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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Tea Room
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“Catch a train from Eastbourne to Lewes or the 125 bus. Half price entry with English Heritage membership. Located half way up the steep street in the centre of the town.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Cafe
“56 Cliffe High St, Lewes BN7 2AN Tel: 01273 476918 Bills is still a favourite - and is open for a cracking cooked breakfast from 8am. They also close late. The menu is varied and seasonal - and appealing to vegitarians, vegans and carnivores alike! You rarely need to book (but you may want to for peace of mind).”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bakery
“Great for lunches, interesting dishes and amazing cakes. There’s a lovely garden its warm.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Interesting historic site with lovely cafe, as well as being very near one of my other favourite places - The Swan (great Sunday roasts and DJ sets on Friday/Saturday nights)!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Great Sunday roasts! Also their weekend DJ evenings are such good fun too!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Lovely pub, full of atmosphere and great ale - many guest ales. At the very end of South Street cul de sac. Offers great pizzas (take away available too) from midday - 10pm. To book or order a takeaway, call 01273 471018. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Pub
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“If you walk from Ditchling to lewes, or just visit Lewes by car, this pub is a truly British place to go. Good pub grub.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Train Station
“Lewes is a beautiful historic town in East Sussex. Lewes is the county town of East Sussex, England. It is the police and judicial centre for all of Sussex and is home to Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Lewes Crown Court and HMP Lewes”
  • 94 locals recommend
Nature
“A beautiful freshwater swimming pool (50m long) fed by a river. Looked after by the local community. Grassy area and trees around the side make it a great place to relax as well as have a good swimming. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Proper Lewes pub - achieved national fame when boycotted as landlords refused to serve Harvey's - the local brew”
  • 12 locals recommend
Cafe
“Local, friendly restaurant near this house. Good for lunches, dinners and coffee & cake.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Food
“This is a must for any beer lover! See the home of the famous Harveys Sussex brews next to the river. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“A lovely space within the town. Lots of community events happen here. Much of it accessible with bikes and buggies. All sorts of wild life to look out for. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fresh, delicious Thai bistro and takeaway, good for vegan and veg options. Book ahead to eat in and take your own booze (symposium wine bar next door)”
  • 10 locals recommend
Food
“Great for kids, animal feeding, soft play, cafe, entertainment for about 4 hours!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“Local park established in the 16th century. Features gardens, a stream and a terrace with a couple of sculptures. Good place to relax in the summer or go with a picnic. By the terrace there is a kiosk where one can get tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches. The Sussex Guild Shop and Gallery is located in the Grange and exhibit some lovely local crafts, including jewellery, ceramics, and textiles etc. Well worth a visit. You can stroll through the gardens on your way to visit Anne of Cleves House!”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cafe
“56 Cliffe High St, Lewes BN7 2AN Tel: 01273 476918 Bills is still a favourite - and is open for a cracking cooked breakfast from 8am. They also close late. The menu is varied and seasonal - and appealing to vegitarians, vegans and carnivores alike! You rarely need to book (but you may want to for peace of mind).”
  • 22 locals recommend
Pub
“If you walk from Ditchling to lewes, or just visit Lewes by car, this pub is a truly British place to go. Good pub grub.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Proper Lewes pub - achieved national fame when boycotted as landlords refused to serve Harvey's - the local brew”
  • 12 locals recommend
Cafe
“Local, friendly restaurant near this house. Good for lunches, dinners and coffee & cake.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fresh, delicious Thai bistro and takeaway, good for vegan and veg options. Book ahead to eat in and take your own booze (symposium wine bar next door)”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bakery
“Hole in the wall coffees,snacks and delicious home grown and home baked award winning bread and pizza. Try 'The Long man' sough-dough loaf made from east sussex heritage wheat and baked in a wood fired oven. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Lovely restaurant and wine bar for an intimate lunch or dinner. Worth calling ahead to book a table as it's quite a small place.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Tucked away at the bottom of town this lovely café/ bistro is set within the courtyard of the once Old Coaching Inn, now Pastorale Antiques. The courtyard Cafe has the biggest garden seating area in Lewes. There's also a large seating area down in the cosy wine cellar.”
  • 1 local recommends

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