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Why 'sadly'? If the been is well kept, SN beer can beer magnificent. But it has to be well kept. This place keeps it well (but not magnificently). The best thing about this pub is its atmosphere, and good staff (for George Street) who remembered me from a while ago... and then, when I came in a couple of days later with my family, remembered by family, but mostly the food. The food is over-priced, but it is superlative. Have the fish platter (which they do in season). Yes, at £15 it is steep, but well... WELL... worth it.
TinkertyTonk - 18 Jul 2016 18:12
Always worth a visit, but is not quite to the standard of it's high water mark years of 10 years ago. Shepherd Neame sadly.
pubking78 - 17 Mar 2014 13:15
Great place for people watching, good service, decent choice of beers which are all well kept. Wish it was my local.
workhard - 5 Aug 2013 15:58
Seems that the prices have gone up now.
MSE12 - 13 Jul 2012 08:11
New owners....much improved.
MSE12 - 24 Jun 2012 12:43
Best people watching spot in the old town. Good well kept beers and Thatchers Gold now on draft for those hot summer days. Made the decision to relocate here easier.
Toddster - 28 Oct 2011 19:34
Visited September 2011 Evening

Hassle free visit where we drank shorts outside on the cobbles whilst being entertained by a Bob Dylan busker! Friendly staff and the inside has an all round good feel to it. 7/10
Bitterville - 30 Sep 2011 00:07
Well described by Roger B ... loved the huge old fireplaces in this pub.

Sadly as with nearly all Shepherd Neame pubs, they only have Wrongbow Cider and Oranjeboom Lager.

Worth a visit.
Pat_Bateman - 23 Aug 2010 09:48
This decent little Shepherd Neame pub, situated in the heart of the picturesque old town, is probably overlooked by most visitors due to its location opposite the more alluring Olde Pump House. The interior consists of various semi-knocked through rooms surround a central bar and has a bit of a scruffy feel but the bare floors, sooty fireplaces and random furniture do give it a bit of character to lift it above some of its more mundane neigbours. 4 pumps all operational; Spitfire, Master Brew, Bishops Finger and Whitstable Bay bringing up the numbers, a bit pricey but decent enough quality. Background music is a bit louder than most but it has to be said whoever was chucking coins in the jukebox when I was there made a pretty decent and eclectic choice. There is also live music so it�s not generally a place for peace and quiet. If the interior is too shabby for your tastes, the limited outside seating is great for people watching and trying to guess whether Ye Olde Pump House is really as old as it looks.
RogerB - 24 Aug 2009 22:09
Had many good nights here when I lived in the area. One of the better old town pubs. Beer was usually good and when the fire got going it was great though everyone would end up coming out smelling of wood smoke. Much better than the Pump House !
Howellsey - 27 Apr 2009 22:09
Although this place is not as interesting as the pub opposite I have to say that there were twice as many (4) ales on during my visit and they were much better kept. The staff were nice enough, but I think that the music was a tad loud for a Mothering Sunday afternoon.

The pub is basically a large room with the bar in the middle and I�d imagine it is very nice in the winter months when the huge fireplace is utilised.

This isn�t the most interesting place, but the beer was up to scratch and I would go back again.
Strongers - 31 Mar 2009 06:46
Normally I can be somewhat scathing about Shepherd Neame pubs. The reason being their beer selection is tied to the output of the Shepherd Neame brewery, and so few of their pubs serve anything more than Masterbrew and Spitfire (if you�re lucky).
The Anchor did three Shepherd Neame lagers and four Shepherd Neame ales. We stopped off for a pint on the way back to the railway station � I had three.
And their jukebox is probably the best for miles around. thisd place warrants a well deserved 8/10.
MankyBadger - 26 Feb 2009 20:43
A pretty good old town pub in a nice location. Good selection of well kept Shepherd Neame ales.
Floyd - 29 Sep 2008 12:31
Went in last night (Saturday) & couldn't get near the bar. A Good sign?
zagreb - 1 Jun 2008 16:31
A Sheps pub opposite the Pump House. A bohemian student pub with bare boards and central island bar. Quite ramshackle, but taking advantage of that and making it the main point of interest. The floors slope to the west. The small room at the back features graffiti on the walls, the bar and starting on the ceiling - it's not good quality, mainly unimaginative swear words and women declaring how inadequate men are.

Four Sheps ale - Master Brew, Spitfire, Bishops Finger and the spring seasonal, Early Bird.

Quirky, interesting, laid back with OK food.

Apparently there was no soap in the women's loo. But it's still an above above pub with character.
SilkTork - 20 Mar 2008 19:50
Four decent ales on the hand pump, including the Shepherd Neame porter which is excellent. Good food, friendly service. Will certainly be going back.
MankyBadger - 18 Feb 2008 22:38
Very old old town pub a bit rough and ready, nice pint of bishops finger on pump, full of locals noisy atmosphere, would go again but not really my scene.
real_ale_ade - 21 Jan 2008 13:05
Reasonable enough Old Town pub - seemed to be mostly locals in rather than tourists. Nice pint of Sheps Porter.
rpadam - 31 Dec 2007 22:41
Go in here whenever I am in Hastings Old Town.

A lovely little pub with a real mix of people.

Staff are excellent, friendly and attentive.

The food available is a basic bar snack menu only available in the day to my knowledge. But food is excellent and very well priced.

Never been here in the evening but I believe they have the occasional live band.
RobD - 4 Jul 2007 17:26
Not bad pub, good welcome and service, beers were OK
ensuitekitchen - 12 Dec 2006 11:04
Bland pub with badly kept ales, I tried two and both were vinegar, I didn't dare to stay and try the fayre.
anonymous - 28 Oct 2006 07:47

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