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The Wheatsheaf Inn, Eastbourne

Church Street
Willingdon
Postal town: Eastbourne
BN20 9HP
Phone: 01323502069
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Wheatsheaf Inn

What an excellent pub to be the 1000th pub that I’ve reviewed on Pubs Galore. I see it as proof that my efforts have not gone unrewarded, and as a sign that I should continue zealously my efforts. Spotting this pub down a side street off the main Willingdon Village road at dusk, illuminated in a warm and welcoming way, it was a no-brainer when one one of my companions suggested we drop in for a swift one. The structure and internal layout remains as described by other posters. The door in the centre through which we entered is still signed as the Public Bar, with the connected room on the right probably originally being the Saloon Bar. It’s low-ceilinged and dark-beamed as any self-respecting country pub should be. I detected something of a musical theme, with a piano at the back of the right hand bar, with an accordion resting on it and a guitar suspended from the ceiling. The bar counter in the saloon bar section, and the windows at the back, look relatively modern, but the rest appears original or at least pretty ancient. The walls are covered with all manner of interesting prints. All the tables bore a small vase containing a sprig of carnations, which Mrs R considered to be a big plus factor.
The ale selection is at least as good as experienced by previous reviewers. They had Timothy Taylor Landlord, Harvey’s Best, Skinner’s Betty Stogs, and Beachy Head Legless Rambler on handpump, supplemented by a cask of Harvey’s Old gravity dispensed on the bar counter. I didn’t see a menu, but there was a Sunday buffet available (evidently also available on Boxing Day) for £6.50 a pop. I didn’t get a close look at what was available, but I did see a range of sandwiches as well as a selection of cheeses.
We really enjoyed our short sojourn here and I for one would be delighted if I could find my way here for another pint or two sometime.

On 29th December 2011 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Wheatsheaf Inn

An ancient-looking inn with retro Courage branding located in the pretty village of Willingdon, which I sampled on the strength of Steve’s review below. On approach off the main road to Eastbourne, the pub is rather overshadowed a looming tree opposite which gives it an almost woodland feel. It’s large inside, with a two room arrangement, linked by a knocked through wall at the far end of the island bar, with a small extra room leading off to the left and a functional garden to the rear. The interior has lost a bit of character by the looks of it, too many botched ‘improvements’ undertaken in the 70’s I think. Four ales available - Harveys Sussex Best, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Hop Back Summer Lightning and Skinners Betty Stoggs, along with some interesting bottled ales (Harveys Elizabeth, Hepworth and others). We managed three of the four ales and the condition of each was good and prices reasonable. Tempted by the food, we tucked into some excellent stuff and my rabbit pie hit the spot; I’d say it’s well-worth eating here – the food was clearly home-cooked fayre and worth the extra couple of quid compared to the usual deep-fried gubbins elsewhere. Service behind the bar was friendly too.

A really enjoyable visit and I’d recommend it to anyone finding themselves in the area.

On 23rd August 2011 - rating: 8
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Steve C left this review about The Wheatsheaf Inn

The Wheatsheaf is one of two pubs in this part of Willingdon and in my opinion it is the better option as I found there to be more atmosphere and more of a pub feel. There was a jam night in progress during my recent Wednesday evening visit and I must say that there were some very talented musicians in attendance. There is a quiz every Tuesday from 20:00 and there is a meat raffle on Sundays. Food is served at lunchtimes, during the evening and from midday until 15:30 on Sundays. I didn’t see anyone eating during my visit, but I did have a couple of roast potatoes that were laid out on the bar and I must say that they hit the spot. Harveys Best, Betty Stogs, Landlord and Sussex Old Ale were all available alongside a standard draught selection that included Stowford Press cider and Courage Dark Mild. I found the service to be very friendly and the Guinness went down a treat and at £3.30 a pint is 50p cheaper than the Red Lion which is this pubs peer.

There is an advertised beer garden that I didn’t visit due to inclement weather and there is a car park over the road which I think is for the use of this pub’s customers.

This is a friendly split bar local village pub with lots of cosy seating and I would have no problem returning.

On 12th January 2011 - rating: 8
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Hampden Park (Sussex), 1.58 miles, 30 min walk (show)
Polegate, 1.75 miles, 33 min walk (show)
Eastbourne, 2.8 miles, 54 min walk (show)
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29th Aug 2015, 12:02
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29th Aug 2015, 11:01
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Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 28 August 2015 by Steve C
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 28 August 2015 by Steve C
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 28 August 2015 by Steve C
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 28 August 2015 by Steve C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 28 August 2015 by Steve C
  • Darts : No last updated 28 August 2015 by Steve C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 28 August 2015 by Steve C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 28 August 2015 by Steve C
  • Hot Food : Yes - Tue to Sat 12-3 & 6-9; Sun 12-3 - last updated 28 August 2015 by Steve C
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 28 August 2015 by Steve C
  • Micropub : No last updated 28 August 2015 by Steve C
  • Pinball : No last updated 28 August 2015 by Steve C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 August 2015 by Steve C
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays from 20:30 - last updated 28 August 2015 by Steve C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 28 August 2015 by Steve C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 28 August 2015 by Steve C
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 10:30pm
Monday9am - 11pm
Tuesday9am - 11pm
Wednesday9am - 11pm
Thursday9am - 11pm
Friday11:30am - Midnight
Saturday9am - Midnight
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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