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The Waterworks (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Hop Fuzz - APA American Pale AleExceptional1
Romney Marsh - Amber AleExcellent1
Old Dairy - Über BrewExcellent1
Waterworks - UryenalExcellent1
Three Legs - PaleExcellent2
Romney Marsh - Marsh GoldExcellent1
Brumaison - Flaxen XPAExcellent1
Old Dairy - Über BrewGood1
Three Legs - MosaicGood1
Three Legs - English IPAGood1
Hop Fuzz - EnglishGood1
Romney Marsh - American PaleGood2
Old Dairy - Carrot TopAcceptable1
Range Ales - CQB (Close Quarter Battle)Acceptable1
Hop Fuzz - Martello (superseded by 4.4% version)Not Tried0
Only With Love - Polar BearNot Tried0
Gun - Red AleNot Tried0
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale AleNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Über BrewNot Tried0
Pig & Porter - All These VibesNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Blue TopNot Tried0
Brumaison - Best BitterNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - Modern BritishNot Tried0
Rother Valley - BluesNot Tried0
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)Not Tried0
Old Dairy - Red TopNot Tried0
Goacher's - Special House AleNot Tried0
Constellation - AquilaNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - Yellow ZingerNot Tried0
Constellation - DracoNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - BlacksmithNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Breakfast StoutNot Tried0
Goacher's - Real Mild AleNot Tried0
Romney Marsh - Session IPANot Tried0
Goacher's - Gold StarNot Tried0
Hop Fuzz - FalloutNot Tried0
Tonbridge - RusticNot Tried0
Range Ales - Beach HeadNot Tried0
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)Not Tried0
Three Legs - Black PaleNot Tried0
Long Man - Old Man Not Tried0
First In Last Out (FILO) - Crofters Best BitterNot Tried0
Brumaison - BBNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Waterworks, Rye, East Sussex
Picture 2. The Waterworks, Rye, East Sussex
Picture 3. The Waterworks, Rye, East Sussex
Jason Jones

Visits Details

02 Apr 2022 (Magnus Greel)
Early evening and heaving inside, thankfully I was wrapped up enough to be able to sit outside under one of the sheltered tables complete with patio heaters.
Romney Marsh - American Pale5.00GoodMore of a fruity syrupy honey brew than the anticipated APA experience.
Rother Valley - Blues5.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - English4.00Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Fallout3.60Not Tried
Constellation - Aquila4.60Not Tried
Constellation - Draco4.20Not Tried
Old Dairy - Breakfast Stout6.00Not Tried
12 Nov 2021 (ChrisE)
Early evening and very busy with customers being encouraged to share tables and actually talk to each other. Most enjoyable visit.
Romney Marsh - Amber Ale4.40Excellent
Waterworks - Uryenal4.00ExcellentBrewed by the people that run the Waterworks on a cuckoo basis, they told me that they hope to open their own brewery at some time in the future. A good biscuity best bitter.
Gun - Scaramanga Extra Pale Ale3.90Not Tried
Romney Marsh - American Pale5.00Not Tried
Pig & Porter - All These Vibes5.30Not Tried
Three Legs - Mosaic2.80Not Tried
Brumaison - Best Bitter3.60Not Tried
26 Sep 2021 (Magnus Greel)
Sunday lunchtime we arrived a few minutes before opening and were entertained by the effervescent landlord while he was setting up the outside seating. Just four of us but soon joined by many others during our hour or so's visit.
Three Legs - Pale3.70ExcellentUnfined light citrus hoppy session ale
Brumaison - Flaxen XPA3.80ExcellentWith Challenger hops for bittering and packed full of local Kent Goldings giving a spicy light citrus aroma and flavour.
Goacher's - Gold Star5.10Not Tried
Tonbridge - Rustic4.00Not Tried
Goacher's - DSB (house beer)3.80Not Tried
Long Man - Old Man 4.30Not Tried
Brumaison - BB3.60Not Tried
Only With Love - Polar Bear5.00Not Tried
03 Feb 2020 (Dosser)
First visit. Got off the Eastbourne to Ashford train to check this place out. Huge. Loved the Beer handpull which sent gloombar into the toilet where it belongs!
Three Legs - English IPA5.70GoodNice diverse pint. All beers at £3.70
25 Jun 2019 (Jack William)
Early evening- wanted a decent pint after the Three Oaks so stopped here. Nicely busy inside and out - good, friendly service - although I found the exception to the rule that everything was for sale - a well-thumbed copy of “Much Drinking in the Marsh” was the pub copy. Great selection of beer.
Three Legs - Pale3.70GoodA fine, citrus, pale in fine condition.
Three Legs - Mosaic2.80GoodOn keg. Very fruity and good body belying its strength.
Goacher's - Real Mild Ale3.40Not Tried
Goacher's - Special House Ale3.80Not Tried
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Martello (superseded by 4.4% version)3.80Not Tried
Romney Marsh - American Pale5.00Not Tried
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Session IPA3.80Not Tried
17 May 2019 (Jack William)
Early afternoon - not many in but a very friendly welcome form the guvnor. One off my wish- list and well worth the trip. Good selection of ales and a brilliant toilet that Magnus Greel obviously appreciates - it now sports a Doom Bar pump clip.
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80ExcellentReally like this - and in great condition.
Romney Marsh - American Pale5.00AcceptableJust didn’t have the life or flavour that the Old Dairy Uber had - a bit disappointing for a 5.0 ABV.
Goacher's - Best Dark Ale (aka Original)4.10Not TriedOn the board as Goachers Dark Bitter 4.1 - I assume it was this one.
Goacher's - Special House Ale3.80Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Martello (superseded by 4.4% version)3.80Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Yellow Zinger3.70Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Amber Ale4.40Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Blacksmith4.20Not Tried
28 Feb 2019 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon, friendly welcome from the jovial landlord and curious barmaid made for an entertaining stay. The amusing re-use of a handpump as a toilet flush in the gents is worthy of note!
Romney Marsh - Marsh Gold4.10ExcellentGolden refreshing ale with a treacle aftertaste
Old Dairy - Blue Top4.80Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - English4.00Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Amber Ale4.40Not Tried
Three Legs - Black Pale4.30Not Tried
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Modern British3.80Not Tried
05 Oct 2018 (Magnus Greel)
Busy Friday early evening with many inside as out. The two bar staff coped admirably with the crowds, we sat a recently vacated rear table.
Hop Fuzz - APA American Pale Ale4.00ExceptionalLived up to all my APA expectations in faultless condition. Marked up as 4.2%
First In Last Out (FILO) - Crofters Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - Martello (superseded by 4.4% version)3.80Not Tried
Hop Fuzz - English4.00Not Tried
Gun - Red Ale4.40Not Tried
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80Not Tried
08 Aug 2018 (Philip Pirrip)
Early evening visit that turned out to be a long one-pub evening. Fantastic Micropub in an ancient distinctive building and run by top notch owners. Everything is right here, real ale and cider/perry range, interaction with bar staff and generally all round friendliness. The hoist used to re-stock the stillage is a bit of a work of art. My best one pub crawl of 2018. Back late to the station to find the Marshlink train cancelled with a bus substitution, oh well one can't have everything.
Hop Fuzz - English4.00Good
Old Dairy - Über Brew3.80Good
Range Ales - CQB (Close Quarter Battle)4.00Acceptable
Old Dairy - Carrot Top4.00AcceptableA brewery blend of Copper Top and Red Top. Just tapped and probably too fresh
Romney Marsh - Amber Ale4.40Not TriedRan out
Hop Fuzz - Fallout3.60Not Tried
Romney Marsh - Marsh Gold4.10Not Tried
Range Ales - Beach Head3.70Not Tried
Three Legs - Black Pale4.30Not Tried

About The Waterworks

The pub sign. The Waterworks, Rye, East Sussex

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7AT.

In Tower Street, this Micropub began its life here in May 2018 in a most distinctive building which had previously been the town's waterworks then a soup kitchen and a public toilets then an antique shop, quite a chequered history. 8 real ales and many ciders, all with Kentish or Sussex provenance sold on gravity dispense from a cooled cabinet behind the bar. Oddly it still acts as a curio shop too and you can buy pretty much anything you can see! The ales and ciders are stored in an old coal-hole cellar under the pub and the real ale casks are placed in position on the stillage using a mobile hoist device purpose built for the job. Local CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2020 and 2021.

We have visited this pub 9 times, seen 41 different beers and tried 13 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN31 7AT