Guidebook for Lewes

Emma

Guidebook for Lewes

Food Scene
By far my favourite choice in Lewes for food - it's locally sourced and the pub is large and airy. Lots of ale and beer choices on offer. The bonus is it's a 5 minute walk from the house! Booking highly recommended as they get very busy.
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The Pelham Arms
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By far my favourite choice in Lewes for food - it's locally sourced and the pub is large and airy. Lots of ale and beer choices on offer. The bonus is it's a 5 minute walk from the house! Booking highly recommended as they get very busy.
Lovely sourdough pizza restaurant located upstairs of the bus station. Sit inside with the pizza oven or get take out. They also do delivery to the house!
Bus Club Pizza
Lovely sourdough pizza restaurant located upstairs of the bus station. Sit inside with the pizza oven or get take out. They also do delivery to the house!
Lovely little Thai restaurant. They also do take out if they don't have tables.
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Erawan
34 Lansdown Pl
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Lovely little Thai restaurant. They also do take out if they don't have tables.
Bustling bakery on School Hill. Lovely little garden out the back for warmer days. The cakes are delicious! And they do good lunches too.
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Flint Owl Bakery
209 High St
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Bustling bakery on School Hill. Lovely little garden out the back for warmer days. The cakes are delicious! And they do good lunches too.
Everyone in Lewes will tell you Bill's ain't what it used to be - which is very true as this chain started out in this little town as a produce store and the cafe was a sideline until it grew so big it was sold as a franchise. But it's still worth visiting the original restaurant, while the food might be local produce and cooked to order from scratch the staff are friendly and you know what you're getting.
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Bill's Lewes Restaurant
56 Cliffe High St
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Everyone in Lewes will tell you Bill's ain't what it used to be - which is very true as this chain started out in this little town as a produce store and the cafe was a sideline until it grew so big it was sold as a franchise. But it's still worth visiting the original restaurant, while the food might be local produce and cooked to order from scratch the staff are friendly and you know what you're getting.
Gorgeous cafe selling local fare and good, wholesome food. A personal favourite.
Laporte's
4 Lansdown Pl
Gorgeous cafe selling local fare and good, wholesome food. A personal favourite.
Probably the nearest restaurant to here apart from food at The Pelham Arms - decent enough chain restaurant.
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Côte Brasserie - Lewes
82 High St
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Probably the nearest restaurant to here apart from food at The Pelham Arms - decent enough chain restaurant.
Drinks & Nightlife
Lovely down to earth pub selling a choice of ales. A proper pub.
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The Lewes Arms
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Lovely down to earth pub selling a choice of ales. A proper pub.
Lovely proper pub a 10 minute walk away - always a great vibe and someone to chat to at the bar.
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The Swan Inn
30A Southover High St
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Lovely proper pub a 10 minute walk away - always a great vibe and someone to chat to at the bar.
Check the Lewes listings for live music.
The Elephant & Castle
Check the Lewes listings for live music.
Great pub just by the river but a little further away (25-30 min walk) - often have live music in the evenings. Check the website for more details.
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The Snowdrop Inn
119 South St
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Great pub just by the river but a little further away (25-30 min walk) - often have live music in the evenings. Check the website for more details.
A good place to sit and have a tea/drink plus a few tapas plates - nothing groundbreaking but a good, bustling atmosphere.
Fuego Lounge
A good place to sit and have a tea/drink plus a few tapas plates - nothing groundbreaking but a good, bustling atmosphere.
Sightseeing
Virginia Woolfs old Sussex home near to the point she walked into the river and ended her life. It's a beautiful place to visit and the walking nearby is great. You can walk to Rodmell from Lewes but it would be at least a 90 min walk. Also accessible by car.
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Monk's House
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Virginia Woolfs old Sussex home near to the point she walked into the river and ended her life. It's a beautiful place to visit and the walking nearby is great. You can walk to Rodmell from Lewes but it would be at least a 90 min walk. Also accessible by car.
Vanessa Bell's old home (Virginia Woolf's sister) and home and meeting place of the Bloomsbury Group. You'd need to drive here.
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Charleston Trust
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Vanessa Bell's old home (Virginia Woolf's sister) and home and meeting place of the Bloomsbury Group. You'd need to drive here.
Just because everyone loves a castle!
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Lewes Castle & Museum
92 High St
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Just because everyone loves a castle!
Parks & Nature
You can either walk around here and discover the old Railway land or use it as a starting point to start your walk along the river. My absolute favourite is to walk along the snaking river taking in the wildlife and views, right along to Southease. Here you can get the train back to Lewes and enjoy a well earned lunch/dinner/pint! It's about a 2.5 hour walk but it will fly by! You can stop half way to see Monk's House.
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The Railway Land Wildlife Trust
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You can either walk around here and discover the old Railway land or use it as a starting point to start your walk along the river. My absolute favourite is to walk along the snaking river taking in the wildlife and views, right along to Southease. Here you can get the train back to Lewes and enjoy a well earned lunch/dinner/pint! It's about a 2.5 hour walk but it will fly by! You can stop half way to see Monk's House.
Go right out the front door and cross over the road and walk up the bridlepath past the back of the prison. Take the right fork up by the stables and it will open out to a meadow and here you can pick up the downs - the view is stunning!
The Gallops
Go right out the front door and cross over the road and walk up the bridlepath past the back of the prison. Take the right fork up by the stables and it will open out to a meadow and here you can pick up the downs - the view is stunning!
Shopping
Collection of independent shops - homeware, spices and gifts all on sale. Plus From Victoria does the nicest houseplants as well as jewellery, bags and home nic naks!
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Backyard Cafe
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Collection of independent shops - homeware, spices and gifts all on sale. Plus From Victoria does the nicest houseplants as well as jewellery, bags and home nic naks!
Lots to discover and browse here!
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Lewes Flea Market
14A Market St
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Lots to discover and browse here!
Essentials
Literally a hop skip and jump (albeit down - and up on the return - a steep hill) from the house. Well stocked shop, including local foods and drink, closes at 7.30pm.
Leicester Road Stores
1 Leicester Rd
Literally a hop skip and jump (albeit down - and up on the return - a steep hill) from the house. Well stocked shop, including local foods and drink, closes at 7.30pm.
15-20 hilly walk or drive!
Waitrose & Partners
15-20 hilly walk or drive!
Getting Around
Cross over the crossroads for a bus stop to Brighton. The 28 and 29 buses run regularly until late. The stop the other side of the road next to the prison goes to Tunbridge Wells.
HMP Lewes
1 Brighton Rd
Cross over the crossroads for a bus stop to Brighton. The 28 and 29 buses run regularly until late. The stop the other side of the road next to the prison goes to Tunbridge Wells.
Get the 121 bus on a Saturday to Sheffield Park - a beautiful place to visit, especially in autumn!
Western Road
Get the 121 bus on a Saturday to Sheffield Park - a beautiful place to visit, especially in autumn!
Lewes train station for trains to Brighton, London, Eastbourne, Hastings, the coast, Plumpton. Beautiful walks around the smaller stations - Southease, Berwick
Station Road
Lewes train station for trains to Brighton, London, Eastbourne, Hastings, the coast, Plumpton. Beautiful walks around the smaller stations - Southease, Berwick