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14th April 2023

Shepherd Neame pub The Stag Inn named a county winner in National Pub Awards the same week it retains AA Rosette

The Stag Inn in Hastings Old Town has been named a county winner in this year’s National Pub and Bar Awards.

The historic Shepherd Neame pub, which is run by licensee Nicole Holt and her husband Nick, was the winner in East Sussex alongside 93 other county winners across the country in the annual awards.

They will all now go forward to the Grand Final of the awards in June, with a Regional and National award up for grabs. The aim of these awards is to highlight the positive and inspiring work being carried out across the UK’s hospitality industry.

The news was a double whammy for the team as they were also notified in the same week that they had retained their AA Rosette for another year, after first receiving it last year.

Licensee Nicole who has run the 16th century inn for the past five years, said: “We are really happy – the county award is a great achievement and as a reward we go forward to the next stage, so fingers crossed!”

Since taking the pub on, the pair and their team have thrown themselves into Hastings life, hosting traditional folk evenings and entertainments like shanty evenings and a January Wassail, then adding in comedy nights and live music from both local talent and visiting artists. The Stag’s Head Chef Ben Cumberpatch also uses locally sourced ingredients compiled with extraordinary attention to detail for his range of delicious dishes, which earned the pub a place in the Good Food Guide last year.

Hastings is a town known for vibrant local events, and the Stag team can be seen throughout the year dressed up for Mardi Gras, St Patrick’s Night, Jack-in-the-Green, Old Town Carnival and the Hastings Bonfire.

“We try to bring new ideas to the pub to attract visitors, as we’re not on the main High Street, but at the same time we like to be respectful of the town’s tradition and the special place this old building has in the hearts of Hastings’ people,” added Nicole.

You can find the Stag Inn at 14 All Saints Street, Hastings, TN34 3BJ, by calling 01424 438791 or visiting


About Shepherd Neame

Shepherd Neame has been based in the market town of Faversham, Kent for over 300 years. Perhaps best known for great British classic ales such as Spitfire Amber, which carries the Royal Warrant, its diverse portfolio includes Five Grain Lager, Bear Island East Coast Pale Ale and Bear Island Triple Hopped Lager, and the Whitstable Bay Collection. It also brews international lagers under licence including Samuel Adams Boston Lager and premium Thai lager Singha. The independent family business boasts an award-winning visitor centre and more than 300 pubs and hotels throughout London and the South East, from the historic heart of the City to the Kent coastline.

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