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After paying the nearby Foresters a visit, we pulled up outside the Kings Head, the brewery tap for the 1648 brewery. I'm surprised to see that the pub hasn't been in the Good Beer Guide since 2009. So I suspect there was a falling out with CAMRA? Nevertheless, this is a good pub with a large room around the bar and a side function room. There is also a patio at the rear for smokers. 3 of the brewery's ales were on - Bee Head, Signature & Laughing Frog. Also available was Harveys Sussex Best Bitter. You can also buy bottles to take out. Recommended.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Sep 2013 18:25
What a find! A lovely country pub with its own micro brewery next door. Sit out the front and watch the world pass by or in the lovely walled garden out the back and watch the pet rabbits and ducks. A varying range of ales on sale with a new one every month. The two I tried were lovely. Well worth finding.
BiffoBeer - 31 Jul 2012 14:14
I was looking forward to visiting this pub but due to lack of appropriate attire (tweed jackets, breeches and girls socks) we wernt given the warmest of welcomes (saved for the local shooting club). Beer seemed OK but didnt stay around for second pint
ratfan - 30 Oct 2011 19:18
A very warm welcome from the landlord and explanation of the 1648 ales on offer. Beer quality tip top and sandwich and the lunch we had was good too. Well worth a visit.
Alan_br12df - 19 Jun 2011 20:26
Great pub! Excellent choice of real ales from the micro brewery, good food very reasonably priced, friendly staff. What more could you want?!
PubLunches - 18 Aug 2009 08:04
This attractive 17th century pub is home to the 1648 Brewing Company which is located in the old stables next door. And as such you can expect a good range of their beers available (along with Alton’s Pride and Harvey’s Sussex Best on my visit) and – as you would expect from a brewpub – the beer quality was excellent in the three I tried.

As noted below, look out for the unusual (unique?) double-decker urinal arrangement. Both appear to plumbed, so take your pick! And watch your head on the way out!

The pub itself is light, airy and catches the sun well. There is an attractive tiled-floor room in addition to the main bar which is decorated with some nice painted bottles along the ledging.

All in all, a super pub and well recommended.
Quinno - 31 May 2009 18:18
Been in here a few times in the last couple of months and the beer is always on excellent form. usually three of their own and one guest. The 1648 Signature is very good. The food is not bad either. If you get ten of you to go you can have a brewery tour (cowshed at the side I think!) Carefree
Henners - 23 Apr 2009 12:36
Oooops, forgot to mention the interesting double decker urinal in the gents for those who like to 'splash their boots!'
More than 5'10" tall? ....beware the low beam above the steps as you return to the bar!!
bobinman - 21 Mar 2009 07:05
I visited here yesterday lunchtime and had a warm welcome from the bar staff. The 1648 Smokey Nol was also very pleasant. Will be back soon with a load of mates!!!
bobinman - 21 Mar 2009 06:57
As a local for over 1 year I found this pub my home away from home. The locals were a friendly bunch and the bar always remembers your drink. Being from the States made no difference , I was always treated like a local. Hello to Huey who my kids and I miss deeply..
lbdoc - 3 Apr 2008 06:05
discovered one lunchtime on a trip to Eastbourne, superb pint of 1648 signature and great food, had lamb chops cooked to perfection, will return.
farmersboy - 14 Mar 2008 21:09
Been to this pub twice (weekend afternoons) and have been impressed at the quality of the beer and the friendliness of the staff. I will certainly look to return!
gelksy - 8 Jan 2008 15:47
Tried this pub recently having tasted there "signature" ale at the beer eastbourne festival, although very slow to get a beer it was worth the wait.
kenpete - 12 Dec 2007 21:58
Nice pub, friendly people. Great beer (1648) I tryed St. George really good. Anywhere else stock this brew?
anonymous - 11 Sep 2007 22:24
Paid another visit last weekend and again found the pub welcoming. The Three Threads was particularly good. The fine weather allowed us to sit in the very pleasant garden. Even the presence of some local Tory canvassers having their lunch break didn't spoil the atmosphere. The very friendly pub dog would be better company though!
southdown12jack - 20 Apr 2007 15:56
I'm inclined to agree with the last comments. I looked in briefly the other week, mainly because I'd just been reading the diaries of Thomas Turner, who owned a shop in E. Hoathly and, for a time, this pub, in the 18th Century.
I was slightly disappointed by the inside, as compared to the inviting exterior of the pub, but it had the air of a good, honest village local, and I certainly didn't find the inmates either rude or unfriendly - quite the opposite, in fact.
The 1648 beer was a nice surprise too; I hadn't known about it when I went in, and the one pint I had was a good introduction.
earlydrinker - 2 Nov 2006 14:50
The previous reviewer must have picked a bad day! I found this to be a very pleasant place and the Winter Warrant beer was excellent. The only reason I left when I did was because my bus was due!
southdown12jack - 6 Apr 2006 15:04
Visited 15 Oct 05. Drawn to this pub becuase of 1648 brewery on the premises. On the outside this looks a very attractive place, and had lots of day trippers outside. However once inside, you realise why. The locals are definately not friendly. They all sit at the bar, making reading the beer tabs an impossibility,and a simple "excuse me", will be ignored.

I had 1648 Original, which was in good condition. It would have been nice to have gone through the range (the beer names all have a connection to Charles' I execution), but a pub that unwelcoming does not deserve my custom.
cackgsy - 16 Oct 2005 17:00
CAMRA South East Sussex Pub of the year 2003.
1648 Brewing CO Ltd
Robert Wallace - 9 Sep 2004 15:42

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