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The White Rock Hotel (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Excellent1
Dark Star - Double Chocolate StoutExcellent1
Harvey's - OlympiaExcellent1
Dark Star - Sussex Extra StoutExcellent1
Hastings - HPAExcellent1
Rother Valley - Copper AleExcellent1
Harvey's - Southdown Harvest AleExcellent1
Rother Valley - Boadicea AleExcellent1
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Summer AleExcellent1
Rother Valley - BluesExcellent1
Dark Star - Old Ale (aka Old Chestnut)Excellent1
Dark Star - OriginalExcellent2
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Excellent2
Hastings - Hastings BlondeExcellent1
Arundel - StrongholdGood1
Weltons - Export StoutGood1
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Good3
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterPoor1
Harvey's - Hadlow BitterNot Tried0
Harvey's - Bonfire BoyNot Tried0
1648 - SignatureNot Tried0
Dark Star - Dark Star The OriginalNot Tried0
Cellar Head - Kiln Basher Unfined, green hop porterNot Tried0
Picture 1. The White Rock Hotel, Hastings, East Sussex
Picture 2. The White Rock Hotel, Hastings, East Sussex

Visits Details

18 Nov 2017 (Andrew)
Pub no. 9. View over the pier.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00PoorNot off but soo luck lustre.
Dark Star - Dark Star The Original5.00Not Tried
Cellar Head - Kiln Basher Unfined, green hop porter5.20Not Tried
20 Dec 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Early Sunday afternoon. Quiet and civilised in here, with great sea views from my table.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rother Valley - Blues5.00ExcellentSo dark brown itís black. Very lovely. Chocolaty and very slightly sweet. Not sure if it is a Porter or an Old Ale.
Harvey's - Bonfire Boy5.80Not Tried
1648 - Signature4.40Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
31 Aug 2012 (thebrewingman)
Friday lunchtime. Fairly busy with lots of punters taking advantage of the sun on the terrace.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Original5.00Excellent
Hastings - HPA4.70Excellent
Arundel - Stronghold4.70GoodNot to my taste.
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not TriedMy wife had two pints and really enjoyed them.
02 Aug 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Caught the tail end of lunchtime dining with a change of customer profile from diners to drinkers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rother Valley - Boadicea Ale4.50ExcellentVery impressed with this, seems to have had a tweak in recipe. Now shown as 4.5% and with an excellent pungent, floral hop character. Good malt character imparts a biscuity background all rounded off by a lingering fruity hop flavour. My score 16/20.
01 Mar 2012 (thebrewingman)
We did what we have been threatening to do for ages. Visit the White Rock Hotel on a nice sunny day and have a beer and some food on the terrace. Lots of others had the same idea. As usual, four beers from four different Sussex breweries including two dark ones.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Excellent
Dark Star - Old Ale (aka Old Chestnut)4.00Excellent
Hastings - Hastings Blonde3.90ExcellentA malty blond beer with delicate hopping.
Rother Valley - Blues5.00Not Tried
05 May 2011 (thebrewingman)
A busy evening with a concert due to start next door at the Pavilion.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Excellent
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Excellent
Rother Valley - Copper Ale4.10Excellent
Weltons - Export Stout4.70GoodA tad green. Could have done with longer in the cellar in my opinion.
09 Sep 2010 (thebrewingman)
A fairly mixed crowd including some of the performers due to appear at the White Rock Pavilion next door. Nice to see they are sticking with Sussex real ales.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Excellent
Harvey's - Southdown Harvest Ale5.00Excellent
King Beer (formerly W.J. King) - Summer Ale4.00Excellent
Dark Star - Original5.00ExcellentLiquorice overtones came through on this one today.
27 Jun 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Very pleasant sitting in the shaded verandah on a warm afternoon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Sussex Extra Stout4.50ExcellentGood coffee and chocolate malt flavours backed up by citrus hop flavours. Dry, bitter chocolate finish. My score 16/20.
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80AcceptableVery pale, very hoppy, very dry and very citrussy. Refreshing on a hot day but just a little too dry and citrussy for my taste. Score 14/20.
22 Jan 2010 (thebrewingman)
Not quite sure I would agree with Martin's comments on the bar. I thought it was light, open and spacious but the old bar with it's 70s holiday camp feel had it's charm. It is still nice to see they are contiuing to stock beers from Sussex breweries and they allow dogs in certain areas. I must return in the Summer for a pint (or two) on the terrace.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExcellentIn superb condition. I thought there was a hole in my glass.
Dark Star - Double Chocolate Stout4.50ExcellentA not to dry stout with the flavour of the chocolate malt coming through.
Harvey's - Hadlow Bitter3.50Not Tried
23 Aug 2009 (Martin the Mildman)
Bar area has moved to the right of the entrance and is now modern and minimalist with glass and steel dominating. Not sure it's an improvement.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80GoodNot my style of beer really, being a little too hoppy for my taste but it does what it's supposed to do very well. My score 15/20.

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About The White Rock Hotel

The pub sign. The White Rock Hotel, Hastings, East Sussex

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent17
Good6
Acceptable2
Poor1

Website.

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

The White Rock Hotel is found on the sea front opposite the pier. The bar is on the right as you enter through the revolving doors at the front.

We have visited this pub 12 times, seen 25 different beers and tried 20 of them.

Map location

Postcode: TN34 1JU