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The Royal Oak & Castle Inn, Pevensey Village, Pevensey

High Street
BN24 5LE
Phone: 01323762371
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Steve C left this review about The Royal Oak And Castle

The Royal Oak and Castle Inn is located at the edge of an old village square that is overlooked by the perimeter walls of the Pevensey Castle ruins. There are a couple of picnic tables located on the tarmac outside and a large gate gains access to a beer garden that was closed when I visited at 18:30 on Wednesday. I have to admit that I was very disappointed as I walked through the door as I was confronted with a U shaped pub and the longer front bar area had no hand pumps or draught taps. In fact the only things on the bar were four Tupperware display containers that were storing cakes and the majority of signs up on the walls were advertising tea and coffee to accompany the sweets. Proper food is served and most of the tables were set for dining and I got a tea room vibe, which probably fits in with the needs of the day visitors to the ruins. Take away fish and chips are available from midday until 14:30 and from 18:00 until 20:00, but there was hardly a rush for them as the only other person in the pub seemed to be a friend of the governor. Around to the right of the bar is a small conservatory and there was a lap top set up which I gather isn’t for the use of the customers. Thankfully around to the left of the bar there are a couple of hand pumps and although one of these was unused Whites Brewery’s Envy was available. The governor informed me that he had just cleaned the lines and the barrel wasn’t hooked up so he took a jug down into the cellar and filled it to the top before pouring it into a pint glass for me. I prefer my Guinness, but have to say that it was a good pint. I didn’t have my usual Guinness as it is not served here as the very limited draught consisted of Kronenburg, Fosters and Stowford Press cider. There are no TVs in here, but there was some folk music playing lightly in the background.

I found this pub/tea room to be very depressing and although the service was friendly enough (I didn’t meet the landlady) I would hesitate in making a return visit.

On 21st January 2011 - rating: 4
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Royal Oak And Castle

Great location for a pub, with a venerable tree in the tiny former market square out front and then the Roman walls of Pevensey Castle beyond. Unfortunately, that's where the good points end. It took ages to be served, despite just one other customer buying a drink - apparently, according to the miserable landlady, I was "standing at the wrong part of the bar" (?). Obviously food orientated, but looked in vain for a menu (apparently they stopped serving at 14:30 on a bank holiday Monday - madness!). Only one of three handpumps working (Harveys), but there was also a polypin on "the wrong part of the bar" serving something aptly called 'Grumpy Guvnor' from the nearby White Brewing Company micro (which, at £2.50 was fine, if a little warm on a hot summer day). Quite smart inside, but the beer garden looks a bit neglected. Toilets annoying called 'Maids' and 'Knights' (and also 'Dames' and 'Hommes'). Overall, if they did something about the customer service it good be quite a good pub (but in the meantime you are probably best advised to walk a short distance down the High Street to the Smugglers).

On 1st September 2010 - rating: 5
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jo carpenter left this review about The Royal Oak And Castle

Very bad service, food is awful and landlord couldn't care less

On 25th July 2007 - rating: 2
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Map location corrected by Keith Belcher
Pevensey Bay, 0.48 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Pevensey & Westham, 0.61 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Normans Bay, 2.96 miles, 57 min walk (show)
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1st Jun 2019, 20:58
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1st Jun 2019, 20:58
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 21 January 2011 by Alan Hurdle
Opening Hours
Sunday11am - 10:30pm
Monday11am - 10:30pm
Tuesday11am - 10:30pm
Wednesday11am - 10:30pm
Thursday11am - 10:30pm
Friday10am - 11:30pm
Saturday10am - 11:30pm
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