Guidebook for Lewes

Amanda

Guidebook for Lewes

Food Scene
Amazing Thai food! Reasonably priced. Need to book ahead as it's very popular - take your own bottle (they charge corkage)! 01273 471999. Located at the end of Lansdown Place, next door to the Lansdown pub.
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Erawan
34 Lansdown Pl
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Amazing Thai food! Reasonably priced. Need to book ahead as it's very popular - take your own bottle (they charge corkage)! 01273 471999. Located at the end of Lansdown Place, next door to the Lansdown pub.
Discover the secret garden cafe/bistro. Located within the courtyard of Pastorale Antiques warehouse (15 Malling Street, Lewes BN7 2RA www.cafedujardin.co.uk, tel: 01273 48077) - nearly opposite The Dorset pub - 5 mins from my house. Open Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 4pm for breakfast, lunch, tea and cakes. Friday and Saturday evenings, the Wine Cellar is open 6-11pm with indoor and outdoor seating.
Café du Jardin
15 Malling St
Discover the secret garden cafe/bistro. Located within the courtyard of Pastorale Antiques warehouse (15 Malling Street, Lewes BN7 2RA www.cafedujardin.co.uk, tel: 01273 48077) - nearly opposite The Dorset pub - 5 mins from my house. Open Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 4pm for breakfast, lunch, tea and cakes. Friday and Saturday evenings, the Wine Cellar is open 6-11pm with indoor and outdoor seating.
Lovely pub, full of atmosphere and great ale - many guest ales. At the very end of South Street cul de sac. Offers great pizzas (take away available too) from midday - 10pm. To book or order a takeaway, call 01273 471018.
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The Snowdrop Inn
119 South St
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Lovely pub, full of atmosphere and great ale - many guest ales. At the very end of South Street cul de sac. Offers great pizzas (take away available too) from midday - 10pm. To book or order a takeaway, call 01273 471018.
Great independent cafe for breakfast, lunch, meeting up with friends and family. Just round the corner in Cliffe High Street - 5 minutes.
Trading Post Coffee Roasters
18 Cliffe High St
Great independent cafe for breakfast, lunch, meeting up with friends and family. Just round the corner in Cliffe High Street - 5 minutes.
Sightseeing
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Lewes Castle & Museum
92 High St
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Interesting historic site with lovely cafe, as well as being very near one of my other favourite places - The Swan (great Sunday roasts and DJ sets on Friday/Saturday nights)!
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Anne of Cleves House
52 Southover High St
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Interesting historic site with lovely cafe, as well as being very near one of my other favourite places - The Swan (great Sunday roasts and DJ sets on Friday/Saturday nights)!
Parks & Nature
Serene, peaceful, centre of Lewes
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The Railway Land Wildlife Trust
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Serene, peaceful, centre of Lewes
Lovely park to relax in with cafe hatch service during summer months. Beautiful trees and flower beds, secret walled gardens. Great for a picnic or just lying on the grass relaxing. Sussex Guild has a shop here too. Located near Lewes railway station - about 15 / 20 mins walk west from my house.
Southover Grange
Lovely park to relax in with cafe hatch service during summer months. Beautiful trees and flower beds, secret walled gardens. Great for a picnic or just lying on the grass relaxing. Sussex Guild has a shop here too. Located near Lewes railway station - about 15 / 20 mins walk west from my house.
The oldest natural spring pool in the UK I believe. Freezing (as it's fed from a natural spring), but lovely once you're in!! Changing facilities, cafe, lawn to relax on. Early morning adults only swims, etc. Seasonal membership. Can get very crowded with long queues in the summer! For more peace and quiet, best to go before schools break up!
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Pells Seasonal Outdoor Swimming Pool
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The oldest natural spring pool in the UK I believe. Freezing (as it's fed from a natural spring), but lovely once you're in!! Changing facilities, cafe, lawn to relax on. Early morning adults only swims, etc. Seasonal membership. Can get very crowded with long queues in the summer! For more peace and quiet, best to go before schools break up!
Shopping
Riverside is on left, just over the Cliffe bridge and in addition to a great cafe with reasonably priced food and good service, the building also includes other great independents - including a butchers, fishmonger, barbers, etc.
Riverside Cafe Bar
Riverside is on left, just over the Cliffe bridge and in addition to a great cafe with reasonably priced food and good service, the building also includes other great independents - including a butchers, fishmonger, barbers, etc.
My favourite places in and around Lewes
Lots going on in Lewes - beside the lovely countryside - there are independent shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs and historic sites. Some great places for music in the evening including The Royal Oak and The Con Club. Check out `Viva Lewes' - monthly magazine available from the Lewes Tourist Information Office, top of School Hill and Station Street (I have a copy) for what's on in and around the area including the Gig Guide.
Our newest addition to Lewes - our own cinema - also good for drinks/tea/coffee, cakes, meals - just people watching generally. Nice atmosphere, even if you're not going to see a film.
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Depot
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Our newest addition to Lewes - our own cinema - also good for drinks/tea/coffee, cakes, meals - just people watching generally. Nice atmosphere, even if you're not going to see a film.
Secret, tucked away location - really peaceful and great atmosphere! Very close by (ask for exact directions as you may miss it), 5 mins walk from my house. Cafe during the day and cocktails/music downstairs in the evenings (check opening times though in advance). One of my current favourite places in Lewes … shhh!
Café du Jardin
15 Malling St
Secret, tucked away location - really peaceful and great atmosphere! Very close by (ask for exact directions as you may miss it), 5 mins walk from my house. Cafe during the day and cocktails/music downstairs in the evenings (check opening times though in advance). One of my current favourite places in Lewes … shhh!
Pub with some great, unexpected music events upstairs at weekends (check local rag Viva Lewes for listings or the posters on their windows).
Royal Oak
3 Station St
Pub with some great, unexpected music events upstairs at weekends (check local rag Viva Lewes for listings or the posters on their windows).
Great Sunday roasts! Also their weekend DJ evenings are such good fun too!
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The Swan Inn
30A Southover High St
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Great Sunday roasts! Also their weekend DJ evenings are such good fun too!
Within `reasonable' walking distance of Lewes, much of it following the river Ouse north of the town. Great food and you can hire boats on the river. Unless walking back to Lewes, book a taxi for your return.
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Anchor Inn
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Within `reasonable' walking distance of Lewes, much of it following the river Ouse north of the town. Great food and you can hire boats on the river. Unless walking back to Lewes, book a taxi for your return.
Great walk over the Downs, takes about just over an hour - with return via Glynde railway station (or vice versa). Sadly the Trevor Arms pub is still not open (don't ask), but there's a lovely little tea room in the village where you can also buy newspapers, etc.
Glynde
Great walk over the Downs, takes about just over an hour - with return via Glynde railway station (or vice versa). Sadly the Trevor Arms pub is still not open (don't ask), but there's a lovely little tea room in the village where you can also buy newspapers, etc.
Open all day, 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 5 minutes walk from my house in Cliffe High Street. Great location to meet and people-watching.
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Bill's Lewes Restaurant
56 Cliffe High St
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Open all day, 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 5 minutes walk from my house in Cliffe High Street. Great location to meet and people-watching.
Great venue for live music and social events - best prices for drinks in Lewes, great acoustics and some amazing big name bands appearing here in recent years. They have a nice garden with barbeques in the summer. Check out Viva Lewes gig guide for what's on.
Lewes Con Club
139 High St
Great venue for live music and social events - best prices for drinks in Lewes, great acoustics and some amazing big name bands appearing here in recent years. They have a nice garden with barbeques in the summer. Check out Viva Lewes gig guide for what's on.