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On 16 Sep 2018 at 7:56pm Chicken lover wrote:
Is it true their is a Nando’s coming to town?
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On 16 Sep 2018 at 8:16pm Marco wrote:
No. Not enough potential punters. These fast food junk shops work on high volumes and continuous growth. This is all good news as it means that we will never have a “Spoons” , McDonalds or Burger King or indeed any of the other purveyors of saturated fat treats.
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On 16 Sep 2018 at 8:22pm Mr Jolly wrote:
Newhaven has a mcdonalds and a KFC yet has a smaller population than lewes.
What does this mean?
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On 16 Sep 2018 at 8:32pm Sussex Drinker wrote:
I appreciate your point Marco: but Wetherspoons do pub style meals, not junk. It's basic fare, but reasonably priced- and many meals include a drink.
Most Lewes pubs charge around £4 for a pint or glass of wine.
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On 16 Sep 2018 at 8:35pm arthur wrote:
In 2011, Newhaven population was 12,000+, Lewes about 13,000. So not much in it, but Newhaven has more workers!
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On 16 Sep 2018 at 9:08pm Marco wrote:
Newhaven is a busy port so a rather wonderful place to flog stuff to the masses.
Re Spoons, I agree the food and drink offering is pretty decent. Not enough folk here tho’ so no Spoons.
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On 16 Sep 2018 at 10:44pm Local wrote:
Burgess Hill has a Spoons
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On 16 Sep 2018 at 10:50pm Dexter wrote:
Spoons became the behemoth that they are by bulk buying short dated beer on the cheap. These days, at £5+ a pint in most pubs, they now have the muscle to undercut all their competitors and see them out of business. One of their beer drinking black-holes would be devastating for Lewes. Their food is as unloved as their beer. Resist.
I can understand anyone's moral objections to fast food restaurants but there can't be many places in the UK without any major chains.
That's fantastic to those who can afford it but not everyone can.
The town is lucky to have fatastic eateries like the Limetree Kitchen, it's great but I can't afford to pop there with the kids at will.
Unlike the pseudo chains bolted on to the Premier Inn, I can't see a Nando's hitting our town's wonderful restaurants too hard.
It just might mean that less salubrious families will be able to go out to eat on occasion. There's no 'budget' restaurant choice in Lewes; nothing.
I'm not a junk food evangalist but that lack of an option and objections to it is just horrible snobbery.
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On 17 Sep 2018 at 7:01am Conflicted wrote:
Not sure that most pints are £5 plus, but there is a tension here.
People quite understandably want Lewes to retain its heart and soul and general “differentness”.
However, whether this should extend to having the unit under The Premier Inn and what was Prezzo’s empty is the issue. If one was a Wetherspoons and one was a McDonald’s, both would be very busy and provide lots of much needed jobs.
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On 17 Sep 2018 at 7:48am Pedant wrote:
Their always be a Lewes and Lewes will be free
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On 17 Sep 2018 at 8:30am Amon Wildes wrote:
I’m assuming that Hixon Green are going in to Prezzo? Anyone confirm?
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On 17 Sep 2018 at 9:25am Where’s my Audi? wrote:
Dexter you complain about horrible food snobbery just after your snobby comments about Wetherspoons.
The few I’ve been in have been fine and the guest ales varied and well kept. The one outside eastbourne station was selling Old Dairy stout for £2.79 a pint last time I went in which was last winter.
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On 17 Sep 2018 at 9:37am Mr Jolly wrote:
I find it odd how people object to the likes of nandos or mcdonalds in lewes, yet they tolerate two Costa Coffees (more if you include the vending machines). Costa is to coffee what mcdonalds is to burgers except Costa produces more plastic pollution.
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On 17 Sep 2018 at 9:45am Mavis wrote:
There is a Costa coffee in Tesco's too, if you want a day out shopping !!!!
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On 17 Sep 2018 at 9:47am John B wrote:
Lewes is capable of catering to all budgets and tastes, personally I love all the quirky little restaurants and coffee shops ( one of the many pluses of the London money) but isn’t there room for a Nando’s or a Mc Donald’s? Maybe out on one of the industrial estates .. I think the buses run to these estates from The poorer parts of town
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On 17 Sep 2018 at 11:15am MG wrote:
As I remember, some years ago McDonalds applied for planning permission to open a branch in the conservation area (possibly where Pizza Express is now.. They were told they could not reconfigure the frontage to conform to their standard arches format, so they withdrew.
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On 17 Sep 2018 at 1:18pm Barkingupthewrong wrote:
The Limetree is absolutely rubbish. Food served cold, over-priced, quality of produce terrible, rude service. I've eaten there three times and each time have been further surprised at how much worse it's become. I don't know why people keep saying it's okay. It really isn't. Better off in a 'Spoons. And that, unfortunately, is not a joke. Lewes needs a decent independent restaurant that's for sure. And the Limetree ain't it.
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On 17 Sep 2018 at 8:33pm @Marco wrote:
Not the whole picture Marco. They want a balance of high volume and low costs. So Newhaven has enough customers to make it profitable because the cost of rent is very low. Lewes has just as many people but rent is so high that it’s not profitable.
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On 18 Sep 2018 at 7:31am Tidy wrote:
I’ve eaten in The Limetree Kitchen many times and the food has always been fantastic and the service second to none.


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