ST LEONARDS ON SEA
Dear valued guests of The Royal.
As from 24.09.20 we are required to close our business premises to the general public at 10pm. These restrictions mean that we unfortunately have to limit how many covers we can accommodate in an evening even more than we already have. We will now be taking reservations from 5.45pm up to 8.15pm.
Lunch will be served midday to 2.30pm Wednesday to Saturday and from 1pm to 3.30pm on Sundays.
Please do not forget to bring a face covering. It is a legal requirement from the 24th September that anyone entering the premises must be wearing a face covering and remove it only when seated. Exceptions will only be made for badge holders.
We will reserve the right to close the pub between kitchen opening hours Thursday to Saturday at our convenience.
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.