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The Dorset, Lewes

22 Malling Street
Phone: 01273474823
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Moby Duck left this review about The Dorset

Traditional Harvey's pub with six handpumps and a decent range of Harveys Beers. Refurbed a good number of years ago ,its smart but I found it to be rather characterless and not a place I would make a bee-line to if back in Lewes.

On 19th July 2019 - rating: 6
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Dorset

The Dorset is a Harvey’s pub with a decent location, close to the town centre and brewery, but tucked away so as to avoid the majority of the tourist crush. Entering at the front, there is a choice of bars, with a pleasant snug to the right with limited seating and a small fireplace, and a saloon bar to the left. This area has a few standard tables and chairs, dark red walls and muted lighting all of which creates a nice ambiance. There are some nice features here including some examples of stained and etched glass, which the area at the back of the pub seems to have missed out on. This rear area is partly carpeted, partly tiled with some comfy sofas arranged in front of a nice open range which was lit on my visit. This fireplace also serves a small, three table dining space behind, which has some old photos of other Harvey’s pubs on the wall. A door here leads out to a large paved area with lots of picnic benches around a gnarly old tree and stairs lead up to the B&B accommodation, with 6 en suite rooms available. Music was playing throughout my stay at a decent level, although there was a distressingly high proportion of Justin Bieber-esque rubbish.
Three ales and two real ciders were available, with Harvey’s Best, Old Ale and Bonfire Boy on the hand pumps. I gave the Old Ale a try and was pleased to find it in very good nick. The staff were young but personable and prompt in their service.
As others have said, this place doesn’t quite hit the mark in terms of character, although I thought there were glimpses of potential. In isolation, this is a pretty good pub, but taken in the context of Lewes’ other excellent ale houses, it doesn’t quite make the grade.

On 30th November 2012 - rating: 6
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Dorset

This feels rather like the Harvey's showpiece pub. Thoroughly refurbished throughout with pub designer-type fittings, plus the occasional inserted fireplace and other accessories. Saved by having a slightly random layout, so you can find a corner somewhere. Good range of Harveys beers; food and accommodation available. Good access for wheelchairs etc. Safe enough for a drink, but not exciting.

On 19th July 2011 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by john mcgraw
Lewes, 0.6 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Glynde, 2.88 miles, 55 min walk (show)
Cooksbridge, 3.21 miles, 1 hr 2 min walk (show)
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14th Oct 2019, 13:06
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14th Oct 2019, 13:06
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 November 2012 by Will Larter
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 30 November 2012 by Will Larter
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