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The Snowdrop Inn (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Burning Sky - AuroraExcellent2
Blackjack - Play Your Cards Rye'tExcellent1
Blackjack - Bramling CrossExcellent1
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Pyecombe All Ye FaithfulExcellent1
Marble - Manchester BitterExcellent1
Gun - Zamzama IPAExcellent1
Bristol Beer Factory - Milk StoutExcellent1
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Ruskin's RamGood1
Burning Sky - PlateauGood4
Reunion - TalwarGood1
1648 - Bee-HeadAcceptable1
Crouch Vale - Anchor Street PorterNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - SnowdropNot Tried0
Dark Star - Sussex Extra StoutNot Tried0
Beachy Head - Legless RamblerNot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Not Tried0
Dark Star - Critical MassNot Tried0
Harvey's - Christmas AleNot Tried0
Marble - PintNot Tried0
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Papa JrNot Tried0
Goldmark - MoshpitNot Tried0
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Red OctoberNot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex XXXX Old AleNot Tried0
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0

Visits Details

07 Jan 2020 (ChrisE)
Beers as already listed by Magnus. A lunchtime visit with a couple of gentlemen playing chess plus a couple of cyclists. The background music being played was Arlo Guthrie's full version of Alice's Restaurant.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Good
07 Jan 2020 (Magnus Greel)
Lunchtime quiet just couple of other chaps playing chess and a couple of cyclists arrived as we did. Pleasant 70's background music at a low volume made for a relaxing atmosphere.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50GoodServed ice cold otherwise a 4* marking would've applied
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex XXXX Old Ale4.30Not Tried
21 Mar 2018 (Mitch)
Fairly busy for a Wednesday. Nice atmosphere with local bar drinkers and foodies too. Harveys, Burning Sky and a number from Gun Brewery. Gun IPA was well kept, not quite a full pint but almost! Food excellent again.
Gun - Zamzama IPA6.50ExcellentAs per, quite a citrus taste but well kept and drinkable ABV not right, I could not see the clip!
17 Oct 2017 (ChrisE)
Afternoon and quiet.
Reunion - Talwar4.50Good
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Papa Jr4.40Not Tried
Goldmark - Moshpit5.60Not Tried
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Red October5.20Not Tried
13 Aug 2014 (thebrewingman)
Early evening. Fairly quiet. I have only listed the beers I had.
Burning Sky - Aurora5.60Excellent
Blackjack - Bramling Cross4.00Excellent
22 Mar 2014 (thebrewingman)
Saturday lunchtime and all tables full with drinkers and diners. Friendly but not pubby.
Marble - Manchester Bitter4.20ExcellentGood example of a classic English bitter.
Bristol Beer Factory - Milk Stout4.50Excellent
Burning Sky - Aurora5.60Excellent
Blackjack - Play Your Cards Rye't4.90Excellent
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50GoodGood flavour but a bit green. Hazy.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Marble - Pint3.90Not TriedWent off as we walked to the bar.
28 Dec 2013 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and the pub is thronged, contrary to my expectation given its location at the edge of town. Doing a good food trade.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50ExcellentUnsurprisingly, this brewery is quickly forging a good reputation. This beer is pale gold, crisp and very hoppy.
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Pyecombe All Ye Faithful7.40ExcellentNear black. Very strong and warming. Vinous, port wine flavours.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Dark Star - Critical Mass7.80Not Tried
Harvey's - Christmas Ale7.50Not Tried
12 Feb 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. In my mind's eye I had expected a street corner boozer but it was quite patrician and sit-down with a clear food emphasis and quite pricey. The staff were very friendly and helpful I must say though.
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Ruskin's Ram4.00GoodFirst out of cask. Quite dark brown best bitter. Clip still showed this as South Downs Brewery before re-branding at new brewery site
Dark Star - American Pale Ale (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)4.70Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Anchor Street Porter4.90Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Snowdrop4.20Not Tried
Dark Star - Sussex Extra Stout4.50Not Tried
Beachy Head - Legless Rambler5.00Not Tried
15 Jun 2012 (Martin the Mildman)
Quick visit here after Lewes Beer Festival, which seemed to be a popular choice for many.
1648 - Bee-Head4.60AcceptableLittle evidence of honey in this amber brew, fairly dry and bitter with a dry hop finish. My score 14/20.

About The Snowdrop Inn

The pub sign. The Snowdrop Inn, Lewes, East Sussex

Summary of Beer Scores



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

Originally named the Schooner Inn, this pub was rebuilt and renamed following a disastrous avalanche in December 1836. It is an interesting back street pub towards the edge of town with interior decor resembling a ship. Beer selection includes local brews and national favourites. Locally renowned for good food.

We have visited this pub 9 times, seen 25 different beers and tried 11 of them.

Map location

Postcode: BN7 2BU