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An Independent Guide to Lewes

The charming East Sussex market town of Lewes is steeped in history and surrounded by beautiful countryside. With its picturesque streets, traditional pubs, and vibrant arts scene, it’s the perfect spot for a weekend break. Keep reading to discover our favourite local hangouts…

Where to Shop in Lewes

Next to farmers markets and a whole host of antique shops, Lewes is also home to independent boutiques in our Trouva Community.

Boutique owner Amanda had a clear vision of creating a one-stop-shop for styling nurseries and playrooms. Her carefully curated range includes bedding, wallpaper, toys, and rugs - all aimed at making customers feel excited to have discovered some truly unique pieces for their child's space.
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Where to Stay in Lewes

From cosy B&Bs to pub hotels, find your perfect place to stay over in Lewes right here…

This historic hotel in the heart of Lewes blends traditional and contemporary styles, with beautifully appointed rooms, a cosy bar, and an inviting restaurant - plus, it's conveniently located within walking distance of the town's many attractions.

The Grain Store is a sustainable luxury accommodation, event space, and wellness retreat, prioritising eco-friendliness with green energy, recycling facilities, and natural products. If that dining table isn’t enough to make you want to stay here…

This country inn boasts beautifully appointed rooms, a traditional pub, and an award-winning restaurant that serves locally sourced, seasonal cuisine. It's the perfect destination for a relaxing stay in the English countryside.

Where to Eat in Lewes

Whether you're in the mood for pub grub or fine dining, Lewes has a plate for any of your culinary needs.

This local's favourite, is a modern restaurant in the heart of Lewes, serving delicious and creative dishes made with locally sourced ingredients: think Rye Bay scallops with celeriac, apple and tarragon or wild oyster mushroom shepherd's pie.

The Pelham Arms is a historic pub and restaurant, serving up classic British dishes with a modern twist. Don’t miss their Sunday lunch if you’re staying over the weekend.

Caccia & Tails serves up seriously good homemade pasta, sauces, focaccia, and cakes for takeaway, but you can also enjoy their delicious food served right next door at The Lansdown Arms.

Where to Drink in Lewes

Discover the best spots to grab a drink in Lewes, from neighbourhood breweries to specialty coffee roasters.

Beak Brewery’s taproom is the perfect spot to enjoy a pint with friends or to attend one of their regular events celebrating the best of local music and culture.

Speciality coffee roasters Pharmacie Coffee Roasters are dedicated to sourcing and roasting some of the finest coffees from around the world. Their café in Lewes offers a range of expertly crafted coffee drinks, as well as pastries and light bites.

Abyss Brewing is a forward-thinking microbrewery that creates modern beers with big personalities. Their taproom in Lewes is the perfect place to try their latest creations, whether you're a fan of hoppy IPAs, sour beers, or experimental brews.

What to See in Lewes

With its medieval castle, picturesque streets, and cultural attractions, Lewes offers plenty to see and do for history buffs, art lovers, and nature enthusiasts alike.

Independent cinema, restaurant and local hangout all in one, The Depot is always a fun time. From live music performances and film screenings to theatre productions and exhibitions, it's a popular spot for locals and visitors alike.

Book a vineyard tour, wine tasting or picnic at Beacon Downs Vineyard, a family-owned boutique vineyard located in the picturesque South Downs of Sussex, producing wines with a focus on sustainable and traditional methods.

Discover the beauty of the South Downs National Park via the South Downs Way. With miles of stunning countryside to explore, Lewes is the perfect starting point for a hike that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Trusted Site