Stag Inn, Hastings

Welcome to the Stag Inn, Hastings

The Stag Inn is a Sixteenth Century pub, full of character, with a secret garden in a quiet corner of Hastings Old Town. Please note our new phone number is 01424 438791

The Stag

The pub can be found at the top of All Saints Street, a street which features many of the more remarkable buildings in Hastings Old Town, of which the 16th Century Stag Inn is one.

Beamed ceilings and rustic floorboards are complemented by classy interiors and a bright welcoming bar. Whilst our lively front room is home to numerous musical events and a host of local characters, our quieter dining space provides an elegant setting for meals or functions.

Our newly refurbished garden is a summer delight, with two tiers of attractive borders. The top tier is a gift for sun worshippers whilst the shadier areas below offer outside dining space for those weekend lunches.

Stag Inn, Hastings

Opening times

  • Mon:

    18:00 - 23:00

  • Tue:

    18:00 - 23:30

  • Wed - Thu:

    12:00 - 23:30

  • Fri:

    12:00 - 23:30

  • Sat:

    11:00 - 23:30

  • Sun:

    11:00 - 20:00

How to find us

Stag Inn

14 All Saints Street,
Hastings, East Sussex
TN34 3BJ

01424 438791

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A Haunted Inn...

We are one of the oldest pubs still open in Hastings and the building is a feature of the town’s guided walks. You may be lucky enough to meet one of the ghosts reputed to frequent the establishment. A Dutch sea captain murdered in Eastbourne by Hastings fishermen has been sighted near the fireplace and there have been reports of a young girl on the upper floor. The back bedroom gives you goosebumps – most who have used the room have felt a presence….

The pub has historical connections with notorious smuggling gangs and characters from local folklore. In the cellar, there's a blocked entrance to a secret passage which probably led to All Saints churchyard. The passage is reputed to have been used by smugglers in the 18th Century, or as a bolt-hole during times of religious oppression. The Stag continues to hold strong associations with local traditions such as Jack in the Green and the Sussex Bonfire and Old Town Carnival.

The tour guides will tell you about the famous "mummified" cats (actually smoke-dried) hanging in the front bar. They were discovered in a chimney on the first floor during the 1940s. It is believed that these cats once belonged to Hannah Clarke, a witch who is said to have occupied the Stag in its early days. Probably apocryphal but it’s a good yarn.

The pub has a great history – it even gets its own Wikipedia page.