A historic pub interior of some regional importance
Listed Status: II32 Ninfield Road
Tel: (01424) 552100
Real Ale: Yes
Lunchtime Meals: Yes
Evening Meals: Yes
Nearby Station: Bexhill
Station Distance: 1750m
Public Transport: Near Railway Station (Bexhill) and Bus Stop
View on: Whatpub
A lovely pub high up on a green and probably dating from the 18th century (forget about the ambitiously advertised c. 1376 stuff!). On entry you face a small window suggesting an off-sales hatch in times past, then there are bars left and right. On the left are three rooms (one now just for storage). That at the front has bench seating in the bay window (as also in the right-hand bar), a boarded ceiling, and an inglenook-style fireplace. There’s a lovely rear room, again with bench seating: note the tip-up part to allow access to the room beyond. In the bar on the right (was two spaces till the 1950s), the servery must surely have once been longer to connect with the presumed off-sales hatch. Bakelite enthusiasts (and, yes, they do exist - honest) will drool over the old-fashioned, still-working switches beside the servery.
18th century (they claim it dates back to 1376) multi-roomed pub which is much as it was in the 1950s. There are bars to the left and right with ply panelled walls, ply panels on bar counters, brick fireplaces (inglenook style on the left), tongue 'n' groove ceiling and wall bench seating in bay windows. The left bar also has two hatches for service to the three rooms on the left. On the front far left is what looks like an old hall which is now a pool room; another small room has a 1950s brick fireplace and darts; and a small one at the rear also has a 1950s fireplace and bench seating attached to tongued and grooved panelled walls. The bar on the right was extended in the 1970s to twice its size. Bar back shelves and Bakelite electric switches are very 50s.
Update 2011. The floor plan is of four small rooms and the right hand bar, which was two rooms until the 1950s. While lots of 1950s seating and all the 50s brick fireplaces remain, the panels on the bar and some dados are modern, not 1950s ply. This is now Marginal No due to the recent addition of modern fittings.