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Country pub near Lewes

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On 23 Mar 2016 at 9:33am Pete Manyata wrote:
Any recommendations for a country pub within a ten-mile radius of Lewes that isn't completely given over to food. I knew these places rely on food to survive, but perhaps one that still feels like a pub instead of a restaurant, where there's a labrador snoozing by an open fire and the locals stare at you when you walk in.
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 11:56am Pat mekok wrote:
Try the chalkpit on the Offham Road, Wednesday is pensioner's perks, for a small portion
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 12:41pm A Person wrote:
The Chalkpit no longer exists: it's the Curry Cottage now.
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 12:50pm Pat Mekon wrote:
The Cock on the Uckfield road. How far is the cock inn ? eh, Pat Mycock.
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 1:31pm Lewes resident wrote:
You could try the Plough and Harrow at Littlington? Lovely fire and plenty of locals and dogs! Delicious food also.
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 2:03pm ar10642 wrote:
The Royal Oak at Newick is pretty good if you want an open fire and dogs. They usually have Harveys Old on draught as well if that's your kind of thing,
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 2:08pm Lewes Fella wrote:
The Cock is much more restaurant than pub.
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 2:25pm Fred wrote:
Anchor in ringmer ?
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 3:31pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
The Yew Tree at Chalvington has a restaurant, but the back bar almost completely meets your requirements (the dog that I usually see in there is a springer, not a lab).
The Horns Lodge at Chailey is still pretty unspoilt, but under new management so could change at any moment.
A bit further afield, the Hatch at Colemans Hatch is lovely, despite being much "improved" since the days when the ladies lav was an outside privy and the food was pies and pasties in a glass case on the bar.
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 4:01pm Al Colic wrote:
The Hare and Hounds on the Laughton Road. The Fox at Southeram or the Swan in Chailey.
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 4:16pm The Twister wrote:
The Angler's Rest at Barcombe Mills
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 4:44pm Long Man wrote:
Seconded;- The Plough and Harrow, Litlington. Like everywhere, it does sell food, but also really great beer and there are a decent mix of people and dogs there.
The Anchor in Ringmer is very nice, but it's hardly a pub any more.
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 5:09pm Dan Dare wrote:
I'm after you Mekon . Al colic you must be old to remember the H+H serving drinks Or maybe you're a Time Lord.
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 7:14pm Polly Pynn wrote:
I'm not sure if it's still open these days but one of my favourite pubs has always been The New Inn at Hadlow Down It used to be one of those pubs that had to be seen to be believed. It looks like an abandoned railway station from the outside but the enormous fire place and general paraphenalia has been lovingly collected rather than bought as a pubco job lot. The last time I visited, food consisted of the landlord driving into Heathfield and coming back with Fish n chips for whoever had ordered it. That was the late seventies mind, might have to go again to see if it's changed.
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 7:34pm Sussex Jim wrote:
The Cock at Ringmer (on the A26) has a separate restaurant to the snug bar area . The Yew Tree is good, as is the Royal Oak.
The Anglers' Rest is now closed.
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 7:38pm Richard wrote:
Flipping heck Polly Pynn, that brings back memories. I got 'volunteered' by a work colleague to help out at Tinker's Farm for a weekend and my reward was a Saturday night in the New Inn complete with Fish and Chips. Incidentally, the man who owned Tinker's Farm (Claude I think his name was) kept his severed finger in a jar on the mantlepiece!
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 7:47pm supporter wrote:
swan in Chailey is shut
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 8:06pm H Samuel wrote:
Cock or Juggs? I know which I prefer.
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 8:44pm Old Plumber wrote:
It was Gerald behind the bar in the New Inn. His parents owned it before him. I used to kid on younger drinkers that Gerald was Meat Loaf's secret father Way back in the day Gerald had a working petrol pump and garage workshop next to the pub. He used to break cars and sell the parts. My dad bought a car seat there for the back of his Morris Minor van for me to sit in. That would have been c.1965.
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 8:45pm bert wrote:
Dont forget that old pub, the ring of feathers.
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 9:19pm Polly Pynn wrote:
It was indeed Gerald behind the bar at the New Inn alongside the inestimable "Aunty Kitt". Gerald was very well read and went to the old Lewes Grammar School for boys in Mountfield Road (before we all went comprehensive). It was his extensive library of old magazines and books housed upstairs, that was responsible for the strange bow in the ceiling towards the eastern end of the pub.
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On 23 Mar 2016 at 10:25pm ar10642 wrote:
Confused to see so many downvotes on sensible suggestions. Forgot to mention the Laughing Fish at Isfield. Good beers and food, definitely still a pub.
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On 24 Mar 2016 at 12:49am Belladonna wrote:
Third for the Plough and Harrow. Also for the pub in Alciston - forgot it's name but a hugely grumpy landlord and a weird old fashioned feel in the bar.
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On 24 Mar 2016 at 6:20am Rose Cottage wrote:
That's the Alciston one.
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On 24 Mar 2016 at 8:27am Realist wrote:
Rose Cottage is great.
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On 24 Mar 2016 at 8:29am Snowdrop Fan wrote:
Try the Roebuck at Laughton.
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On 24 Mar 2016 at 12:36pm Old Fashioned Feel wrote:
Well I guess the origins are old but it was refurbed in the early 70's. I was working there
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On 24 Mar 2016 at 12:44pm PO wrote:
The Ram at Firle is a nice traditional pub, nice cosy fires, country locals with their dogs, good food and Harvey's beer. And the manageress is cracking looking!
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On 24 Mar 2016 at 3:23pm stevet wrote:
Laughing fish gets my vote. Definitely still feels 'pubby', nice beer garden, on the 29 bus route so no need to drive and a discount on food with a Lewes FC owners card - happy days
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On 24 Mar 2016 at 4:07pm Half Anker wrote:
Polly Pin did you stop for a gypsy's kiss in Half Anker Lane after visiting the New Inn?
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On 25 Mar 2016 at 12:21pm Skinfull wrote:
The Abergavenny at Rodmell.
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On 26 Mar 2016 at 2:55pm Happy days wrote:
The New Inn in the 80s aka Gerald, Dawn & Auntie Kit days. A real up in all senses.


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