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John Harvey Tavern, Lewes

1 Bear Yard, Cliffe High Street
Lewes
BN7 2AN
Phone: 01273479880
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Steve of N21 left this review about John Harvey Tavern

Unable to buy fresh beer supplies from the Harvey’s brewery shop, which is unable to open due to Covid distancing rules I thought it would be rude not to try a couple of their beers from the Tap pub opposite.
It was quite busy on this sunny afternoon with all the outside seating full and I was lucky to get one of the last remaining internal tables, it obviously being table service only at present. Good to find a couple of the Harvey’s milds from the casks behind the bar and these were in very good condition as you would expect.

On 16th November 2020 - rating: 8
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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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Lewes, 0.43 miles, 8 min walk (show)
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16th Nov 2020, 17:07
Review submitted by Steve of N21
 
31st Oct 2020, 13:06
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
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  • Beer Garden : No last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Car Park : No last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Child Friendly : Yes - Restaurant - last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Darts : No last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
  • 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
  • Jukebox : No last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 18 December 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Micropub : No last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pinball : No last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 01 October 2015 by Aqualung .
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