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Victoria Hotel, Eastbourne Town, Eastbourne

27 Latimer Road
Eastbourne
BN22 7BU
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Steve of N21 left this review about Victoria Hotel

This was the closest pub to our B&B during our recent visit to Eastbourne and we utilised it for an early evening beer on a couple of evenings before moving off into town.
A good traditional interior which is unchanged from previous reviews and is as described below, it was a bit quiet on our mid week visit, with just a couple of old boys in but not so on the early Friday evening when we popped in when it was standing room only and quite an eclectic mix of locals including what I took to be quite a mature hen party group.
This is a Harvey’s house and the same three Harvey’s beers as per the previous reviews were on and the Armada was a very well kept pint.

On 14th July 2019 - rating: 7
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John Bonser left this review about Victoria Hotel

Occupying a street corner position in a residential side street a block or so inland from the sea front is The Victoria Hotel, a fine, welcoming, traditional, community orientated, local.

It’s a Victorian era pub with a door on each street, indicating a former multi bar pub. We now have a comfortable, carpeted single bar pub with a semi circular central bar servery. The interior features gold, floral wallpaper, a number of old pictures of Queen Victoria, a high burgundy coloured ceiling and the trademark large arched windows. Hanging from the ceiling is a collection of jugs and these extend to the shelves round the perimeter of the room. The seating area is divided into small semi circular seating areas with padded seats. High up on the bar back is a collection of beer bottles. Old small circular photos of former kings and queens etched into the windows add to the traditional feel, although these are obviously not original. Reminiscent of Eastenders, a bust of Queen Victoria occupies a prominent position on the bar counter. Overall, the pub still retains something of a feel of a pub from an earlier, maybe better, era of pub going.

A separate room at the back of the pub – probably the former official public bar – is more basic and contains a pool table and a Toad in the Hole game. On the walls here are the usual photos of a selection of other Harvey’s pubs. A door here leads out to a pleasant outside seating courtyard area.

The Victoria Hotel is a Harvey’s tied outlet which, on my visit, was serving Best, Old and Armada. Beers sampled were in good form, as befits a CAMRA Good Beer Guide regular.

A page in the pub menu exhorts me to “why not visit our other pubs in the area – The Heath, Haywards Heath and The Alma, Uckfield” which, noting that no reference is made to Harvey’s other Eastbourne pubs, suggests to me that the two named pubs are under the same individual tenancy.

Accommodation is offered, but, despite the name, this is first and foremost a fine, traditional pub.

This pub was specifically recommended to me as one to prioritise when in Eastbourne. I’m well glad that I made the effort to seek it out and I’d be looking to return when the opportunity presents itself.

On 1st January 2014 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Victoria Hotel

Having enjoyed a pleasant stroll along the seafront in the unusually hot October weather, we made a short detour to this fine Harvey’s pub for a bite to eat and some much needed liquid refreshment. The pub has a traditional two room interior and the entrance takes you into the warm and welcoming main bar which has a slightly opened out area to the left with a fair bit of seating and numerous pictures of Queen Victoria. Additional seating is provided opposite the bar counter and this area was full with people enjoying the Merseyside derby on a TV screen mounted on the front wall. The second room to the rear of the main bar was almost entirely filled by a pool table and has a very short stretch of bar counter. A door at the back of the room leads to the garden, although it initially appeared to be the door for the gents, which are actually located just beyond this doorway. The patio garden gets its fair share of sun and I found it a nice spot to enjoy the last few rays of sun of 2011.
There were three Harvey’s beers on when we visited - Best, Old Ale and Armada (£3.35), with the latter in excellent shape. Another handpull was dispensing Old Rosie Scrumpy and menus throughout the pub listed the full Harvey’s range as being available in bottled form. The food was very reasonably priced with most mains around £7 and I thought the portion sizes were rather generous. I had the chicken which was very nice and great value for money.
This is a really friendly and well run local's pub of the sort that I would be quite happy to while away an afternoon in and it is well worth seeking out.

On 15th October 2011 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Eastbourne, 0.94 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Hampden Park (Sussex), 2.6 miles, 50 min walk (show)
Pevensey & Westham, 3.61 miles, 1 hr 9 min walk (show)
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14th Jul 2019, 17:12
Review submitted by Steve of N21 amended by Steve of N21
 
14th Jul 2019, 17:11
Review submitted by Steve of N21

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 13 September 2013 by David McNally
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 04 January 2014 by Steve C
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - April - last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 04 January 2014 by Steve C
  • Car Park : No last updated 04 January 2014 by Steve C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 04 January 2014 by Steve C
  • Darts : Yes last updated 13 September 2013 by David McNally
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 10 March 2011 by hondo .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 13 September 2013 by David McNally
  • Pinball : No last updated 04 January 2014 by Steve C
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 13 September 2013 by David McNally
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 13 September 2013 by David McNally
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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