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Royal Hotel, St Leonards on Sea

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Not only was it £5 for a pint of Moretti (here?) but I had to wait about 10 minutes to get served because there was only one person serving when it was a baking hot Saturday afternoon and there was a street market outside. On the plus side, it looks quite nice inside following a refurbishment last year. London Pride and Doom Bar were the unappealing ales. The pub next door was much busier if that signifies anything.
paul_d102 - 3 Jul 2018 14:48
Seems to be on the up now. They have recently appeared on social media and are boasting a cheap £5 Sunday lunch. A well known local band have been booked for early March and some other live music dates are planned. Now been in for ages, but planning to visit when the pub band plays see what is on offer.
wanderjahre - 10 Mar 2015 08:07
Unfortunately S & N just don't care so not only has the kitchen been closed for ages, the coffee machine similarly broken and not fixed, the beer & wine fridges often broken so nice warm tonic with your gin or even hot white and rose wine.

Even with the Railway across the road now closed most customers of both have abandoned it and the staff are demoralized.

Textbook example of the worst way to run a pub while they are still advertising to try to find a tenant to take it on, some hope as onerous terms! So long as you don't need to use the loos even the P.O.W. is now better.
oldiedrinker - 24 Feb 2011 12:23
Dropped in last Saturday at about 9pm and the place was practically empty, which does not bode well. The staff were friendly enough and the beer was tolerable if not great. Interior was clean and I have seen far worse so the lack of punters was puzzling! I am wondering if I have missed a decent little boozer here and may return next weekend.
wanderjahre - 22 Oct 2010 12:23
Sad news is that Ian and his family, who have done so much to improve the food and ambiance, are leaving shortly. Seems the pubco's promises were not kept and in fact the pubco itself is now under wing of S & N management.
9.4.2010 Oldie drinker.
oldiedrinker - 9 Apr 2010 17:40
The smoking laws mean that the front door decoration of pubs like this is some creature of the night with his dodgy roll-up. Doesn't help the image of the pub. I have intended to drop in several times, but almost every time I have passed by there seems to be some altercation going on.

In its defence, when I have been in there the beer was very good and I greatly regret the passing of the Deuchars as the local beer. May be a bit like the "Ship of Fools" in Croydon, where to need to get past the congregation of the weird and wonderful to get the quiet and peaceful area at the moment.
wanderjahre - 31 Mar 2010 12:13
Only went to this pub because we needed some food. Directors was fine and the food was cheap and excellent.
blatters2001 - 4 Jan 2010 19:02
Well I used to go in here a lot and I met some nice people. Yeah there were some unpleasant people but they weren't regulars!

Good community pub with a meat raffle on occasion, the landlord at the time is a nice guy - bar staff generally very friendly

I haven't lived down this way for well over a year, I have good memories and if I ever come back, I won't hesitate to visit this place!
zogdragon - 7 Dec 2009 21:27
Dramatic changes recently at The Royal or Adrian bolt & Zagrab have mistaken it for another. Visited 4 times now and found the toilets always very clean as is the pub itself. Fresh flowers on tables is dining area & good choice of fresh as well as ping food, in particular the large herby & lemon chicken salad was excelent & under a fiver. The toast BLT was also a bargain & rolls are only 1.I have never seen an altercation nor have I felt intimidated (I am 70) although the language of some customers is earthy but quite typical of the working and benefits classes of the area.175 glass of Merlot only 1.90, pint lager 2.95, 2 real ales & real coffee. I will certainly return both to eat/drink and for a wee !
oldiedrinker - 2 Aug 2009 16:52
Hey - ive been in this place a few times and have never had a bad pint although their range of beers isnt great. The staff are always polite and welcolming and the atmosphere has always seemed real nice. Ive never eaten here but the food ive seen served always looks good tukker.
r.hotson - 25 Jul 2009 20:44
This is a great pub, it has the occasional strange customer but overall it is happy place to visit. As for the food in this public house I can say that it is of a very high standard and not microwaved. On a Sunday many local people go there for a roast diner myself included. As for the occasional fights they happen in most pubs. The staff are polite and have formed a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
beerintheevening99 - 25 Jul 2009 04:59
I completely concur with zagreb on this one.
This ranks amongst the worst pubs that I have ever had the misfortune to enter.
Putrid beer, microwaved food and noxious loos.
There is usually a crowd of feral, chav types lingering in the entrance - every other word is foul and there is a general air of menace. I have seen numerous fights here in the last six months or so.
Why don't the owners do something to deal with this behaviour - it is the first thing that the unfortunate visitor to St Leonards sees upon leaving their train at the station opposite.

adrianboult - 13 Jun 2009 14:54
Right opposite Warrior Square Station. Please don't go in here. The beer was vile. Go next door to the very quaint Railway. Bar staff are barking mad, but at least you will leave alive.

zagreb - 22 May 2009 01:07

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