The Stag Inn, Hastings

The Stag Inn

  • Welcome to The Stag

The Stag Inn is a traditional and historic pub nestled beneath the East Hill on the edge of Hastings Old Town offering a warm friendly welcome, fine ales, ciders, wines and spirits. It is also believed to be one of the oldest pub's still open in Hastings.

Standing in an elevated position on the eastward side of All Saints Street, with plenty of character,  the pub dates from 1547.  It has a wealth of oak beams, winding passages and stairways. The front is in Georgian style, added by the Victorians. There are beautiful fireplaces and a secret passage, filled in around forty years ago, that possibly, led to All Saints churchyard.

In it's time the pub has held historic connections with notorious smuggling gangs and characters from local folklore. The Stag continues to hold strong associations with local traditions such as Jack in the Green, Sussex Bonfire and Carnival as well as being home to regular live music and singing.

There are two bars. The front is the most commonly used and features the famous "mummified" cats. More correctly smoke dried cats, they were found in a chimney on the first floor during the 1940s. Until the 1980's they hung from the corner of the metal work above the bar. Due to their fragile state it was decided to rehouse them in their current abode in a custom made wooden case. There is no historical evidence, but it is popularly believed they belonged to Hannah Clarke, a witch, who is said to have occupied the Stag in the earlier part of its existence.

The back bar is multifunctional. It's a dining room, it's a snug bar, it's a music room and we hold the vast majority of our singing sesssions in there. 

From taking over on the 3rd August 2015 we will be unable to offer food initially but over the forthcoming weeks and months we will be undertaking works as necessary to bring the kitchen up to a high standard of functionality and hygiene.

We very much look forward to welcoming friends old and new to this new chapter in the life of The Stag Inn. 

Allan & Sam

Outside, at the rear, is the designated smoking area, a patio and a further two tiers of a steeply inclined garden. The middle tier features picnic tables whilst the top tier features a newly planted orchard with a bower and a large wicker man. The Garden is fairly overgrown and we will be unertaking the necessary works to turn this into a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the day.

During the summer months the garden attracts many visitors. It is not suitable as a children's play area, due to its steepness, and for the same reason food is not served above the patio level.

For entertainment, Tuesday's are an open English Folk session which has been in existence for over forty years. Bluegrass music on Wednesdays, and Shanty singing with the Hastings Shanty Singers on Thursdays. Other bands are occasionally booked for the weekends.

Find out more about the Stag Inn on Wikipedia