On 6 Dec 2012 at 12:36am Castle Gate wrote:
You've probably heard that Harveys newest outlet, The Rights Of Man, in the premises of what used to be Lincolns, previously The Rainbow, is opening on Friday at 3pm; and I for one will be there to see inside and taste the beer. Its kitchen, says the brewery, won't be open until after Christmas.
The interior is still a mystery to me, beyond the panelling, but I truly hope the new premises shall be an asset to our town; and, as you can see from my name, it is the nearest pub to our location.
For your information (skip all this if you'd rather read something interesting) licencing arrangements appear similar, at present, to those which Lincolns enjoyed: the alcohol sale licence, granted on 24th November just past, is generally 10am to midnight, with a 1.30am stop on Fridays and Saturdays, and a midday to 11.30pm alcohol licence on Sundays only. Let us always remember that licenced hours are often longer than a premises' chosen opening hours and, in many pubs in Lewes, that is the case. Drinking-up time in all cases is 30 minutes following the end of alcohol sales.
A further additional hour into the morning is added to the licence following every Friday and Saturday for each May Bank Holiday, Spring/Whitsun Bank Holiday and every August Bank Holiday weekend. The same condition exists following every Friday and Saturday for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend; and likewise for every Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. And New Year's Eve is given a licence from the start of permitted hours New Years Eve to the end of permitted hours New Years Day. Does that mean all-night opening is permitted?
I am not a professional in the licenced trade, so it was a first-time experience reading the licencing hours. Some of the other conditions seemed eminently sensible to me. Here's an example:
(4) The responsible person shall ensure that no alcohol is dispensed directly by one person into the mouth of another (other than where that other person is unable to drink without assistance by reason of a disability).
(5) The responsible person shall ensure that free tap water is provided on request to customers where it is reasonable (sic.) available.
The premises is to promote a licensed taxi service to facilitate its customers making onward journeys. The taxi operator will be asked not to sound the horn on pickup.
Access to and the use of the outside roof area shall cease at 2130 hrs daily.
The Licence holder or his representative will assess the noise levels outside the premises at regular intervals during the provision of regulated entertainment. If the noise is found to be loud enough to be audible at the boundary of the premises at 61c High Street Lewes (ie. words to songs are clearly audible or the bass beat or drums are dominant) then the noise level of the music will be reduced to an appropriate level. (NOTE: 61 High Street is the Charcoal Grill)
Friday, 3pm, then.
On 6 Dec 2012 at 8:23am Pete wrote:
Do they serve coffee and tea ?
On 6 Dec 2012 at 5:18pm Merlin Milner wrote:
Just walked past the pub. Looks great from the outside. Will have to sample when open.
On 6 Dec 2012 at 7:00pm Zebedee wrote:
3pm tomorrow? Networking and beer opportunity? Sounds great.
On 7 Dec 2012 at 4:52pm boozy wrote:
Just drove past it and I've got to say theyve done a stunning job with the exterior. Looks like its been there 100 yrs! Lewes desperately needs more decent boozers and I just hope its as nice inside.
On 7 Dec 2012 at 8:16pm Sussex Jim wrote:
I went in at the official opening time, and was served a nice pint of Harvey's Best, in a jug, by a cheerful busty barmaid. All for £3.30 (the same price for Armada). Within an hour it was fairly full, with what could be best described as the Saga generation. It looks like it has the makings of a good traditional town pub.
On 8 Dec 2012 at 8:25pm Garethlewes wrote:
Looking forward to this pub openeing. I didn't turn 21 until July and I was away whilst Lincolns closed, as people know they didn't let u21s in there at some points. I will be frequenting there often if it is a nice bar/pub. Can't wait to get back into Lewes and try it out, especially when it is fully operational.
On 9 Dec 2012 at 5:46pm Daphne wrote:
Congratulations Harveys! The exterior does the High Street justice and I love the name, very fitting for Lewes. For eighteen years until recently when I retired, I owned the business Renwick Clarke next door, no ownership has come close to the style you have brought.......
I wish you sucess and prosperity and will pop in as soon as I can.
On 10 Dec 2012 at 11:26am Ed Can Do wrote:
That looks like a pretty restrictive licence they've got actually. As far as I'm aware, most pubs in Lewes have a licence to open round the clock if they wanted to, it's just that none of them want to. That was certainly the case a few years ago, things might have changed since then though.
On 10 Dec 2012 at 4:19pm Taff wrote:
I popped in there Saturday afternoon, initial thoughts were it was OK. Certainly the best bitter was very good. However whilst supping my beer a few thoughts came to me. Not too sure about the booth arrangement myself but most of all why is that column there. Does it serve a purpose or is it just decorative? Either way it does seem to be in the way.
On 11 Dec 2012 at 8:43am Happy -drinker wrote:
I went there on Saturday , as was extremely busy with a warm and friendly atmostphear . The staff where all helpful with the most wonderful smiles ( rare behind a bar Theese says ! ) and the young but knowledgable manager was also very welcoming . I love the fact Harvey's has transformed the place into a London -style traditional boozer . And can't wait to see the completed project . It's only open 12-8 while the work continues I believe but its definitely worth a pint ( very lovely pint indeed I must add ) just missing a few finishing touch such as coat hooks .