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Old Star Ale and Cider House, Shoreham by Sea - pub details

Address: Church Street, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5DQ [map] [gmap]

Nearest train stations Shoreham-by-sea (0.2 miles), Shoreham-by-Sea (0.2 miles), Southwick (1.8 miles)

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user reviews of Old Star Ale and Cider House, Shoreham by Sea

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Excellent, if small, pub. A nice selection of beers and friendly owners. My only complaint would be that - it's a small pub and when we visited it was very busy - we were lucky to find a seat. Only to be moved a short while later to make room for the live musicians.
A small pub, so full that some people were drinking outside - turning customers away so that you can fit in a couple of musicians - why? You couldn't have fitted any more customers in anyway, so why the live music? Not to draw in more customers, that's for sure.
Trequites - 10 Jun 2018 18:40
Micropub seems to be the modern term for the old street corner local pub before the breweries, pubcos etc decided that small pubs and bars weren't worth their effort and wanted us all to frequent their vast drinking barns and drink what they wanted us to.... anyhow this is a pleasant and friendly little local pub with ales served straight from the cask.
Snarling_Mallard - 25 Feb 2018 01:06
A pleasant afternoon meandering around Shoreham finally got brought to an end when the sun disappeared behind some nasty black clouds and a cold wind started to blow. Time for a pint or two!

Located in a small side street off the main road, I discovered the Old Star..

Firstly what it is not..
* It is not for you if you want to drink fizzy lager with crowds of 18-year olds;
* It is not for you if you want an expensive bistro-type pub with low leather sofas and flowers on the tables
* It is not for you if the choice of salads is more important than the quality of the ale..[actually they don't offer food]

Caveats aside, what is the Old Ale and Cider House like?
First it's small: maybe 20 feet long by 15 feet wide. It's very simply decorated with white walls, and the seating consists of two wooden benches and half-dozen stools at the bar.

It is unashamedly focussed on top-quality real ale and cider.

Beer is served from the casks which are mounted on a rack behind the bar. Three beers were being served with three more resting.

I started with Phoenix, a light golden ale of 4.1%. Well-cellared, brim-full with a not-too-overpowering flavour, it was excellent!

Next was a pint of Turner's American Pale Ale at 4.7%. More rounded than some pale ales, this was fuller of flavour, fresh and slipped down easily!

Final pint was a Filton's Black Ale at looked like a porter and carried a strength and 'solidity' that immediately commanded respect. Again it was fresh, well-cellared and brim-full.

On my second pint, Richard the new landlord came over, sat down and asked me what I thought of his beer..I was impressed with his attitude and we had a good discussion about his offerings.

Six ciders were also available on draught; plus a number of bottled ciders. I didn't see any draught lager.

Customers were mainly men, knew their beer, but welcomed me in: a couple of them introduced themselves.

I was sorry when the time for my departing train got closer and I had to reluctantly bid farewell.

If top quality beer is your goal and you're within reach of Shoreham, make sure you visit this unusual little watering hole!

DavidCL - 8 Oct 2015 11:11
Cracking little bar with great beer at reasonable prices. What's not to like.
addlened - 2 Jul 2015 14:07
Good little micro pub serving three ales direct from the cask. Hugh is a very welcoming host, and very keen to talk about the ales. Shoreham is a decent little pub crawl.
pwilkins - 20 Apr 2015 13:18

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