The Royal in St Leonards

1 St. Johns Road, ST. LEONARDS-ON-SEA, East Sussex, TN37 6HP
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The Royal in St Leonards is a welcoming, low-key and down-to-earth gastropub, occupying an historic corner site right opposite Warrior Square station. It serves draft beers and real ales, decent wines and classic gastropub food. The pub dates back to the 1860s, when it opened as a hotel; in its new incarnation, it attracts locals for drinks, and people from all over the Hastings and St Leonards area, out of town and further afield for interesting, unfussy seasonal food. It’s also the perfect pitstop for commuters, owing to its location next to the station.

The seasonal menu changes often and features local produce. Starters/small plates might include griddled squid with chilli and lemon; pig’s head croquettes with piccalilli; or roast beetroot, carrots and goat’s curd. Mains will range from wild mushroom and spinach pithivier to salt marsh lamb with sprouting broccoli and anchoïade, or pot-roast shin of beef and risotto Milanese for two to share. Prices for main dishes are £12 - £16. You can drink crémant de Limoux sparkling wine from £4.50 a glass, kicking off an unpretentious wine list culminating with Chateauneuf du Pape or white Bordeaux from Pessac-Léognan.

The Royal, 1 St Johns Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN37 6HP
@the_royal_st_leonards / 01424 547 797

Opening Hours: Tues - Fri 4pm - 11pm, Sat 12pm - 11pm, Sun 12pm - 7pm

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