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John Harvey Tavern (Harvey's Brewery)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Harvey's - IPAExcellent2
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Excellent2
Harvey's - PorterExcellent1
Harvey's - Georgian DragonGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterGood4
Harvey's - County Town Beers Oat Malt StoutGood1
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)Good2
Harvey's - County Town Beers Tipper AleAcceptable1
Harvey's - County Town Beers Easter BrewAcceptable1
Harvey's - Armada AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - County Town Beers Scotch AleNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
St Austell - Proper JobNot Tried0
Harvey's - OlympiaNot Tried0
Harvey's - Lewes Castle Brown AleNot Tried0
Harvey's - Star of EastbourneNot Tried0
Harvey's - Copperwheat BeerNot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex XX Mild (or Sussex Dark Mild)Not Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex XXXX Old AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. John Harvey Tavern, Lewes, East Sussex

Visits Details

07 Jan 2020 (Magnus Greel)
Lunchtime on a mild spring like sunny day, a few others in enjoying a pint and a bite to eat.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - IPA3.50ExcellentRefreshing lighter version of Best Bitter without detracting from the Harvey's experience.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex XX Mild (or Sussex Dark Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex XXXX Old Ale4.30Not Tried
12 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening return visit.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableDisappointing for the brewery tap, but then the kil on gravity dispense was well tilted!
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Not Tried
Harvey's - Armada Ale4.50Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Harvey's - Star of Eastbourne5.50Not Tried
12 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit with Bear Yard a quagmire in the continuous rain. No IPA as had not cleared.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Dark Mild (or Sussex XX Mild)3.00Acceptable
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 - Star of Eastbourne5.50Not Tried
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

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About the John Harvey Tavern

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

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent12
Good9
Acceptable8
Poor-

Website.

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

Sited in Bear Yard, a lane which is opposite the brewery shop and overlooking buildings on the side of the River Ouse. Long narrow pub. Main bar has 5 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 22 times, seen 24 different beers and tried 14 of them.

Map location

Postcode: BN7 2AN