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This looked like a good pub. But it was hard to get a real feel for the place, as there was a gig on. I was supposed to pay a £5 entrance fee. But I explained that I was only here for a half. This was only the second pub of the day in East Sussex where I had found real cider. This time it was Black Rat. Ales on were Cobbold Tolly English Ale, 1648 Triple Champion & Dark Star Hophead. The band seemed to be very good and the pub was packed with people there to see them. A bar billiards table in one alcove pointed to the fact that quieter pastimes are carried out here. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt with a 6/10.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Sep 2013 18:47
I think the negative reviews belong to an earlier Landlord. As Beerinmybeard says, a good, friendly pub. Good range of real ales but not Harveys, strangely, for this area. Fantasic views to the coast from the rear. Eccentric but friendly pub Staffordshire BT dog. Will post again when I have a list of the beers on handpump.
Highly recommended.
WipersTom - 19 Apr 2011 13:56
I'm surprised that bite says your pub is not registered???
I have been in numerous times and always enjoyed the relaxed, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Real ales are fantastic and regularly changed, barstaff genuinely polite and helpful, ample parking at rear where there's the most gorgeous view to the coast and whoever looks after the garden does a fantastic job!certainly dont agree with negative comments. Looking forward to more summer evenings in that garden. Keep up the good work
beerinmybeard - 4 Apr 2011 09:21
Now open all day again and serving lunches - according to the sign outside.
sussexred - 6 Jan 2011 14:53
The opening times for the Half Moon have changed to 1500-2300 in the week and 1200-2300 at weekends.
sussexred - 21 Apr 2008 15:01
Two visits in the last month, once for a Sunday lunch the other on Christmas Day. So far so good, food was fine, beer was OK and despite being a bit tatty the place clearly seemed to be trying fairly hard. Must visit again soon to see if the negative comments elsewhere are justified but so far so good.
cfowler - 2 Jan 2008 23:37
No. The Harveys was really very poor on our visit- flat and lifeless. Didn't help that the place was empty and they had awful piped musak. Frankly amazed on this outing that the place is in the Good Beer Guide given the competition in the area.
Beerwulf - 31 Oct 2007 20:05
Many congrats Ken & Jane (& Kevin!) on your entry in the new CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Well deserved!
sussexred - 19 Sep 2007 11:38
PS: I really can't understand the low rating for this good pub. I can only assume it's carried over from the bad old days of the "Jack Cade" . . . . .
sussexred - 5 Jul 2007 12:38
This continues to be a good pub for all age groups - welcoming staff, great beer and good quality food. The menu's not overpriced unlike a lot of other pubs in the area. There are two or three very comfortable linked seating areas and a lively bar area. The pool table's in a separate room. The garden's been done now - a great place to sit and enjoy the view. The best of the pubs on the ridge road from Heathfield to Battle.
sussexred - 2 Jul 2007 13:05
Great pub! As far as a country pub goes, this has almost everything. A change of hands about a year or so ago, meant this went from the most awful, chav ridden pub in Sussex to a pub where you no longer felt old being +18.

The pub does need work on the garden, which is in the plans, as it has some of the finest views. You can see the sea 11 miles distant on a clear day.

They refitted the kitchen and do tremendous home made pizza'a which would embarass Pizza Express. Still got a "country pub feel" only without the tar grime or death watch beetle. Usuall a selection of 3-4 differnet real ales, usually including a local like Harveys, and something more interesting. Recently served Belhavens Fruit Bitter on draught!

Staff genuinely friendly, plenty of parking. Its gone from a place I avoided all but once in 20 years, to one I visit frequently, and thats just downto the change in ownership, degriming, and a hard line taken on under age drinkers.
anonymous - 6 Aug 2006 21:10
No longer the Jack run on generator cade..... the newly re-owned n repainted - Half Moon.
Grabbed a few in their last night, seemed different.
They have San Miguel which is always a bonus for me...
Okish pool table tucked out back in its own lil room.
At a right result the land lady allowed for sum more "upbeat" as i requested and had to dive into the cars cd changer to retrieve LTJ bukem (progressive d&b *chilled) Well worth a visit.

bongviz - 5 May 2005 17:12
The day has come to say good bye to a dear old friend! Heathfield will never be the same again! RIP THE JACK CADE
D. B - 21 Sep 2004 12:54
I have been known to frequent the ĎJack Cadeí this has got to be one of the best pubs in the world.(Probably)
I suggest that if you havenít been their then you havenít been to a pub!
On a quiet night you can here the faint groan of the locals paying of there tabs!
I am the resident DJ at the pub, oh and by the way I donít have a bar tab!
Go on you know you want to give it a go!!!

Spencer - 7 Jan 2004 17:31
Had a great night new years eve! Big improvement since last visit! The DJ was fantastic, wouldn't mind getting his number!
A.M - 7 Jan 2004 17:16
The greatest pub of all time! Losers party's are the best!
Kelly - 10 Jul 2003 13:08

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