ST LEONARDS ON SEA
Dear valued guests of The Royal,
We will be reopening on Wednesday 2nd December. Hours of service will be Wednesday to Saturday evenings and Thursday to Sunday for lunch reservations. Please book online or by calling 01424 547797. Please note that we will be closed on Christmas day. After lunch service on Sunday 4th January we will be closing our doors again for three weeks to refurb and extend our kitchen.
As we’re now in tier 2 please remember that we can only take reservations for parties consisting of a single household or the same support bubble.
We’re looking forward to seeing you all again soon.
James, Sam and the team
The Royal is a new local for St Leonards, welcoming, low-key and down-to-earth, occupying an historic corner site right opposite Warrior Square station.
We opened in mid October 2019, serving draft beers and real ales, decent wines and classic gastropub food.
The pub dates back to the 1860s, when it opened as an hotel; in its new incarnation, we hope to attract 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.
Our menu will change often and feature 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. You can drink crémant de Limoux sparkling wine from £6 a glass, kicking off an unpretentious wine list culminating with Chateauneuf du Pape or white Bordeaux from Pessac-Léognan.
The co-owners, James Hickson and Sam Coxhead both share a solid background at well-loved restaurants and gastropubs including St John, Great Queen Street, The Canton Arms and Moro. They are hands-on at the pub, overseeing the relaxed yet lively atmosphere, friendly service and sophisticated food and drink.