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The Town House, Eastbourne Town, Eastbourne

12 Seaside Road
BN21 3PA

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Town House

No-nonsense town-centre boozer with sports TVs and a semi-modern refurbished interior. Not much choice on the drinks front, although the Harvey's (£3.50) from one of the three handpumps was in good shape. Most unusual feature: a selection of filled rolls on the counter, £2.00 each and a rarity in these southern parts.

On 8th November 2019 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about The Town House

Yesterday (Saturday) afternoon was my first visit here since the name change to the Town House which happened some years ago. The pool tables and dartboard have now disappeared, but the plasma screens remain. These were showing muted horse racing whilst some background music played. A major gripe I used to have with this place was the uncomfortable seating arrangement at the front of the pub. This has now been remedied by the removal of some tables and better furniture selection.
The standard keg products remain and the cask ale hand pump count now sits at six. These were drawing Sharp’s Doom Bar, Adnams Ghost Ship, Robinson’s Trooper, Harveys’ Best, Dark Star’s Hophead and Brains’ The Rev James. Pub grub is now available all day, examples of which are lasagne and chips for £8.95 and a burger and a pint for £8.50. All of the ales are priced at £3.50 a pint. Roast dinners are available on Sundays from midday until 17:00.
This pub has greatly improved and is now back on my radar as a decent town centre watering hole.

On 8th May 2016 - rating: 7
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angie mallafre left this review about The Royal Sovereign

I took over this pub in at the end of January , I was aware of the pubs history but i am still shocked to see the comment below.
It has changed hands many times some good some bad, We are not perfect but it has come along way all ready. We have been entered for cellar of the year and have got our cask mark . There are six hand pumps, three are used for Traditional cider and three for ale. A selection of 4 lagers and variety of spirits, Food is served mon to fri 11 - 6 and sundays 12 - 3 Homemade Roast Dinners only (First pub to win roast of the week on Facebook). There is always something going on Poker, Bingo, Karaoke and live bands every friday and saturday. The staff have worked really hard and have just raised £1600 for cancer research by turning the pub pink for a week. As i said we are not perfect but come and see for your self.

On 2nd August 2012 - rating: 8
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BRUMMIE STEVE left this review about The Royal Sovereign

Having read some of the reviews about this pub I was abit uneasy about going in during a recent
visit to Eastbourne, how'ever I found it to be a really good pub and reasonably priced.
They did have a couple of hand pulled beers on but after trying them both I did'nt find them to
my taste so drank the Strongbow. A really good jam night on the Thursday I visited.

On 11th June 2011 - rating: 7
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Steve C left this review about The Royal Sovereign

I heard through the grape vine a while ago that there are new managers of this pub so decided to make a return visit last night to see if there had been any improvement on the travesty of a pub I encountered almost two years ago. I am happy to report that I found a much friendlier pub and although it’s still not the best pub in town it is much improved. The random spot search signs have gone and the poem advising people to use toilet paper rather than the walls has also disappeared. My wife’s lager was good and a friendly barman served me a decent pint of Guinness. Four hand pumps are unused, but Meekhams Southern Pride and Abbot were available from the working two. There are now two pool tables at the rear and the dartboard is still in situ. A plasma screen can be found at the front of the pub and this was showing the David Haye fight on 3D pay-per-view. There are also signs around the pub advertising Premier League football and I spotted one signalling an upcoming live music night, but this was in a few weeks so it is not a regular occurrence.

I didn't notice any signs for food other than the burgers etc that were available for the boxing night, but there is obviously a working kitchen so I would be surprised if food wasn't served throughout the day.

On the negative side I will mention that the seating at the front of the pub isn’t laid out in the most comfortable fashion and the locals prefer to line the bar which can make access a bit tricky.

This place could do with some refurbishment as it has seen better days, but it is now a place I would have no problem returning to and I have upped my rating from a two to a six.


7th January 2009

I was utterly disappointed with this place as for some unfathomable reason I had it in my head that it was going to be a good old fashioned boozer – How wrong I was!

After walking in and spotting the sign on the door saying that anyone that refused a random on the spot search would be barred I was confronted with six unused hand pumps and a limited bog standard lager selection. After the barman had finished his chinwag I ordered a Stella as everyone else seemed to be drinking it and a shandy for the wife before finding a seat at the back of the pub by the pool table and dartboard. Some old boy walked up to the jukebox and I was taken aback as he put on some horrendous brain splittingly loud R&B. I was in a prime location to watch the dregs of society constantly wandering out the back for a fag and putting umpteen pounds into the ‘pay as you stay warm' heater.

I was starting to regret that I wasn't challenged for a search as I would have walked out even before the wife commented that the place was crap. Before we escaped I popped into the toilet for a quick pee and noticed the poem on the wall advising people to use toilet paper to wipe their arses rather than the wall.

So, if you've ever been to a pub full of chav kids and wondered where their parents are look no further – they are in the Royal Sovereign listening to crap music, drinking crap lager and wiping their backsides on the brickwork.

On 14th November 2010 - rating: 6
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