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Some favourite Lewes eateries:


The Swan
Tel: 01273 480211
Literally round the corner is this traditional old pub which is offering top quality pub meals along with an excellent pint of Harveys. The food’s freshly made on site and served with a smile - everyone I’ve sent there has come back with glowing reports. So if you’re after good food at a very reasonable price in a traditional pub setting, look no further. It also has a really lovely garden with lots of outside dining space. In recent years its fame has spread so I’d always suggest booking for weekends, particularly their spectacular Sunday roasts!

Erawan Thai Bistro
This tiny restaurant is close to the station and offers mouth-watering authentic Thai cuisine. They do a brilliant set lunch too…
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The Pelham Arms High Street LEWES BN7 1XL
Tel: 01273 476149
The Pelham Arms is up at the top of the High Street, near St Anne’s Church. A nice traditional pub with a good range of beers and wine, they also have a good kitchen. Again it’s wise to book at busy times.

The Rights of Man 170 High Street LEWES
01273 486694
Newish pub and kitchen pretty much next to the Courts of Justice. Good food! (And named after Lewes’ celebrated Tom Paine’s seminal work)



The Snowdrop Inn 119 South Street LEWES BN7 2BU
Tel: 01273 471 018

Another pub with great food, in the Cliffe area of Lewes, this is named after the famous avalanche which killed eight people in 1836. The biggest challenge the modern visitor will encounter is its popularity these days!

The Famous Bills 56 Cliffe High Street LEWES
Not that long ago, Bills was a greengrocer - the best greengrocer for miles, certainly, but a greengrocer. Now it’s a growing chain of foodie destinations, but Lewes is where it all started! This is a great place for a light lunch - I love their Eggs Florentine - but you will almost certainly have to queue at peak times. Well worth it though! They are also now open in the evenings throughout the week.


The Lime Tree Kitchen 14 Station Street LEWES
Tel: 01273 471 018
A fairly recent addition to Lewes gastronomy, The Lime Tree is a small restaurant close to the station which has proven to be a big hit with the local clientele. It offers a limited menu (one vegetarian, one fish and one meat alternative) using predominantly local produce.

Last but definitely not least is

The Depot Cinema
Where to start with this brilliant addition to the Lewes scene? In a really fabulous new building just opposite the station you can get good food, wine and hot drinks AND enjoy a film!