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Harveys Brewery, Lewes

Harveys Brewery, Lewes

Lewes is the county town of East Sussex and has a history as a market town and an important crossing point on the River Ouse.

The location in Lewes of the Harveys brewery is of significant interest to beer drinkers. The brewery is a beautiful building nestling on the banks of the river in the centre of the town. But I was surprised how small the building is – I hope they can cope with demand and never have to move. Many of the pubs in Lewes are run by Harveys and it’s not surprising to find that pretty much every pub in the town carries Harveys Best.

The centre of the town is an attractive place and worth a visit for more than just the pubs. The castle in the eastern side of the town was built by the Normans and is open for visits. The bonfire parades around the town on November 5th each year are spectacular and commemorate the burning of protestant martyrs.

Train Service

Getting to Lewes by train is easy from some directions as the train service is pretty good. Direct trains from London are available and the journey time is only slightly longer than to Brighton. The coastal line from Brighton to Eastbourne and beyond also has a good service. I believe all lines are operated by Southern Railway.


See a pub map of Lewes featuring the pubs I visited on a Lewes pub crawl.

Lewes Pubs


Dorset - full review

22 Malling Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2RD
Tel: 01273 474823
The Dorset (sometimes known as The Dorset Arms) is a large Harveys pub and hotel in the Cliffe area of Lewes - so slightly away from the central area. The older area at the Malling Street entrance of the pub has two distinct area. There is a ... Read full review of Dorset

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

John Harvey Tavern

John Harvey Tavern - full review

Bear Yard, Cliffe High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2AN
Tel: 01273 479880
The John Harvey Tavern is located in a small lane just south of Cliffe High Street next to the River Ouse. It's very close to the Harveys Brewery which is just across Cliffe High Street and it is seen as the brewery tap. The pub building is ... Read full review of John Harvey Tavern

Good Beer, Good Pubs rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

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