The Stag Inn, Hastings

The Stag Inn

  • The Stag Inn

  • The Stag Inn open fire

  • The Stag Inn front bar

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.

The pub dates from 1547 and stands in an elevated position on the eastward side of All Saints Street. Step inside and you are greeted with a tudor oak beamed ceiling and stone arched fireplace dating from when the pub was built. The facade, whilst Georgian in style and appearance was added in Victorian times. In the cellar there is the now blocked entrance to a secret passage which is believed to have lead to All Saints churchyard and may have been used by smugglers in the 18th Century. The passage was blocked approximately 45 years ago

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. They hung from the corner of the metal work above the bar until the 1980s and due to their fragile state it was decided to rehouse them in a custom made wooden case. Whilst there is no historical evidence It is believed that these cats once belonged to Hannah Clarke, a witch, who is said to have occupied the Stag in its early days.

Since taking the pub over on the 3rd August 2015, we have set out to give the pub a much needed facelift. The brewery have made a significant contribution to the refurbishment work, particularly the exteiror of the buildiing,  kitchen and toilets. 

Details of food service times are shown in the "food" section of this website. Please contact the pub for menu availability and bookings.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to 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 song sessions on the first and third Thursday of each month. Other bands are occasionally booked for the weekends.

Find out more about the Stag Inn on Wikipedia