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Who serves the best coffee&working lunch in Lewes?

On 2 Jul 2012 at 3:16pm Scary Portas wrote:
Where serves the best coffee in Lewes -well, best espresso not half a pint of hot milk with chocolate powder on top? Decent coffee in a nice, clean cup?
Where is the best place to get lunch at the top end of town -nothing too fancy or dear, just a decent panini or fresh sandwich/salad? I am thinking of working in Lewes nr Council building and wanted to do my homework as I dont want to eat at my desk (not that I'm a messy eater!)
No slander or ads wanted, but welcome any little insights or hidden gems, I plan to visit them all over coming weeks before I start my job in September. Any comments on seating and access welcome too
On 2 Jul 2012 at 3:44pm Country Boy wrote:
There only two places for me. The Patisserie in Station Street and Buttercup at the opposite end of town to where you want. Both make proper coffee and actually ask how you would like it. Food in both is good although Buttercup doesn't do sandwiches and the patisserie doesn't do salads. At other places, either the service is far too slow (Magasin) or the coffee doesn't meet the description on the label e.g cappucino that has no froth, americano that is just coloured water etc. And then of course there is Neros and Costa!
On 2 Jul 2012 at 3:59pm footymum 26 wrote:
I like Baltica up by the bottleneck. Great choice of food and drink.
On 2 Jul 2012 at 5:18pm Pete wrote:
Yup, the buttercup is good.
On 2 Jul 2012 at 6:12pm Snapdragon wrote:
The Needlemakers Cafe does good soups, salads, sandwiches, flans and hot specials, plus good cakes and coffee. Nice friendly service and good value too. I go there often.
On 2 Jul 2012 at 8:05pm No Pot Pourri wrote:
Buttercup should be the type of place I hate - in an antique shop with semi veggi dishes and no alcohol - but the superb home cooked food and the friendly staff mean that I have been a frequent visitor.
On 2 Jul 2012 at 10:49pm Castle Gate wrote:
Buttercup Cafe every time for me. There's a new larger room just opened. The atmosphere in Baltica is good too, and I've enjoyed several breakfasts there.
On 2 Jul 2012 at 11:22pm the old mayor wrote:
It would be easier to list those shops not selling coffees actually. Its a cappuccino tsunami Lewes !! For the real afficinado's there's always Costas at Tesco !!
On 3 Jul 2012 at 8:48am Mr Forks wrote:
I grind my own at home!!
On 3 Jul 2012 at 9:24am scary portas wrote:
Good tips -I think the reason why there are so many coffee shops is that its one of the few little luxury items that people are happy to spend money on and that you cant order online and gives the appearance of wealth (albeit temporary!) - seems to be most High Streets are mainly charity shops and coffee shops especially when there is a lack of 'urban workers'.
Costas in Tesco -polishing and dung spring to mind! Thanks all-
To the Bottleneck!
On 3 Jul 2012 at 10:51am Clifford wrote:
Patisserie in Station Street for me. Really nice people serving in there too.
On 3 Jul 2012 at 11:18am Snapdragon wrote:
Passed the patisserie in Station Street today and wish I'd tried it now. Instead carried on to Laporte's and had breakfast there. Never again - like eating on a crowded tube train.
On 3 Jul 2012 at 11:20am Cheeky Monkey wrote:
Try Cheese Please for coffee and a freshly made sarnie.
Its good I tell thee!
On 4 Jul 2012 at 3:23pm Leweslad wrote:
i cant believe the needlemakers hasnt been mentioned more. In my opinon by far the best coffee in lewes. Great food, and amaking cakes. Plus really friendly staff.
On 4 Jul 2012 at 7:30pm brixtonbelle wrote:
Can thoroughly recommend the Limetree kitchen for coffee and lunch (but no sarnies). Also Grange gardens is great for sarnies, but seasonal only.
On 8 Jul 2012 at 4:53pm spike wrote:
Agree about Limetree Kitchen, lovely coffee and an excellent place to have lunch. Plus they do a selection of delicious sandwiches that I would highly recommend.

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