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Lewes pubs - reasons to be cheerful!

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On 26 Mar 2018 at 9:01pm Archie wrote:
While there's a lot of coffee houses soaking the town with hit and miss results, there's a lot of reasons to celebrate when it comes to the stronger stuff. The Patch is serving well-chosen craft beers, the Royal Oak has been beautifully refurbished, the Rights of Man are still newish and doing well and even The Gardeners has had a lick of paint! The JHT, Snowdrop and Brewers are as popular as ever and the Crown has been put out of its misery! Elsewhere, numerous cocktail bars, restaurants and other low-key outlets have opened. So, Lewes has a bar or boozer for every taste and budget. The town's changing but it's not all bad news!
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On 26 Mar 2018 at 9:15pm Steve wrote:
Not forgetting the Arms and Elly. Yes we're very lucky (ignore the Volly)!
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On 26 Mar 2018 at 9:26pm ThomasJeromeNewton wrote:
Having spent several days in another Sussex town, which is nearly twice the size, but with half the pubs I can only endorse this thread
Another thread has posited that Lewes ain’t all that compared to other towns. Anyone who has lived for any length of time in other british twins wouldn be all too aware of his unique Lewes is
To have so many good boozers in a town this small is astonishing.
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On 26 Mar 2018 at 11:18pm Oldbutintouch wrote:
Great to read some upbeat and literate posts - more good news, Fleurets website is listing the Crown as sold.
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On 26 Mar 2018 at 11:40pm From London wrote:
Ok beer heads let’s more on
Someone’s lost a cat fgs!!
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On 27 Mar 2018 at 6:22am Tiara wrote:
Address 191 High Street Lewes East Sussex BN7 2NA
Proposal Conversion of existing commercial unit to 13 residential units
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On 27 Mar 2018 at 8:09am Country Life wrote:
I went into the Royal Oak and they've done a really good job in there. It all still looks a bit new but then it has just been refurbed and is staffed by ex-JHT team so they know what they're doing. It doesn't seem like a boozer like The Gardeners for example and with a long banquette along the front wall it's set for food but a look at the menu show's it's not going to be overly poncey and is reasonably priced.
A great save of a dive of a pub, good work! I hope it does well - use it or lose it!
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On 27 Mar 2018 at 5:09pm Puffin wrote:
Liked the royal oak more before, drinks were cheaper and miss karaoke!
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On 27 Mar 2018 at 5:45pm dotty wrote:
Royal oak is so much better now not so intimidating expecially if you are on your own and waiting for someone
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On 27 Mar 2018 at 9:34pm Drinker wrote:
You’re just got to keep your eyes closed when passing the Volly or Kings Head. Other than those we’re very lucky.
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On 28 Mar 2018 at 12:35am Theresa's Philip wrote:
3 of the very best Lewes pubs not mentioned? Lansdown, Swan & Black Horse all excellent, popular, well run pubs - great live music in Lanny now too!
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On 28 Mar 2018 at 6:05am Dan wrote:
Great news that the Crown isn’t going to be a westherspoons and destroy all our wonderful pubs.
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On 28 Mar 2018 at 10:02am From London wrote:
Quite agree Dan. Why should the people of Lewes enjoy a great pub, reasonably price food, extensive real ale range , and £2.79 a pint.
Perhaps you might try a ‘spoons one day. The one outside Eastbourne station is good
Take your head out of your back side you snob
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On 28 Mar 2018 at 10:15am To Hailsham and 'spoons wrote:
where you can park nearby, free .
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On 28 Mar 2018 at 12:09pm Mac the knife and fork wrote:
Spoons to go in prezzos ?
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On 28 Mar 2018 at 1:00pm Country Life wrote:
@From London. Totally agree that a Spoons would add value to Lewes. Average food in my view but very impressive if you're a real ale drinker.
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On 28 Mar 2018 at 1:22pm Shop around wrote:
If you want 'Spoons style food, just go to the Green Man in Ringmer, they'll serve you a mountain of reasonably well prepared food for a pittance.

The Royal Oak is so much nicer now than it was before, it's a massive improvement and if people are nostalgic for that old 70's boozer feel, the Brewers still has it, right down to the sticky carpets. Also the karaoke is at the Volly now I believe.
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On 29 Mar 2018 at 9:50am Len wrote:
The Lamb is a good pub too. Nothing wrong with the Volly (great beer too) just the occasional nutter, but they are everywhere. Tally Ho is a great estate pub.
Agree that we are lucky with the choice we have.
My only gripe- the top of the Rights is about the only place to have a beer, a smoke and a view. Although I need to try the back of the Brewers
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On 30 Mar 2018 at 8:02pm Jude wrote:
Can someone explain why the volunteer and the tally ho should be avoided. I moved into Lewes a few years ago and have popped into some of the pubs around town. I have never found any issues. Is it an old reputation that can not be change regardless of who runs them
Or is more about snobbery


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