The best pubs to visit in Lewes according to the Barwells Wealth team

A multi-generational family raise a glass while sitting on a bench in a beer garden in the sun.

With spring just around the corner and sunny days ahead, our team is looking forward to enjoying more quality time out and about with their friends and family – and where better to enjoy a catch up than in one of Lewes’ traditional pubs?

We’re spoilt for choice in our local area, with dozens of excellent pubs and bars to choose from. Read on to discover eight recommendations from our team members, so that no matter what the occasion, you’ll be sure of an enjoyable time.

The Ram Inn, Firle

The Ram Inn is a little outside of Lewes, and it’s certainly worth the trip. It’s well known for producing high-quality food as well as the laid-back, friendly atmosphere.

Perfect for: A delicious meal out with friends or family.

Find them at: The Ram Inn, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6NS

The ABYSS Brewery + Tap

The ABYSS tap room first opened in 2021 after brewing their first beers under the Pelham Arms. Now, they offer a range of home-brewed beers as well as an on-site Mexican Street Food kitchen and monthly events to delight all foodies.

Perfect for: A casual dinner or drinks with friends.

Find them at: Unit 3, The Malthouse, Daveys Lane, Lewes, BN7 2BF

The Pelham Arms

The former home of the ABYSS Brewery, the Pelham Arms continues to serve a selection of the local home-brewed beers to its customers alongside a well-stocked menu that caters to all tastes. From burgers and roast dinners to salads and salmon, you’re sure to leave feeling satisfied.

Perfect for: Dinner with the whole family

You’ll find them at: Pelham Arms, High Street, Lewes, BN7 1XL

The Rights of Man

Be sure to pay a visit to The Rights of Man if you’re looking for something a little bit special. As well as bar snacks and a tapas menu, they also offer an a la carte menu that boasts the finest ingredients sourced from Brighton Fish Market and Covent Garden Market, to name a few.

They also pride themselves on offering an extensive range of high-quality gins, so if this is your tipple of choice, The Rights of Man might be the place for you.

Perfect for: Date night, or a special meal out with your family.

You’ll find them at: 179 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1YE

The John Harvey Tavern

At the John Harvey Tavern, you’ll be met with a friendly atmosphere, excellent food and drink, and, depending on which day you visit, perhaps some live music or a fun quiz to take part in too.

Perfect for: A casual evening out with friends

You’ll find them at: The John Harvey Tavern, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2AN

The Patch

The Patch is a beer café describing itself as a fusion between a coffeehouse café and a casual bar. As well as a range of beers, they also serve cooked breakfasts and light lunches. It’s ideal for dropping by or enjoying a leisurely meal.

Perfect for: A hearty all-day breakfast

You’ll find them at: 19 – 21 Market St. Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2NB

The Brewers Arms

This award-winning pub has been a mainstay of Lewes High Street for hundreds of years, and today they pride themselves on continuing to offer locals and visitors alike a cosy place to catch up and enjoy quality time together. Their south-facing beer garden provides ample space to enjoy the sunny weather over the summer months.

Perfect for: Al Fresco dining in the south-facing beer garden

You’ll find them at: 91 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1XN

The Dorset

The Dorset offers everything you’d expect from a traditional pub in the heart of historic Lewes: great food, friendly staff, and a roaring open fire that adds to the charm. It’s also a dog-friendly pub, making it the perfect place for a pint and a meal after a walk in the South Downs countryside.

Perfect for: A cosy lunch with family and friends

You’ll find them at: 22 Malling St, Lewes, BN7 2RD

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