The Lewes Arms - Lewes

Pub, Bar, Bars and Pubs, Gastropub



Mount Pl, Lewes, BN7 1YH

+44 1273 473152




Based on 88 reviews.


Agregated reviews (88) The Lewes Arms - Lewes

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One of the very best pubs in Lewes, a town full of great pubs. Another reviewer has said that they were poorly treated by the management but I couldn't possibly imagine this to be a fair or even plausible situation. The management and the staff are - to a tee - some of the best professionals in the business. I spent the larger portion of 2 days of my very rare days off in and out of the place and got to know the place and the people pretty well - and realised afterwards that I'd actually worked for the Manager a few years back and she was the very same lovely, kind, caring, compassionate and very, very patient woman that I remembered working for briefly all those years ago!

Brighton pub frequenters will remember her from the Basketmakers, which I think the world universally applauds as one of the best pubs anywhere, and she and her team have got the same magic happening at the Lewes Arms, which is also one of the best pubs in the world!

The food is great, the beer is well chosen and perfectly kept, the staff are all right on point and a pleasure to talk to, and will accommodate you in any way that they can, and the locals are all an absolute delight. I grew up in Lewes and have been in and out of that place since I was a small boy, and it's only ever been brilliant in there,The current team does fantastic justice to a beautiful pub with an awesome history.

5 by Jim Hatley Review source

With three bar areas downstairs, two outside areas and an upstairs, there's almost certain to be a nook for conversations, although sometimes this pub's popularity means it is far from quiet. Although the Lewes Arms stocks the local beer from Harveys, the establishment is owned by Fuller's brewery in London so the choice of ales will not necessarily be entirely local. The kitchen hours are long, and it stays open all afternoon, serving a fairly traditional pub menu to which some slightly exotic choices are added. The beer-battered cod is often huge! Look on the blackboard for today's specials, or pick up a printed menu from the bar. Prices are always reasonable for this expensive part of England, though the beer and bar wines are not the cheapest in town. The Lewes Arms is clearly at the heart of a lively community of diverging opinions. Traditional Lewes games such as pea-throwing and Dwile Flunking (its origin lost in history), and English morris dancing teams can often be witnessed here. Regular poetry and music events take place upstairs, and the annual pantomime attracts much comment.

4 by John Warburton Review source

We popped in for a drink & a light lunch. We got our drinks at the bar & ordered sandwiches. After about half an hour we asked where are sandwiches were, to be told the kitchen was busy as everybody had ordered about the same time (it was lunchtime! Doh!) We asked again about 15 minutes later & got the same answer. After about an hour a staff member came to tell us they 'couldn't find the vegetarian sausages anywhere'. (One of our orders was for a vegetarian sausage sandwich). Absolutely ludicrous. It's a small pub, not that many people there. How could it take so long to fill a sandwich order & worse still, not come to tell us they couldn't fill our order. Not terribly apologetic. We had to ask for our money back & find somewhere else to go. My husband, a former restaurateur, said that sandwiches for everyone in the pub could have been made in ten minutes! Dreadful service. Do not go there unless you want to waste an hour of your life.

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We went there the other day for my Mums birthday and ordered a meal. However, we finished eating the main course at 20:30hrs (which is when the kitchen closes ) but when I took the plates back to order some desserts, I was told that the kitchen was closed. Not really a great way for a pub under new management to encourage new customers. The family were looking forward to a nice meal in a pub that we have been going to for over 15 years just to be let down by the very unhelpful staff. Wouldn't recommend going there for a meal.

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I visited this for a private event, and we'd booked out the upper room. The surroundings of the pub are beautifully historic, and the insides are also rather special. It's old, it lacks some of the mod cons, but it has an awful lot of character, the food was reasonable and the service is good. Our trip was enlivened by a Bonfire Society group letting off bangers and fireworks outside. Fun if you get lucky.

4 by James Duncan Review source

Went today and whilst the pub is nice and cosy the food wasn't great.
At our table two people ordered the rump steak baguette and one was half filled with meat whilst the other had a few slices. Cutlery was only bought out for two people when there were 4 eating and the food arrived at different times.
Nobody checked to see if the food was ok.
Wouldn't visit again in a hurry

3 by Review source

Can't easily beat this Lewes institution. The archetypical quirky local. Loads of stuff going on. Committed servers of Harvey's (therein lies a tale!) and good plentiful plates of reasonably priced food.
They have a small beer garden upstairs at the back and rooms you can book for free for community activities/meetings.
Limited parking and tricky access for wheelchair users.

5 by Nevil Hutchinson Review source

Pretty good pub especailly if you like them small, cosy, noisy and atmospheric.

Food is good but it's not that special and the same can be said for the service.

It would be good to come here with good friends who are a bit on the rowdy side.

I imagine this is a great place to get drunk in but I don't drink so I can't really comment on the drinks.

4 by Rupert Wolfe Murray Review source

Nice food, down to earth and relaxed. There was large wait on food, flies anywhere, it was dirty and rotting flower on table with smelly water in. With more attention to detail and better communication it would have been great. The people working seemed a bit young and trendy.

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Good selection of beers shame that on Monday evening when we visited the staff were too busy playing cards with each other to serve customers say hello or goodbye regulars. I must admit I have been coming to this pub for years and never seen such appalling service.

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Cozy atmospheric pub. Extensive menu providing the perfect mix of traditional and cosmopolitan options. Attentive and prompt service. Great Sunday roast, especially enjoyed the potatoes and homemade Yorkshire puddings.

We’ll certainly be returning soon!

5 by Review source

Great little pub with plenty of charm. Lovely friendly staff that are happy to chat. Local ales and beers on offer with plenty of other spirits to choose from. Not a bad Sunday lunch with other items on the menu.

4 by Brian Membry Review source

Has a number of different areas with different feels (but all cosy and charming), including an outside area. Food is good and cheap, with a varied menu. Great range of beer, lovely staff, great atmosphere.

5 by Becks Atkinson Review source

Good quality food. Had the steak from the specials with a runny egg and it was cooked beautifully and full of flavour. Portion sizes are very generous. Probably not the place to go for dessert.

4 by Martin Chapman Review source

Lovely, friendly corner pub. Always welcoming and patient with my indecision as to what I want. Their menu caters to all tastes and food quite delicious. Portions generous. X

4 by Sonni Mulvan Review source

The food is delicious!
And I do love the idea of the life drawing classes upstairs, while taking a drink or snack from the bar, even if is one day every another week

3 by Review source

The staff that his been here for 5+ years are great. Others need to learn. Stuck up obnoxious customers I can do without, they will get their come uppence.

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We stopped here after walking along the South Downs Way from Hassocks. The perfect pub to stop in after some wet and muddy hiking for a rewarding beer.

5 by Daniel Lattimer Review source

Great pub with good selection of beers, great staff and open fire. Traditional Sussex pub with much history and well worth a visit if you are in Lewes

4 by Sam Monson Review source

A fine no-nonsense back street boozer with a loyal following of regulars and proud tradition. Good selection of ales - and NOTHING from Greene King!

4 by Robin Sharp Review source

Great vegetarian Sunday roast! Massive servings, well cooked veg and yummy nutroast. Friendly staff and extra gravy when asked. Highly recommend.

5 by Review source

Unreconstructed 'proper' pub. With drinkable beers and suitably blurry views through the frosted glass partition from the back room.

5 by Simon Latham Review source

Traditional Harvey's pub situated in the heart of Lewes. This isn't a modern creation, this is how pubs used to be. Give it a try

4 by David Hill Review source

Great pub for any time but especially bonfire night. Scottish bag-pipers came in to each bar and played tunes on their pipes. Wonderful!!

5 by Deborah Hiller Review source

Love this Pub. Come every time I visit Lewes.. Food very good. Choice of drinks is also good.\\r
Pub has a quaint interior.\\r

4 by Review source

Generally good food at a good price. Service is corteous. Quality though is not always constant, sometimes better sometimes not so good.

3 by Francesco Barilla Review source

Absolutely great pub with a great ale rack, good service and decent nosh. It is always busy which means getting a chair/table is an art.

5 by James Eaton-Brown Review source

Lovely proper pub. Good food, fish and chips was excellent, sausage and mash looked great. Well kept beer. What more could you ask?

5 by Julian Perrott Review source

Good traditional pub with an extensive food menu. If they had a broader craft beer/real ale selection would have been a 5.

4 by Jez MacDonald Review source

Traditional pub with good Sunday roast. Upstairs event space is a bit dated looking but offers extra seating for food.

4 by Maya Ebrahim Review source

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