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Opened in lat 2019 by James Hickson, front-of-house, and chef Sam Coxhead, who have worked at Moro, Great Queen Street, The Canton Arms and St John.

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Summary

£58
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “beautifully presented pub” – a run-down 1860s hotel until a renovation five years ago – offers “great service” and a “hearty menu with generous portions”. “The choice of dishes at lunch seems more limited in recent months”“sign of the times?”

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£54
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3
Good
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3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A welcome addition to the up-and-coming St Leonards area” – this “great little gastropub opposite Warrior Square station” was “a bit of a rough-looking pub” until it was taken over just before lockdown by a young team from London “who have changed it radically”. “The food is consistently good, service is charming and ambience is old-fashioned pub chic” under chef Sam Coxhead and front-of-house James Hickson, whose “serious pedigrees” include St John, Moro, Great Queen Street and Stockwell’s Canton Arms.

Summary

£54
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Opened in late 2019 by James Hickson (front-of-house) and (chef) Sam Coxhead, who have worked at St John, Moro, Great Queen Street and The Canton Arms – this “well-restored large building” (which dates back to the 1860s, when it was a hotel) is praised for “good pub food” of an unfussy and seasonal variety.

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1 Saint Johns Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6HP

Restaurant details

Highchair
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No dress code

The Royal Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Royal Restaurant in TN37, St Leonards-on-Sea by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Royal restaurant.
Richard M
A real gem and great value. ...
Reviewed 5 months, 1 day ago

"A real gem and great value. "

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Matthew C
As seasonal as food gets! Simple but so muc...
Reviewed 7 months, 27 days ago

"As seasonal as food gets! Simple but so much flavour. "

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£8.00 £19.00 £4.00 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £22.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
1 Saint Johns Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6HP
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday5 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12:30 pm‑5:30 pm

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