Stag Inn, Hastings

History of The Stag Inn

Believed to be one of the oldest pubs in Hastings, The Stag Inn dates back to 1547. The pub is said to be one of the most haunted places in town - most people who have worked or lived here have experienced some sort of ‘presence’…

A Dutch sea captain, who was reportedly murdered in Eastbourne by Hastings fishermen, has been sighted near the fireplace. There have also been reports of a young girl’s presence on the upper floor, and an angry male presence in the back bedroom.

In its time, the pub has had connections with notorious smuggling gangs and characters from local folklore. In the cellar, there's a now-blocked entrance to a secret passage which is believed to have led to All Saints churchyard, and may have been used by smugglers in the 18th Century. 

In the front bar, you'll find the famous "mummified" cats or, more correctly, smoke-dried cats. They were found in a chimney on the first floor during the 1940s and were hanging from the corner of the metal work above the bar until the 1980s when, due to their fragile state, it was decided to rehouse them in a custom made wooden case. 

Whilst there is no historical evidence to support the claim, 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.

You can find out more about The Stag Inn on Wikipedia, or better still, come and soak up the pub’s haunted history for yourself…