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Hello I’m Hayley – Wife, Mother & Landlady of The Royal Oak and Castle Inn, situated  in the heart of Pevensey village, right next to the historic Pevensey castle!  I was brought up in Pevensey, myself and my family have a love of the area and all the beautiful countryside that we are so lucky to have around us. Whether you are just visiting the area or live locally, we pride ourselves, at The Royal Oak and Castle Inn, on our warm welcome, brilliant beers, great gins and of course our fabulous food, sourced locally and seasonally whenever we can.


The Royal Oak & Castle Inn is the perfect place to visit after a leisurely stroll around the stunning, picturesque Pevensey Castle which is situated on our doorstep. If you are planning on staying longer or live locally, then please do come and join us for one of our many social events – from monthly yoga breakfasts and painting classes – to book clubs, games nights, themed menu evenings and so much more. We have also recently installed an outdoors play area for children, please be aware children must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult! There really is something to suit everyone, of all ages! This is a pub in the community, for the community.


We are especially proud of our Sunday lunches, featuring meat from our very own smallholding. We also serve pork, from pigs which are raised by my husband’s Grandad!


The Royal Oak & Castle Inn was originally built as a private house, which was completed in 1853. The owner of the house was a local man named Alexander Hurst, who also a brewery in Eastbourne. He soon applied for a licence to sell spirits: he argued that the market and the castle ruins were attracting a lot of new business, but his application was rejected on the ground that the existing inns in the area were adequate.

A year later on Sept 7th 1854 he was more successful and was given a licence. There was a lot of activity in the area after the  railway came. After that and ever since, it has remained as a pub and changed it’s name to The Royal Oak & Castle Inn by 1877.  

– Facts obtained from Alan Starr, Pevensey and Westham Historical Society.