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Pub Of The Month - November 2020 with ROBCamra on the Pub Forum

The Crown & Anchor, Eastbourne

Marine Parade
BN21 3DX
Phone: 01323642500

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Steve of N21 left this review about The Crown & Anchor

Sounds like this pub has been smartened up with a bit of a refurbishment since previous reviews and now has a focus on food as well as wet sales. Internally it’s a modern decor with mainly plain tiled and wooden floors, pastel coloured walls with some typical exposed brick walls in places, one of which has a large chalk board with the food menu. The main bar room has wooden table and chairs throughout but still plenty of bar stools around the square bar area. To the right is still a more public area with pool table and dart boards but still quite smart with plenty of comfortable seating and then upstairs is a function room and access to the very good outside balcony area with limited seating providing wonderful views of the sea.
The food is decent pub grub rather than gastro with the usual Beer battered fish and chips and assorted burgers coming in around £10 and we found it a decent stop for a spot of lunch. Walked past it every night in the evening when it was significantly livelier with a younger crowd (presumably due to its prominent position near the sea front and the closest decent pub to the pier) and there are regular live music acts at the weekend who I presume play in the function room upstairs.
The only downside is that this is a Greedy King pub and of the four real ale hand pumps three had Old Speckled Hen, Greene King IPA and Hardys & Hansons Olde Trip and the fourth was unclipped, although according to the barman the fourth one usually had a changing guest ale but I was just unlucky for my visit.
Good pub and deservedly popular , but due to the ale choice I ducked it in the evenings for the Belgium Cafe further along the seafront.

On 11th July 2019 - rating: 7
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BRUMMIE STEVE left this review about The Crown & Anchor

Exellent sea front location, was my first pub on a recent visit to Eastbourne.
Reasonably priced drinks for the sea front and really good food served all day.

On 11th June 2011 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about The Crown & Anchor

I think that this pub has been designed for the younger pub goer with two pool tables and a dartboard in a large room with a smaller area for drinking and talking up some stairs. GK IPA and Old Speckled Hen were available alongside bog standard lagers. The barman was nice, but the pub was loud with no atmosphere.

I found it strange that there is a mural above the door saying ‘CIRCA 1930'. Surly they must know the exact year it was built.

On 11th August 2008 - rating: 7
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train man left this review about The Crown & Anchor

Spitfire, 6X, & Bass. Bass was ropey, Spitfire ran out but was fine when changed. Modern looking bar on one side, sofas & dartboard sit a little oddly together, blackboard dangerously close to dartboard for someone scoring a player as bad as me. Somewhat lacking in character.

On 29th July 2007 - no rating submitted
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