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Lewes Arms (Fuller's)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Fuller's - Gale's Spring SprinterExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood7
Fuller's - London PorterAcceptable1
Fuller's - London PrideNot Tried0
Caledonian - Deuchars IPANot Tried0
Fuller's - ESBNot Tried0
Fuller's - Gale's HSBNot Tried0
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers AleNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Golden DeliciousNot Tried0
Fuller's - Summer AleNot Tried0
Fuller's - Wild RiverNot Tried0
Fuller's - Jack FrostNot Tried0
Itchen Valley - GodfathersNot Tried0
Fuller's - Bengal LancerNot Tried0
Elgood's - Cambridge BitterNot Tried0
Adnams - Ghost ShipNot Tried0
Fuller's - Front RowNot Tried0
Elgood's - Black Dog MildNot Tried0
Fuller's - Oliver's IslandNot Tried0
Castle Rock - Elsie MoNot Tried0
Fuller's - Gale's HSBNot Tried0
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. Lewes Arms, Lewes, East Sussex

Visits Details

16 Apr 2017 (Jason)
Late afternoon Easter Sunday very badly timed visit with a horde of Brighton hippies crowding the entrance, standing room only around the bar and parents with screeching children in the other rooms. Ho hum.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's - Gale's Spring Sprinter4.00ExcellentLight refreshing with an elderflower finish.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Castle Rock - Elsie Mo4.70Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.80Not Tried
24 May 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Shame the smell of food pervades here all the time. Used the atmospheric front bar as usual.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Elgood's - Black Dog Mild3.60Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.60Not TriedNew style pump clip continues and maybe enhances the deception this is from an independent brewery
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Oliver's Island3.80Not Tried
09 Feb 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Elgood's - Cambridge Bitter3.80Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.60Not TriedNo indication at point of sale that this is a Fuller's beer
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not TriedNo indication at point of sale that this is a Fuller's beer
Adnams - Ghost Ship4.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Front Row3.70Not Tried
12 Feb 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Went here for old time's sake. Distinct smell of cooking seems to be prevalent here these days ruining its boozerness. The small front room now has etching style stickers on its doors "The Front Bar".
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Good
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's - Jack Frost4.50Not Tried
Itchen Valley - Godfathers3.80Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.60Not TriedNo provenance as a Fuller's beer on the clip whatsoever
Fuller's - Bengal Lancer5.00Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not TriedNo provenance as a Fuller's beer on the clip
06 Oct 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit - the smell of food caused me to immediately turn tail for other pastures
BeerABVScoreNotes
06 Jul 2012 (Philip Pirrip)
The big bus trip was over and homing instincts set in. When in Lewes this is a must visit though. Sat in the front snug bar but why oh why do they remove the little double privacy doors in Summer as it takes away the feeling of exclusivity.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Golden Delicious3.80Not Tried
Fuller's - Summer Ale3.90Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.60Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
Fuller's - Wild River4.50Not Tried
08 Jun 2009 (Ian)
I met up with the Ratebeer mob who were going on the Harvey's brewery tour here. We met up, had some lunch and then did a bit of a crawl of the town before going for the tour. We sat in the back room and chatted. Pleasant pub to while away a few hours.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodHad a bit of sweetish toffee to it. Good
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.60Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
25 Apr 2009 (Ian)
Now run by Fullers with the experience of the people behind The Basketmakers Arms in Brighton. Not very busy so Chris and I sat at the bar in the front room chatting to the woman behind the bar about the pub and the latest festivities taking place in Lewes the following evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00ExcellentStill the best selling beer at the pub and in very good nick
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's Seafarers Ale3.60Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried
14 Nov 2008 (Ian)
Oh dear, Fullers have decided to take all the charm out of this pub. Recently redecorated so you can still smell the paint, the family room to the side used to have books and games, now it is all laid out for food. Food was a good price and the service very smiley and happy, but a little bit of that magic had gone.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodStill good, but may now lose its place as serving the best pint of Harvey's in Lewes.
14 Nov 2008 (Andrew)
Penultimate pub on Ian and my train crawl. Apparently itís been taken over by Fullers and has been redecorated. It felt a bit bare. Canít say I was that impressed. Had nice sandwiches though.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's - London Porter5.40AcceptableBit of coffee; sour; powdery
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Fuller's - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Fuller's - ESB5.50Not Tried
Fuller's - Gale's HSB4.80Not Tried

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About the Lewes Arms

The pub sign. Lewes Arms, Lewes, East Sussex

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent4
Good5
Acceptable1
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1YH.

Deservingly famous pub at the foot of the castle hill on the east side. Made of flint stone and red brick. Curved frontage leads to a narrow central bar serving front (a small room with double doors which are sometimes taken off their hinges in summer) and rear rooms and a corridor hatch too. Larger games room is to the left. Upstairs you will find a door to the garden terrace. Famous some years ago when Greene King stopped selling Harveys Best Bitter here and locals (and other friends) carried out a lengthy campaign to get the beer restored to the bar including refusing to drink there at all and picketing outside. Greene King eventually relented but soon afterwards they sold the pub to Fuller's. 7 handpumps in total being a bank of 6 plus a singleton.

We have visited this pub 12 times, seen 25 different beers and tried 4 of them.

Map location

Postcode: BN7 1YH