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The Lewes Arms, Lewes

Mount Place
Phone: 01273473152
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Moby Duck left this review about The Lewes Arms

A little difficult to find if you don't know the town, which I didn't, but well worth the effort. A fine looking pub with a curved exterior, traditional and multi-roomed inside. Its a Fullers owned but the beers were reasonably varied, London Pride, Gales HSB and the affiliated Darkstar Hophead, along with Adnams Ghost Ship and the almost obligatory (in Lewes) Harveys Sussex Best leaving two vacant handles. A very nice pub indeed.

On 17th July 2019 - rating: 8
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BRUMMIE STEVE left this review about The Lewes Arms

Not the easiest of pubs to find but when'ever I decide to have a crawl around Lewes I always start off here. Very quirky pub once inside with several rooms in which the bar is proberly the smallest of the rooms.Always a good selection of beers on offer plus they sell a selection of Fullers bottled beers including one of my favourites Bengal Lancer. I've not tried the food but it seems very popular. One of the better pubs in Lewes.

On 20th November 2017 - rating: 8
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John Bonser left this review about The Lewes Arms

In a narrow back street near Lewes Castle is The Lewes Arms, a pub which, according to a sign outside, dates back to circa 1798.

A striking curved frontage, on the bend in the road, leads into a compact three roomed pub with a small basic locals bar – imaginatively named “The Front Bar” – as you come in on the right hand side which features several bar stools and a fixed wooden bench seat under the window. On the wall a display cabinet features several small pipes found during excavations in 1989 and which are believed to date back to the 1830’s. The wall also features a prominent painting of the Lewes Coat of Arms. Several framed photographs show Lewes racecourse, which closed back in 1964.

Behind this room, but served from the same bar, is a slightly larger room which features traditional benches, circular tables and stools packed as close together as is reasonably possible. In this room is the usual large Fuller Smith and Turner mirror over a fireplace. Of interest in this room is the crest of H M S Lewes, a 4 stack destroyer which saw active service during the World Wars. Note also the large collection of whiskies on the back window ledge.

The largest room is on the left of the central corridor and service to this room is from a hatch in this corridor to the main bar. In this room are standard tables and chairs. The walls are decorated with some people playing pub games outside the pub and also some photos of the famed Bonfire Night festivities. Note also the painting of The Basketmakers Arms, a former Gales pub in Brighton. This room is popular with diners, but room is still found for a dartboard and a Toad in the Hole game.

In overall terms, it’s a fine traditional pub, pleasingly free of games machines and music, although I did feel that, principally due to the cream coloured walls, the interior felt a bit bright. There’s further seating upstairs in a room which doubles up as a function room. Here we see part of the riding tackle used by the former Beards Brewery dray horses. On the same level, at the back, is a pleasant roof terrace set flush against the castle walls.

Formerly a Greene King pub, it’s now owned by Fullers, although, pleasingly, in this historic part of town, the external branding is discreet and there’s a notable absence of any “corporate” pub feel. As part of a reciprocal trading agreement between Fullers and Harveys, The Lewes Arms stocks Harveys Best and The Royal Oak in Borough – Harvey’s first London pub – stocks a Fullers beer.

On my recent visit, as well as the Fullers brews and Harveys Best, Adnams Ghostship and Castle Rock Harvest Pale Ale were on. The Harveys Best was in good form and the pub is a CAMRA Good Beer Guide regular. Probably because it’s in Lewes, the Harveys Best was easily the best seller, with the one pump working overtime to keep up with demand, with several of the Fullers pumps virtually redundant.

Staff are keen and enthusiastic with, on my visit, one youngish lad going way beyond the call of duty in recommending other Lewes pubs to visiting Wednesday fans coming back from Brighton

It’s a fine pub this, striking a fine balance between catering for the numerous visitors to Lewes, yet still appealing to the traditional pub goer.

This is one pub definitely not to miss on any Lewes crawl.

On 11th August 2014 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Steve C
Lewes, 0.27 miles, 5 min walk (show)
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  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 11 August 2014 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 December 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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