About

Situated in the Old Town of Hastings, the Albion has been a prominent landmark of the seafront since 1730.

Following an extensive restoration project which centred around bringing out the beautiful arts and craft interior, the Albion is now one of the town’s most popular destinations.

We aim to deliver great food and drink, outstanding live music and memorable special events.

Re-opened in November 2015 under new management, the Albion (formerly The Royal Albion) has been beautifully refurbished with the help of local designers, artists and artisan craftspeople. Many improvements have been made, including a stage for live music, comprehensive audio and lighting systems, bespoke bar tops and stylish furniture. It has 6 hand pumps, a selection of craft beers, and serves traditional British food with a modern approach on Tuesday to Thursday 12pm-3pm and 6pm-9pm  Friday and Saturday between 12pm – 7pm and on Sundays between 12pm – 4pm.

Managed by the team behind Hastings Fat Tuesday (the UK’s largest Mardi Gras festival), the Albion has an impressive music programme, bursting with an eclectic roster of roots, blues, orchestral, traditional and jazz music from local, national and international artists.

Albion Hastings can be accessed from Marine Parade or George Street, Hastings Old Town.

History

Albion (the ancient name for England, Scotland, Wales & Cornwall) encompasses a modern-medieval take on our island, inspired by the original (and still existing) 1940s arts & crafts fit-out of the George Street bar, courtesy of William Youngers & Co of Edinburgh. ‘The Royal’ was added in about 1880 – it dates back to Whitby House built in 1689 and first licensed in 1730. The pub was demolished and rebuilt as the Albion Hotel in the 1830s. The ground floor was mostly used as a stable, with the Shades bar on the opposite side of George Street in Albion Mews. This was later renamed the Albion Tavern and continued independently of the hotel until 1916.

Famous music hall star Marie Lloyd (real name Matilda Wood) is reputed to have stayed at the hotel after she helped her father, John Wood, obtain the licence for the pub in 1899 and when she appeared at the Empire Theatre of Varieties (Deluxe).

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