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John Harvey Tavern, Lewes

1 Bear Yard, Cliffe High Street
Lewes
BN7 2AN
Phone: 01273479880
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about John Harvey Tavern

The Harvey's tap house is in alleyway on the other side of Cliffe High Street from the Wharf Brewery but close to the original site. As traditional in appearance as you would expect, despite being housed in the stables of the former Bear Hotel, with simple wooden furniture in the Tap Room but a more refined look in the Lewes Room on the other side of the entrance corridor. Also has an upstairs dining room and some picnic benches out front. The beer's the thing of course, with Best and Old Ale (£3.70) dispensed by gravity from a stillage behind the bar, and IPA, Armada, Star of Eastbourne and Bonfire Boy available from the four handpumps on the counter.

On 13th November 2016 - rating: 8
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Aqualung . left this review about John Harvey Tavern

Despite the old appearance, this is a relatively new pub and is a conversion of an old stable block. I can't trace the opening date, but I'm fairly certain it didn't exist twenty five years ago. It's a long narrow building with two interconnecting rooms the one furthest from the brewery having the bar. There js a third room upstairs that I didn't go and look at. There are some large old beams and a tiled floor. Thankfully this is one pub with no television. On a late Saturday afternoon it wasn't packed and I found it comfortable enough.
The bar has only four hand pumps but Old and Best are served straight from cooled casks behind the bar. The other four Harvey's beers were Forward's Choice, Olympia, Armada and South Down Harvest. I went for the South Down Harvest (£3.80) which was in excellent condition.
I found this place a lot more pleasant than other places in town and it was my favourite Lewes pub on the day. I was very tempted to stay for a second pint.

On 1st October 2015 - rating: 8
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Pub SignMan left this review about John Harvey Tavern

This is the Harvey’s brewery tap and it’s located in a small yard just off the High Street on the opposite side to the brewery shop. It’s a pleasant two room set up sited in the former stables of the old Bear Hotel. The main bar, on the right hand side of the front door, has a flagstone floor with lots of dark wood and ample seating including padded benches around the edge of the room and some high tables and stools in the middle. There’s a fireplace on the end wall with a stove in it and an ancient looking beam above and a couple of the bench seats have backs made from old barrels which creates quite a nice effect. The pub, much like the brewery, is situated alongside the river and one of the pillars in the main bar has a small plaque on it which shows the alarmingly high level the water reached when the river burst its banks back in 2000. To the left of the front entrance, there is a smaller room with several more tables and standard chairs, some etched glass windows bearing the pub and brewery name and a nice fireplace. A sign refers to this as the ‘History Room’, although there wasn’t much information about either the pub or brewery on display except for a few old black and white photos. A few customers were eating and a blackboard in the main bar detailed main meals which were mostly under a tenner. Stairs lead up to a large function room, split into two notional sections, which was being set up for a private party when I visited.
Six casks were racked up behind the bar – four of the ubiquitous Harvey’s Best and two with the seasonal Old Ale. On hand pump, three more Harvey’s ales were available – Bonfire Boy, Armada Ale and Hadlow Bitter. A good range of the brewery’s bottled beers were also on offer. I gave the Armada a try and it was, as you would hope, well kept.
This is a decent enough pub, but its proximity to the brewery means it is a big draw for tourists and casual pub goers, which can make it busy at times and difficult to find a seat. Worth a look for the good range of Harvey’s beer but I have the feeling that this place could do more.

On 1st December 2012 - rating: 7
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Lewes, 0.43 miles, 8 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
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  • Child Friendly : Yes - Restaurant - last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
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  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 18 December 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 01 December 2012 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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  • Live Music : Yes last updated 18 December 2013 by Moby Duck
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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  • WiFi : Yes last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
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