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Pubs in Lewes

On 31 Oct 2018 at 12:01pm Vulture wrote:
Have only lived here a short while and tried out a couple of the many pubs in Lewes. Would be interested to know people’s opinions on the nicest, best atmosphere, most reasonable etc. Looking for any advice or opinions as may help narrow the choices down!
On 31 Oct 2018 at 12:04pm BG wrote:
Were you from Brighton by any chance?
On 31 Oct 2018 at 12:10pm Milly wrote:
The lansdown
On 31 Oct 2018 at 12:54pm Burnt Toast wrote:
'The Crown' by a mile.
On 31 Oct 2018 at 1:17pm Boozer wrote:
Lansdown, JHT, Gardeners, Snowdrop, Dorset, Lewes Arms
On 31 Oct 2018 at 1:18pm Trip Advisor wrote:
There's not that many, you can get round all of them in a day if you set your mind to it. Just go out and see which one you like the best, although from the tone of your post it's probably going to be the Swan.
On 31 Oct 2018 at 1:23pm Horseman7 wrote:
Try them all and form your own opinion. Each person's perception of a decent pub will vary. For me, it's an establishment that is happy to serve tea (with a smile) and has a safe, comfortable atmosphere. This could be a posh place, an absolute dive or anything in between.
On 31 Oct 2018 at 2:22pm gilly wrote:
move get out of lewes. never mind the pubs
On 31 Oct 2018 at 4:20pm The Death of Integrity wrote:
Who walks into a pub, orders a cup of tea and expects the barman to smile about it?
On 31 Oct 2018 at 4:23pm Ilovepubs wrote:
Here’s a rundown of the pubs I go to:
Black Horse: nice beers, annoying piped music. Would be great if they could just turn that off
Brewers: cosy, nice beers, can be a bit old-manny. But my current fave
Swan: Middle class, nice atmos, great garden, shame it only does Harvey’s (which is a fine beer but u want more choice)
The Patch: excellent keg beers, nice guy who runs it, decor and lighting seriously need addressing to stop it feeling like the cafe it used to be
Lewes arms: nice old pub with interesting layout; beers alright but a bit samey
Lamb: now a gin bar. Only been in once since it’s revamp, not really my scene. Probably perfect if u love gin
Lansdown: the yoof pub, though inclusive enough for old gits like me. Can be pretty noisy at weekends. Great for getting into inane drunken chats with strangers
Snowdrop: I used to go there and it was great for beer, food and atmos but not sure how it is these days
On 31 Oct 2018 at 7:03pm IluvPubs wrote:
The Snowdrop...Peaked many years ago before it tried to capture the incomers, briefly succeeded, now a shadow of its former self…..not long for this world.
The Brewers...A great Lewes free house institution, locals only and a few tourists who stumble across it after turning the wrong way out of the castle. Good for watching major sporting events.
The Lansdowne...Best pub in Lewes by a mile. Takes and accepts all sorts.
The Lewes Arms...Another institution. Has improved under the bloke in the blue jacket, but still has arrogant and self important staff. Also still attracts the same terminal bores and pseudo intellectuals (avoid Friday afternoons) It was the go to place to be seen until the Pelham Arms and Swan upped their game.
The Pelham Arms and The Swan...See above. Full of people who would normally have been considered Lewes types but are now frowned upon for having taste and discovering there is a pub life beyond the Lewes Arms.
The Rights of Man, another institution that peaked many years ago as the Rainbow, now full of braying legal types and middle class office working types who think themselves too sophisticated to be front bar bores in the Lewes Arms. Great food and roof terrace tough.
The Gardeners...People either love it or hate it, but I would bet my arm, every town would love a pub of this nature to call its own.
The Elephant and Castle…True to itself for many years, a great pub, for any occasion and any day of the week.
The Lamb, was great under the previous bar one manger, became a druggie and dropout den under the last manager and is now a very poor attempt at upmarket bar. It should be and could be a great pub and music venue…..but it isn’t either anymore.
The Patch….Is it a Pub?, is it a Cafe?, either way, apart from the decor, it is very, very good.
On 1 Nov 2018 at 4:11pm stayathome wrote:
Great character synopsis of them all. I now know why we don't go to any of them.

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