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General Havelock (Ei Group (formerly Enterprise Inns))

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterExcellent2
Milestone - Rich RubyExcellent2
Wye Valley - HPA (Hereford Pale Ale)Excellent1
Dark Star - HopheadExcellent2
Dark Star - American Pale AleExcellent1
Rother Valley - Boadicea AleGood1
Castle Rock - SnowhiteAcceptable1
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Flying CircusAcceptable1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's SpecialNot Tried0
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Wells / Dogfish Head DNANot Tried0
Dark Star - Victorian Ruby MildNot Tried0
Wadworth - 6XNot Tried0
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked LadiesNot Tried0
Hook Norton - Greedy GooseNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Picture 1. General Havelock, Hastings, East Sussex
Picture 2. General Havelock, Hastings, East Sussex
Picture 3. General Havelock, Hastings, East Sussex

Visits Details

23 Apr 2018 (Stephen Harris)
Late afternoon ahead of a train to London. Pub sparsely populated, but some sort of argument going on and darkening the atmosphere.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Black Sheep - Monty Python's Flying Circus4.50AcceptableDescribed on the clip as an ‘IPA’ but is in fact a slightly fruity but rather bland Bitter.
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
12 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
Evening until last orders.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Milestone - Rich Ruby4.50Excellent
12 Mar 2018 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit and fairly quiet. Just two cask ales on today, one of which was a house beer.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Milestone - Rich Ruby4.50GoodGood traditional beer.
20 Dec 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Quiet, late-afternoon on a Sunday.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Castle Rock - Snowhite4.20AcceptableGolden. Drinkable, but a bit tired and a bit warm. Not what it really should be.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Hook Norton - Greedy Goose4.20Not Tried
11 Dec 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Delays on the Hastings to London trains, so time for a swift early evening pint in here. Furniture being removed in advance of live music later.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodTasty Bitter.
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Wadworth - 6X4.30Not Tried
Twickenham (also uses sub-brand Old Hands) - Naked Ladies4.40Not Tried
20 May 2014 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Last stop before the railway station. There was a live crooner singing some old classics.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rother Valley - Boadicea Ale4.50Good
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Victorian Ruby Mild6.00Not Tried
17 May 2014 (Stephen Harris)
I just missed my London train from Hastings and had 55 minutes to break down – this seemed the obvious place to go.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - American Pale Ale4.70ExcellentLuscious, smooth, tropical-fruity IPA.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80ExcellentLovely; helped by near perfect condition here.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
30 Mar 2014 (Stephen Harris)
I too have not been in here for a great many years – maybe 32 years in my case. In fact, this could well be my first pint in here of legal drinking age. Good to see the tiling is all still in place. And I note that the gents toilets have moved (I have a good memory for a pub toilet).
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead3.80ExcellentReally excellent, pale hoppy pint. On great form.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Wells / Dogfish Head DNA4.50Not Tried
22 Jun 2012 (ChrisE)
My first visit here for very many years, I used to come here in the 1970s but the pub stopped selling real ale and became somewhat uninviting. This was a lunchtime visit and the bar staff made us extremely welcome and informed us of the history behind the tile work which was originally part of a snicket alongside the pub with serving hatches in the pub wall with the mosaic flooring along the wall is part of the original alley. I was given a loyalty card so I look forward to returning for a few more beers and earning my free pint.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentVery good Harvey's.
Wye Valley - HPA (Hereford Pale Ale)4.00Excellent
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Eagle (was Wells & Young's, was Charles Wells, was Wells) - Young's Special4.50Not Tried

About the General Havelock

The pub sign. General Havelock, Hastings, East Sussex

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent6
Good3
Acceptable2
Poor-

The pub is found in Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1BP.

A single bar close to Hastings railway and bus stations, this pub has some excellent tile work, including a magnificent scene of the Battle of Hastings. The pub was formerly called The Havelock, but was closed for a while and re-opened in April 2012 as the General Havelock although The Havelock name still appears above the "rear" street entrance. 5 handpumps.

We have visited this pub 9 times, seen 16 different beers and tried 8 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN34 1BP