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Ye Olde Pump House, Hastings

64 George Street
TN34 3EE
Phone: 01424422016
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Steve of N21 left this review about Ye Olde Pump House

Well I can help clear up the issue about the age of this pub by pointing everyone at the rather excellent website which explains the history of this one and other Hastings and St Leonards pubs in a lot of detail.
As a pub it is less than 70 years old, having first opened in 1956. Before the Second World War it was three separate dwellings centred on a well-known boot and shoe shop. It owes its mock Tudor frontage to a common activity after the war, when damaged buildings were bought up cheaply, then ‘tudorised’ in the style of Mock Tudor and sold at a good profit. Although this building did suffer some bomb damage it was more damaged by a fire in 1953 which left it derelict and in need of repair. Initially it was only the small downstairs bar but the wife of the second licensee transformed the upstairs room into a fashionable bar room. Today you enter into this room from the entrance up a side alley to the right of the pub.
So yes its all fake and completely mock Tudor. But you have to say its all done very well and ticks all the boxes for what the tourist view of a Tudor inn should be.
For my visit the upstairs bar hand pumps had Bishops Finger, Whitstable Bay and Citra Smack on three of the pumps with the fourth not in use. This time I went for the Whitstable Bay, and it was perfectly fine.
Of the three Shep pubs I probably thought this was the best to visit, even now with the knowledge that it’s a post war build. You can still fool the tourists though by referring to it as Elizabethan, just don’t tell them it’s Elizabeth II.
However, if you do want to have a beer in a pub that does have a long history, then you just have to walk over the pedestrianised street to The Anchor opposite. And if you want to visit a pub with a more interesting ale choice, then duck all three of these Shep pubs and head to the Albion at the end of the lane.

On 1st September 2023 - rating: 7
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Moby Duck left this review about Ye Olde Pump House

A fascinating looking building and as a result rather touristy. It was table service only post lockdown and the service was painfully slow, being a solo drinker the staff emphasis was on the multiple groups of diners,unable to move around the pub being table bound and faced with the only available cask beer being a rather bland Shepherd Neame Masterbrew, I didn't much enjoy my short stay here.

On 12th October 2020 - rating: 4
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Ye Olde Pump House

Local hearsay around town, dates this medieval looking pub to just after the Second World War. Whether this is true or not it certainly gets the tourists in, including ourselves. Once through the entrance you enter a small room with a small bar on the left. The young barmaid welcomed us and after looking at the keg fonts on display, she said the cask beers are on handpump, upstairs in the main bar. The upstairs front dining area and main lounge and bar was very impressive, so it was well worth a visit. Four Shepherd Neame ales, Spitfire, Master Brew, Bishops Finger and Northern Lights. I went for the Northern Lights again as I did enjoy it across the road in the Anchor, the beer quality was the same and so were the prices.

On 6th November 2019 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Hastings, 0.76 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Ore, 0.97 miles, 18 min walk (show)
St Leonards Warrior Square, 1.56 miles, 30 min walk (show)
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1st Sep 2023, 18:34
Review submitted by Steve of N21
1st Nov 2022, 23:03
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