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John Harvey Tavern (Harvey's Brewery)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - Bonfire BoyExceptional1
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Excellent3
Harvey's - IPAExcellent1
Harvey's - Armada AleExcellent1
Harvey's - PorterExcellent1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood4
Harvey's - OlympiaGood1
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)Good3
Harvey's - County Town Beers Oat Malt StoutGood1
Harvey's - Hadlow BitterGood1
Harvey's - Georgian DragonGood1
Harvey's - County Town Beers Tipper AleAcceptable1
Harvey's - County Town Beers Easter BrewAcceptable1
Harvey's - Sussex Wild HopNot Tried0
Harvey's - Primus AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - County Town Beers Scotch AleNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
St Austell - Proper JobNot Tried0
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - Star of EastbourneNot Tried0
Harvey's - Copperwheat BeerNot Tried0
Picture 1. John Harvey Tavern, Lewes, East Sussex

Visits Details

30 Jun 2018 (ChrisE)
Early doors but by no means the first customer. Good beer and friendly service, can't fault the place really.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Excellent
Harvey's - IPA3.50Excellent
Harvey's - Copperwheat Beer4.80Not Tried
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not Tried
17 Oct 2017 (ChrisE)
Monday afternoon, I had a chat with a couple of people who normally drink in the Hope at Carshalton and were doing a tour of Lewes today. This was the first time that I have seen Harvey's beers on keg. I have not listed the beers that were available on handpump.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExceptionalGravity dispense and fresh with plenty of condition.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not TriedGravity dispense.
31 Oct 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Early evening. Standing room only with a mass of well dressed gentlemen.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30GoodOn gravity dispense
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableOn gravity dispense, new cask and quite fresh
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Star of Eastbourne5.50Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
20 Aug 2015 (HSB)
16:50 Steady trade in both bars. Impressive array of gravity Harveys.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodNice to drink it gravity served.
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown Ale4.80Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
13 Apr 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening. Intesting conversation with a visiting local licensee about his wastage of 10 pints in every 18 gallon cask.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Georgian Dragon4.70GoodPreview pint as not on until tomorrow - served direct from the cellar on gravity
Harvey's - County Town Beers Tipper Ale5.00AcceptableFlat - did not enjoy
Harvey's - County Town Beers Easter Brew5.00AcceptableServed direct from the cellar on gravity. Flat - did not enjoy
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
St Austell - Proper Job4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
07 Mar 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Never my favourite pub in Lewes. Considerably quieter than when I had popped my head round the door an hour earlier.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Porter4.80ExcellentProbably as good a drop of this as you'll get
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not TriedFrom gravity cask
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not TriedFrom gravity cask
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - County Town Beers Scotch Ale5.00Not TriedMust be just about the last house selling this January brew
Harvey's - County Town Beers Oat Malt Stout4.50Not Tried
05 Mar 2015 (ChrisE)
An enjoyable visit, the subjects of conversation included the theft of a picture that used to be in the Gents' toilets, the landlady's new windscreen wipers and a beer tap that for some unknown reason dispensed liquid in two directions making it necessary to fill two pints of bitter at the same time.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - County Town Beers Oat Malt Stout4.50GoodDark and a bit on the sweet side.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - County Town Beers Scotch Ale5.00Not Tried
20 Sep 2014 (Andrew)
Flying visit after popping in to the Harvey's bottle shop opposite.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00GoodVery cold but very refreshing.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Primus Ale5.00Not Tried
05 Apr 2014 (Stephen Harris)
A quick, early evening visit. Getting pretty busy in here as guests were starting to arrive for somebody’s birthday party.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Olympia4.30GoodCrisp, balanced, golden ale.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Wild Hop3.70Not Tried
02 Nov 2012 (Eddie)
14:30 visit. I'm hoping that my visit this time will change my opinion of this pub as I've always felt it to be a bit grubby and full of youngish "trendy" types drinking out of bottles plus the ale quality has always been disappointing all of which I find strange as its slap bang opposite its parent brewery??
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Bonfire Boy5.80ExceptionalNow I would have been very disappointed had this little beauty not been in tip top order and luckily I'm not this was wonderful very heavy with hints of smoke, cracking!! :)
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50ExcellentVery dry and bursting with hops, quite hazy but does not distract from the taste and quality of the ale.
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30ExcellentNow this is more like it wonderful full bodied ale displaying wonderful fruity notes great stuff :)
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00GoodLacking in condition but still has that wonderful Harvey's trait to it
Harvey's - Hadlow Bitter3.50GoodNice little pale ale this :)
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00AcceptableNever my most favourite of milds this, but I always seem to order it and give it another go, not that good really I had a much better example in a Harvey's pup in Maidstone Kent.

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About the John Harvey Tavern

The pub sign. John Harvey Tavern, Lewes, East Sussex

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent11
Good9
Acceptable6
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2AN.

Sited in a lane which is opposite the brewery shop and overlooking buildings on the side of the River Ouse. Long narrow pub. Main bar has 4 handpulls on the bar counter and stillage for up to 6 casks on a shelf on the bar back for Harvey's beers on gravity. Very busy and popular especially with tourists. Lots of wood in evidence. Lounge room to the left with sofas and pictures of film stars on the walls. Upstairs function room. Effectively the brewery tap.

We have visited this pub 19 times, seen 22 different beers and tried 14 of them.

Map location

Postcode: BN7 2AN