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Latest reviews from Lewes

66 /100 91 HIGH STREET
“Pretty Tudor exterior, and nice homey wooden interior, an old-school pub. I'd done the Harveys selection, but this had some interesting guests, including one of my favourites - Tring. competent staff, at both ends of the pipes, that Tring was delish! Another pub that makes Lewes a very worthy beer spot.“
FatPhil 897 days ago
62 /100 179 HIGH STREET
“5 real ales and 5 kegs of harveys, plus some unimportant nothingbeers. Nice wooden interior, warm and wecoming. Decent enough staff happily accomodated the half-pint petes that we were. Food menu said it had a foodie vibe, but didn't partake. Nice place to relax.“
FatPhil 897 days ago
64 /100 6 CLIFFE HIGH STREET
“Slightly tourist shop fee, but a fancy one, not tat. Good selection of beers, including some interesting growler fills, and weird and wonderfuls bottles of stuff I'd never even heard of before. Including some 2.7% early morning starter juice. Right on the beaten path, definitely worth popping your head in.“
FatPhil 897 days ago
70 /100 119 SOUTH STREET
“A wonderful cuiriosity of a pub - somewhat quirky interior decs, but feels friendly and fun. Good selection of real ales, on form, and even a cask lager and a fantastic real cider when we were there. Service with a smile, they seem to care about what they sell. Top place.“
FatPhil 897 days ago
64 /100 BEAR YARD, CLIFFE HIGH STREET.
“Nice place, a bit like a tea shop in parts, but a more pubby feel at the bar end. We sat in the half tun, which was nice. Good range of Harvey's beers on tap, all in good condition. Well worth a visit. I found it a bit hard to find, we wandered up and down a bit before we found the entrance.“
FatPhil 898 days ago
68 /100 46 CLIFFE HIGH STREET
“Nice little boozer. Friendly feel. Nice staff. Real ales on good form. Just what you want from a pub.“
FatPhil 898 days ago
72 /100 36 LANSDOWN PLACE
“Very nice classic pub with plenty of locals but also a gang of hikers relaxing after a long days walk. Good selection including a Landlord in perfect condiction.“
ekstedt 1254 days ago
72 /100 BEAR YARD, CLIFFE HIGH STREET.
“A very nice little pub closer to the brewery. Cosey athmosphere, rustic interior with darw wood. A good selection of Harveys beers in perfect condition.“
ekstedt 1254 days ago
78 /100 HIGH STREET
“Very nice place with a friendly and attentive service .. when we asked about their brews ( not on at when we came in ) they replied to us the beers are coming the day later ( cask ) .. they actually put on one of their beer in a tap which was a NE.Ipa that was pretty good and fresh .. if you’re in town and more lucky than us well worth the visit ..“
jorge76 1264 days ago
72 /100 179 HIGH STREET
“Maybe the best Harvey’s in town well kept and with clean pipes ( which seems to be not so obvious in England) .Very food oriented with many people having their dinner here.. good place“
jorge76 1264 days ago
72 /100 BEAR YARD, CLIFFE HIGH STREET.
“God pub with only Harvey’s beers .. we had our lunch here which was very good .. well kept casks ..“
jorge76 1264 days ago
84 /100 46 CLIFFE HIGH STREET
“Is for place like this one I still come to England.. Traditional boozer with old style pub feeling .. not only Harvey’s beer on tap but mainly local .. “ good “ people in here spending their time drinking here ..“
jorge76 1267 days ago
82 /100 119 SOUTH STREET
“At the bottom of the town, if you pass along a couple of residential streets, below the huge white chalk cliffs there’s a pub called the Snowdrop, so named because of a deadly tragedy involving an avalanche of snow from the cliffs above many years previously. Yes that’s right, an avalanche in Lewes. Pub has a bright and intriguing appearance and even more so inside. Bright and colourful touches of counterculture and interesting knick knacks decorating the walls and bar. Surf boards hang from the ceiling. Beer list is great and includes Burning Sky, 360, Harvey’s and other local craft brewers. Cask condition is excellent and bar staff are bright and friendly. Very much community pub with old boys perched at the bar, hipster craft beer fans and the local thirty and forty somethings. My fav pub in Lewes.“
EdKing 1452 days ago
70 /100 BEAR YARD, CLIFFE HIGH STREET.
“The pub in Lewes nearest the brewery, in a little riverside alleyway.Large but inside is a bit old school spartan and basic. Some of the casks are served on gravity and there's a good range.Food is also decent. I prefer the Rights of Man up the road because it's cosier, but this is always handy as it's a stone's throw from the Harvey's shop.“
EdKing 1453 days ago
72 /100 179 HIGH STREET
“Harveys pub in the heart of Lewes dedicated to Lewes resident Thomas Paine.Not able as having one of the best ranges of Harveys pub in the town. Cosy old school pub, which can get quite busy and has a very nice food menu. All the beers I tried were in tip top condition: Armada, Kiss, Best, Wharf IPA, Wild Hop etc. Also have the keg range including the Stout.Would rather drink here than the John Harvey Tavern. Nicer vibe, slightly better range.“
EdKing 1453 days ago
70 /100 55 WESTERN ROAD
“Pub at the top of the hill in Lewes. Think it’s Green King as the in house bitter Black Horse bitter is a Moreland Beer. Friendly bar service and a cask tap list of 6 to 8 beers all of which was in great condition on a Friday at midday. Vibe is modern pub.“
EdKing 1453 days ago
72 /100 91 HIGH STREET
“Old school Harvey’s town pub. Bog standard old style interior. Wood panels, old carpet, framed pictures of the town from many years ago. Clientele is local old boys. Beer is absolutely bang on form and perfect condition. Two Harvey’s beers on tap. 4 guests and standard keg beers.“
EdKing 1453 days ago
74 /100 BEAR YARD, CLIFFE HIGH STREET.
“Visited on 11th September 2017. Large riverside pub a stones throw from the brewery. Lovely looking pub, lots of low beams and a really nice feel to the place, got lots of Harvey's bottles and memorabilia around the place. Beer choice had a mix of cask and keg offerings from Harvey's. Service was good. Prices and quality of beer was also fecent. Definitely one to visit in Lewes“
WingmanWillis 1575 days ago
70 /100 46 CLIFFE HIGH STREET
“Visited on 11th September 2017. Nice traditional boozer a few doors down and across the street from the Harvey's bottle shop. It's pretty basic inside. Central bar splits the place in two. Good range of cask beers from across the UK which were well kept and decently priced. Service good. Decent venue.“
WingmanWillis 1575 days ago
72 /100 6 CLIFFE HIGH STREET
“Visited on 11th September 2017. Lovely old shop down in the town centre. Really nice decor and the beers are well displayed. If you are a Harvey's Dan then you're in heaven here. Lots of beer from across their range at decent prices. Picked up a few bottles from here. Staff were friendly and helpful too. I'd return to boost my Harvey's ticks!“
WingmanWillis 1576 days ago
70 /100 HIGH STREET
“We decided to seek out the Pelham Arms after hearing (at the South Downs beer fest) that they had just installed an in-house brewery. It is a rather handsome pub that has been sympathetically refurbished to strike a good balance of traditional and modern. I would guess from the cask selection (just a couple of taps) that this is/was a Badger tied pub. They have 1 keg line dispensing beer from their on-site brewery called Abyss. This was accompanied with an A4 description of the beer which in our case was a rather impressive Rye IPA. They also had another beer bottled which we got to take away. We sat in a rather pleasant beer garden in the back. A nice pub in general and worth making the effort to try the house beers. Tis a shame about the cask ales though...!“
Scopey 1680 days ago
66 /100 179 HIGH STREET
“Rights of Man is a Harvey’s - tied pub located on Lewes High Street. Inside it is rather compact (aka small), traditional and quirky. Had to squeeze in on a Saturday afternoon to try a new Harveys beer on cask (Wharf IPA). They have 4 cask lines and 7 keg, 1 of which was Harveys and the rest macro swill. A rather nice place, which I would like to enjoy on a quieter day. Worth stopping past for a tasty full pint of Lewes’ finest imo.“
Scopey 1680 days ago
72 /100 91 HIGH STREET
“We swung past the Brewers Arms before the South Downs Beer fest as it opens early doors (aka 10am). it is located on the High Street right next to the castle. It is a small and traditional looking pub with 6 cask beers from Sussex micro-breweries and 1 cask cider from Biddenden. They also have 4 keg lines which on my visit included Burning Sky and Tiny Rebel. Friendly barman and comfortable ambiance. A worthy stop on any pub crawl in Lewes.“
Scopey 1680 days ago
64 /100 177 HIGH STREET
“This outpost of Hartley’s Wines is located on Lewes High St. It is an ex Wine Rak shop bought over by an independent group. They have a about 50 -75 different beers and ciders, a large amount of which are in fridges. Plenty of cans and a good focus on some more local breweries - Harvey’s, 360 and Lost+Found. Should be a few new ones for you here. A decent enough bottle shop.“
Scopey 1680 days ago
62 /100 BEAR YARD, CLIFFE HIGH STREET.
“It’s the closest pub to Harvey’s brewery. Nothing special, rather cheap feel to it. Service was really nice but selection was a bit disappointing.“
malushky 1955 days ago
70 /100 6 CLIFFE HIGH STREET
“Must visit in Lewes for all beer fans. Pretty much all Harvey’s bottle selection is available, the only one I could not buy was Elizabethian Ale as it was out of stock. Good ambience and very good service.“
malushky 1955 days ago
66 /100 46 CLIFFE HIGH STREET
“Smallish and cosy, slightly scruffy in a god way. Decent but not huge selection.“
kwik-lime 2037 days ago
74 /100 46 CLIFFE HIGH STREET
“Nice, small and cosy place, friendly service, good selection of a variety of brews on cask.“
MrTipple 2250 days ago
70 /100 BEAR YARD, CLIFFE HIGH STREET.
“This is the closest Harvey’s pub to the brewery itself. It is fairly easy to walk past as it is located down a side-street. Traditional pub interior with plenty of Harvey’s paraphernalia and an open-fire. Rather warming on a cold and wet day! Good range of Harvey’s beers on cask hand-pull, gravity and bottles. Not exactly much rates for the likes of me, but I rather enjoyed the super-fresh and rather tasty cask ale action. A must-visit in Lewes.“
Scopey 2564 days ago
70 /100 6 CLIFFE HIGH STREET
“This is the bottle shop for the infamous Harvey’s brewery in Lewes. The shop has a fairly up-market wine-shop feel to it. Inside they have a wide selection of Harvey’s Beers, merchandise, wines and spirits. Harvey’s beers come by the crate, individual bottle or growler fills. They have pretty much the entire bottled range and some seasonals on tap. Not exactly cheap, but this is a solid venue and a must visit in the area.“
Scopey 2564 days ago
68 /100 6 CLIFFE HIGH STREET
“Placed an online order here prior to Xmas 2012. Good selection of Harveys beers, 20 or so, most in small rate friendly bottles. Good prices and fair postage rates. My case turned up well packed, promptly and damage free.“
Theydon_Bois 2598 days ago
78 /100 BEAR YARD, CLIFFE HIGH STREET.
“You can’t get your Harveys fresher than that! Just across the street from the brewery and shop the JH tavern serves a nice selection of Harveys ale, both classics and seasonals. I tried the best Bitter and Old ale which were served and tasted to perfection, as well as the Christmas ale which was available when I visited, although some might find it a bit too sweet. Foodwise the menu consists of the usual pub grub and the prices are reasonable. Only had a couple of warn snacks which were fine, but from looking around at other tables the portions seemed quite impressive. An easy and casual atmosphere, friendly staff and nice decor (it was Christmas time after all). Considering it’s the brewery tap if you only have time for one place in Lewes this pub should be your choice.“
nocheinbier 2599 days ago
66 /100 6 CLIFFE HIGH STREET
“The bottle shop and general store for Harvey’s Brewery, quite large and a little posh, thus pricey, although the beers are at a more reasonable price and you are left to browse at your own pace. The girl that served me was gorgeous.“
imdownthepub 2764 days ago
64 /100 46 CLIFFE HIGH STREET
“Small, friendly pub, fairly close to the Harveys brewery but remains a genuine freehouse. There is a reasonable selection of guest beers alongside the Harveys Sussex Bitter. Popular and a pleasant place to while away a sunny afternoon.“
imdownthepub 2764 days ago
78 /100 119 SOUTH STREET
“Cracking 1 roomed pub with horseshoe bar on the western edge of the town. The reason for visiting is the beer, so the 10 minute walk from town is certainly worthwhile. There is a very pleasant outdoor area to sit and drink, food seems quite popular throughout. I had a bit of a dispute about prices and it was good to see them putting their error right. Best pub in Lewes for me.“
imdownthepub 2766 days ago
62 /100 BEAR YARD, CLIFFE HIGH STREET.
“Picturesque old pub just off the improved shopping area around the old brewery and pedestrianised bridge. Rambling with walls full of old artefacts and a strange couple of dolls. As expected it is just Harveys beers in here, but the 2 I had in here were in very good condition, as they should be. Food seems very popular, although we didn’t eat. A must visit.“
imdownthepub 2766 days ago
64 /100 119 SOUTH STREET
“The reason for visiting this pub is that it prides itself on keeping good beer. Thornbride, marbel, magic rock pump clips line the bar and usually had at least one dark star. Staff is always super busy and at times it’s hard to get service. Occasional live music. Some nice Belgians behind the bar too.“
worldbeertaste 3100 days ago
84 /100 6 CLIFFE HIGH STREET
“Don’t know how I missed adding this on the site way back in 2006 when I last was in Lewes. Strange coming up an over the hills to descend on the dale that is this is small town. Grass, as I remember, summed up the countryside. A few good pubs, not for food but just alehouses, seamen talking swank. And then this brewery, a scene of historic significance. Just has Industrial revolution painted upon it’s edifices. The interior a possible different story, but then one just has to taste and deeply respect their Imperial Stout to understand nothing much has changed or has to change at this brewery any time soon. On the main walk in Lewes, just off an embankment. A tiny shop with nothing but beer as far as I remember, and glassware which I managed to smuggle back to Oz. A must for traditional, 19th century ales. Recommended.“
ALLOVATE 3563 days ago
64 /100 6 CLIFFE HIGH STREET
“A good merchandise and bottle shop with most of the Harvey’s range on offer, including some of the low alcohol ones.“
SaintMatty 3565 days ago
64 /100 BEAR YARD, CLIFFE HIGH STREET.
“Good ambiance and food - can’t go wrong with Harveys beer.“
kwik-lime 3880 days ago
74 /100 BEAR YARD, CLIFFE HIGH STREET.
“The Pub is next to and owned by Harveys brewery and as such serves several of their seasonal ales. The food is good, though a little basic. Beer served properly, prices are a little high for a pub next door to a brewery. Nice ambiance. Always full of people.“
Alefan90 4789 days ago
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