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Rights of Man (Harvey's Brewery)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - Star of EastbourneExcellent1
Harvey's - County Town Beers Tipper AleExcellent1
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Good1
Harvey's - IPAGood4
Harvey's - KissGood1
Harvey's - Knots of May Light MildAcceptable1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterNot Tried0
Harvey's - Armada AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex Wild HopNot Tried0
Harvey's - County Town Beers Scotch AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - PorterNot Tried0
Harvey's - County Town Beers Oat Malt StoutNot Tried0
Harvey's - OlympiaNot Tried0
Harvey's - Wild HopNot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex XXXX Old AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. Rights of Man, Lewes, East Sussex

Visits Details

07 Jan 2020 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon just a few others in this trendy yet cosy and friendly pub, somewhat different to Harvey's usual pubs. Tasters were offered without prompting.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - IPA3.50ExcellentNear on perfect temperature condition and flavour
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex XXXX Old Ale4.30Not Tried
17 Oct 2017 (ChrisE)
I sat in the front bar which was fairly quiet, the rear bar and garden were doing a fair trade. The kitchen staff came out with some bread and olives for the bar, these were demolished by the bar staff, myself and the customer sitting at the bar.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Star of Eastbourne5.50Excellent
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
31 Oct 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening visit. Almost everyone seemed to be billing their drinks to a tab. Was as sad to see Harveys keg beers here as I was to see Harveys canned beers at its brewery shop earlier.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Good
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Wild Hop3.70Not Tried
24 May 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. So much more demure than The Crown Inn.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Knots of May Light Mild3.00AcceptableFlattish, no head
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Olympia4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - IPA3.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Wild Hop3.70Not Tried
31 Mar 2015 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime and fairly quiet. I had a chat with another customer who was on a tour of Harvey's houses in Lewes.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - County Town Beers Tipper Ale5.00ExcellentVery tasty best bitter.
Harvey's - Porter4.80Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Wild Hop3.70Not Tried
Harvey's - County Town Beers Oat Malt Stout4.50Not Tried
09 Feb 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. First time I have been here since the rear bar has been open but apparently the bar counter there is never staffed nor its 2 handpumps used.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Kiss4.80GoodFirst out of a new cask
Harvey's - IPA3.50PoorOn the turn and was replaced with good grace. Ours were the last two pulled on the cask
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex Wild Hop3.70Not Tried
Harvey's - County Town Beers Scotch Ale5.00Not Tried
14 Mar 2014 (ChrisE)
I really enjoyed it in here, a proper pub with good staff, good beer, and superb pork pies.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - IPA3.50ExcellentSuperb tasty session beer. Very well kept here.
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
12 Feb 2013 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. Initially went to the wrong High Street but found it after a right puff and pant up the hill. Felt it was still bedding in but time will tell.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - IPA3.50ExcellentNew Harvey's beer name on me. Guess it is Sussex Pale / Hadlow Bitter variously branded?
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Kiss4.80Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried

About the Rights of Man

The pub sign. Rights of Man, Lewes, East Sussex

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent5
Good2
Acceptable1
Poor1

Website.

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

Located next door to Lewes Crown Court in the High Street (not Cliffe High Street but the one "up the hill") a December 2012 opening conversion of what was previously Lincolns Bar and the Rainbow before that. Named in honour of the seminal work written by Lewes resident Thomas Paine a book which inspired both the French and American revolutions. Its over 200 years since he lived in Lewes but at last there is a prominent building in the town to commemorate Thomas Paine, situated next to the Law Courts and just opposite his lodgings at Bull House. Of course Harveys brews and sells a beer called Tom Paine Ale as a summer seasonal! At opening the pub consisted of a front bar opening on to the High Street, Subsequently, although it shares the same name, the rear bar (Martyrs' Bar) of the building opened as effectively a separate pub with its own character and the only entrance to this was via an entrance from Pope's Passage which links the High Street and Castle Ditch Lane. Later still this extra bar with 2 handpumps was effectively combined with the main bar with access also from the rear of the main bar. Also added later was a roof terrace laid with Astroturf (later wooden decking) with access via the staircase in the front bar. Second "pub" opened in mid 2013 and both pubs share a common kitchen. The front bar sports 6 handpumps and comprises a small carpeted raised area by the High Street entrance and 3 narrow booths variously wall-bench and table and chair furnished. Very bright mock chandeliers light the behind the bar area and toilets are up a flight of stairs. Rights of Man has been given a complete makeover to create a traditional ale house with cosy old fashioned booths, etched glass and wood panelling.

We have visited this pub 8 times, seen 15 different beers and tried 6 of them.

Map location

Postcode: BN7 1YE