from start to finish... I even had a dessert which is most unusual as impossible to resist trying such different creations.. well done chef!! AND as for the service - only two poor souls, male and female.. serving a full pub for food and drink.. we were eating outside... well they couldn't have done a better job.. yes I had to wait at the door for a bit, and yes the food took a while.. but as has been said in the media, i think many people are taking their Covid frustrations out on others who are in straightened circumstances with few staff available simply doing their best. The staff could not have been better frankly, and despite being in a rush for the several hours we were there... managed to be convivial and help create a lovely atmosphere for all! With so many pubs going out of business, please do support this one... only tiny, and always trying hard with good live music and Boxing Day fun!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 September 2021 via mobile

Travelled here from Eastbourne. The Stag is set slightly off the beaten track but in a beautiful historic street. The food was fantastic. All the dishes were generous and the food cooked to a high standard. Cumin lamb to start and lemon sole and cheese...and biscuits and half my other half’s sticky toffee pudding…!! if they had a sofa I would have had a lie down..!…we're going back soon.. well worth finding, you won’t be disappointed..my diet has stalled again! Good menu, not too big which is a positive in my view, but I fancied everything on it..! Staff lovely..More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 22 August 2021

Met family in Hastings after a year of not seeing them. For a treat we went to the Stag on All Saint's Street and what a welcoming place it was. The inn is still spaced so that tables are not too close to each other,...but then there is the option of the lovely garden where you can eat/ drink in a calm environment. The food - well, it was delicious. The menu had plenty but not too much to choose from, but there was something for everyone. Our table had a variety of chosen dishes from spatchcock quail to a very posh burger. Lots of fish dishes were available and there were a range of accompaniments including fennel slaw, samphire and English peas and broad beans, all expertly cooked by Ben the Head Chef. The service was excellent and staff exceptionally polite and friendly. The Stag is a gem. A short walk off the busy beaten track, but well worth the 5 minute walk from the seafront. Well done Ben and his team in the restaurant and Nick, Nicole and their team in the bar. CathyMore

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 29 June 2021 via mobile

My partner and I had the great pleasure of visiting The Stag with another couple last Friday evening. To say it was fabulous is in fairness father an understatement. We had a table booked on recommendation to dine. We were not disappointed, the food was...sublime. I can certainly recommend the Venison Vindaloo it was exquisite as was the Cuttlefish Bao bun I had to start. My companion’s food didn’t disappoint either. Service was prompt and super friendly. Staff were helpful, engaging and fun!! They accommodated us in the bar area after we had finished eating to listen to some excellent live music. I commend everyone at how well all the new social distancing restrictions were observed. The bill was very reasonable and I can’t wait to go back. A truly wonderful place.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 4 June 2021

Wow! My family and I were totally blown away by this pub. The Covid measures: plenty of space and ventilation made us instantly feel comfortable and confident that we were in a well run place. The food was absolutely delicious - sea bream cooked to...perfection, and great lamb (such a treat after 14 months of home-cooking). Our kids loved the food- and our dog was delighted by the little bowl of treats! The service was wonderful. We booked for outside but they even thought to save us a table inside when rain was forecast.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 1 June 2021

Stunning 16th century pub in Hastings old town. The staff were superb, the welcome and service was warm and friendly and the menu was excellent, offering fresh, imaginative dishes and an extensive drinks menu. We sat in the garden which has three tiers of well...set out tables in a lovely garden space and a warm sun trap. Pet friendly, the dog was well catered for as well! I couldn't recommend this more highly. If you're looking for good food in lovely surroundings, away from the conveyor belt of fish and chipsMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 30 May 2021 via mobile

This is the second time we have visited the Stag when visiting from Brighton and it’s still as good as ever. The food was fantastic with a creative menu but reasonably priced . I went for Scotch egg with triple cooked chips which was so...good. The 2 ladies serving were really friendly and also made the evening . The pub is very COVID safe and would thoroughly recommend.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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17 May 2018|
Response from Stag H | Property representative |
I'm afraid not. It's a 16th century building so it's very difficult to get planning permission to change the external structure. There are a flight of steps leading up to the front door which are not wheelchair friendly... More
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Yes, The Stag Inn, Hastings is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Stag Inn, Hastings is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4