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This General Has Been Demoted To The Ranks

The Havelock

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It is now just the Havelock, the General has been demoted back to the ranks although the ranks did appear to be enjoying singing to the juke box and watching the horse racing on one of the many TVs.

Refreshed and re-opened, this renowned heritage pub has an updated appearance that belies its history and thankfully, the Grade 2 listed and protected tiled pictures that make up one wall have been preserved.

In some ways, the Havelock is more luxurious with its light coloured paint, comfy chairs, carpets and wooden flooring but it is early days and with beer at £2.50 a pint, that pristine gloss may soon disappear.

Thankfully for me, there was an alternative to the lager offerings of the two T-bars and the Doomed on handpump in the excellent Tim Taylor’s Landlord. A pint to enjoy with time to savour the tiled picture of the Battle of Hastings.

8.30pm on a Tuesday night was perhaps not the best time to visit the Havelock for a quiet pint, during the day might be better but those tiled wall pictures and the Tim Taylors were worth the visit.

In the fifteen years that I have lived in Hastings, ownership of this historic pub has changed more than once, and it has been closed two or three times with landlords struggling for profitability amidst rising town centre rents. If a juke box, TVs, a fruit machine and a weekly meat raffle keep the old General alive then I will be happy to include this new Havelock in ‘Beer Notes’ and in ‘Pub Walks in Hastings and St Leonards’.

Follow this link to read my original Blog posted in 2017

https://historywalksblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/the-general-havelock-to-the-pier-and-back/

The Havelock appears in ‘Pub Walks in Hastings and St Leonards’ and in the soon to be published

Beer Notes to ‘Capital to Coast, the Guide to Walking 1066 Harold’s Way’.

This pub guide is a ‘must have’ accompaniment for the discerning walker on ‘1066 Harold’s Way’– the long-distance walk from Westminster Abbey to Battle Abbey and Hastings Castle inspired by King Harold’s epic march to the Battle of Hastings 1066. 

The Havelock will be No 64 and the final entry in the Beer Notes Guide.

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The General Havelock to the Pier and Back

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All Around The America Ground

This short walk reflects on the building of Hastings ‘New Town’ as Hastings began to develop as a seaside resort in the late 18th century. Once the America Ground was cleared, the developments began that would culminate in the creation of the pier and finally the promenade.

The fire wracked pier of 2010 has been reborn as a rejuvenated, modernist pier for the 21st century, shorn of tat, enabling uninhibited views of the whole of the sea front, if you walk to the very end.

It can be an invigorating walk, in a stiff south westerly with the waves crashing over the promenade, but in a lighter breeze and on a sunny day it is a leisurely stroll through the joggers, walkers and mums with pushchairs. There may even be time for an ice cream.

Details of this and other pub walks can be found ‘Pub Walks in Hastings and St Leonards’

The General Havelock

The start and finish is at the General Havelock where the outside tables and chairs tempt you for a drink, however weak the sunshine, but really, you must go inside the Havelock to stand in awe at some of the largest tiled murals in any pub in England. I will leave my look inside until the end of the walk.

*CAMRA quotes that ‘The General was built in 1857 and named after Sir Henry Havelock, a distinguished campaigner during the Indian Mutiny. The general himself cuts an imposing figure astride his horse in a tiled panel at the entrance. It dates, like the rest of the tiling, from a refit in 1889-90 and an inscription tells us it came from ATS Carter of Brockley in south-east London.’ These spectacular panels line the wall of what was once a corridor with one of the two larger murals shows a scene from the Battle of Hastings and the other large mural shows what is assumed to the crew of the Conqueror, Hastings fighting a shipload of French pirates. The third tiled painting shows Hastings Castle and on the wall by the back door is the General himself. The pictures date from between 1890 and 1917.

*(CAMRA Pub Heritage – Historic Pub Interiors – http://www.pubheritage.camra.org.uk/pubs/pubguide.asp)

The Havelock is a warm and welcoming, friendly house. Dark woods, benches, odd chairs and tables, a standard lamp all add to the lustre of a Victorian pub and of course, no machines. Food too is ‘proper’ food and today I could sample Tim Taylor’s Landlord and guests Wychwood Brewery’s Gold Hobgoblin and Wickwar Wessex Brewing Company’s Falling Star. For the cider drinkers, there was Weston’s Old Rosie Cloudy Cider. On another visit, Sharp’s Atlantic and Longman Best were the guests.

You can sit outside but that misses the point for the glory of the Havelock is inside.

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Something for the weekend

If it is not too cold or it is not too wet and the match on the television is not worth watching, try something a little special to add a little extra to the weekend.

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Walk from General Havelock to the Pier and back around the America Ground.

You may have walked the route many times before but on History Walks there will always be something new to catch your attention before indulging in that much needed pint.

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All Around The America Ground

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This short walk reflects on the building of Hastings ‘New Town’ as Hastings began to develop as a seaside resort in the late 18th century. Once the America Ground was cleared, the developments began that would culminate in the creation of the pier and finally the promenade. Today, the fire wracked pier of 2010 has been reborn as a rejuvenated, modernist pier for the 21st century, shorn of tat, enabling uninhibited views of the whole of the sea front, if you walk to the very end.

It can be an invigorating walk, in a stiff south westerly with the waves crashing over the promenade, but in a lighter breeze and on a sunny day it is a leisurely stroll through the joggers, walkers and mums with pushchairs. There may even be time for an ice cream.

The start and finish is at the General Havelock where the outside tables and chairs tempt you for a drink, however weak the sunshine, but really, you must go inside the Havelock to stand in awe at some of the largest tiled murals in any pub in England. I will leave my look inside until the end of the walk.

Watch the walk on You Tube – follow the link to

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I’d Rather Drink Beer

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History Walks No 6: Pub Walks in Hastings and St Leonards

  • Walk 1 General Havelock
  • Walk 2 The North Star
  • Walk 3 The Horse and Groom
  • Walk 4 The Plough
  • Walk 5 The Royal Standard

Five urban trails, all within walking distance of Hastings and St Leonards on Sea.

Refreshingly different:

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