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The Gardener's Arms (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
3 Piers - Chocolate PorterExceptional1
Langham - Flor-AleExcellent1
Blackjack - New DeckExcellent1
Triple fff - Devil in Disguise Excellent1
Rother Valley - EbulemGood1
Pilot - Vienna PaleGood1
Bedlam - India Pale AleGood1
Harvey's - Sussex Best BitterAcceptable5
Mighty Hop - Golden Cap BitterAcceptable1
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - BramberAcceptable1
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Oakham - Black Hole PorterNot Tried0
North Yorkshire - White LadyNot Tried0
Imperial - Mad Mick's Hop DanceNot Tried0
Kissingate - Toffee CogNot Tried0
Acorn - SticklebractNot Tried0
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)Not Tried0
Rother Valley - Boadicea AleNot Tried0
1648 - Gold AngelNot Tried0
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Pyecombe All Ye FaithfulNot Tried0
Hammerpot - Copper BitterNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - Blackwater MildNot Tried0
Dark Star - Summer MeltdownNot Tried0
Abbeydale - Dr Morton's Accent CompensationNot Tried0
Tyne Bank - Northern PorterNot Tried0
Waen - 54-46Not Tried0
Dark Star - Victorian Ruby MildNot Tried0
Marble - DobberNot Tried0
Crouch Vale - Yakima GoldNot Tried0
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Brown Cow BitterNot Tried0
Rother Valley - AllianceNot Tried0
Acorn - SunstormNot Tried0
Gun - Milk StoutNot Tried0
Brown Ales - Full Metal JacketNot Tried0
Harvey's - Bonfire BoyNot Tried0
Dark Star - Winter SolsticeNot Tried0
Hammerpot - HPANot Tried0
Goldmark - PhoenixNot Tried0
Inveralmond - Rascal London Porter (Inspiration Series #3)Not Tried0
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Red OctoberNot Tried0
Oakham - AttilaNot Tried0
Salopian - The Murmerings of a Lost LeviathanNot Tried0
Hand Brew - Loaf Five Malt Loaf Brown AleNot Tried0
Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old AleNot Tried0
Dark Star - RevelationNot Tried0
Harvey's - Sussex XXXX Old AleNot Tried0
Stroud - X Appeal Ballot Box BeerNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Gardener's Arms, Lewes, East Sussex

Visits Details

07 Jan 2020 (Magnus Greel)
Mid afternoon in this proper drinkers pub, friendly and welcoming we sat at the bar and enjoyed a superb pint.
BeerABVScoreNotes
3 Piers - Chocolate Porter4.90ExceptionalCreamy delicious chocolate fare with a subtle bitterness. Superb and faultless.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Burton Bridge - Thomas Sykes Old Ale10.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Revelation5.70Not Tried
Harvey's - Sussex XXXX Old Ale4.30Not Tried
Stroud - X Appeal Ballot Box Beer4.00Not Tried
12 Oct 2019 (Philip Pirrip)
Mid evening visit. Few in.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00AcceptableOK, a bit tired
Oakham - Attila7.50Not Tried
Salopian - The Murmerings of a Lost Leviathan4.80Not Tried
Hand Brew - Loaf Five Malt Loaf Brown Ale4.20Not Tried
17 Oct 2017 (ChrisE)
Afternoon visit. Good as usual.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Excellent
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Goldmark - Phoenix4.10Not Tried
Inveralmond - Rascal London Porter (Inspiration Series #3)5.60Not Tried
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Red October5.20Not Tried
31 Oct 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Late afternoon visit after a visit to Harveys Brewery Shop on a mission. Busy enough to wonder if there had been a local event earlier. A fine array of former Archers brewery clips adorn the above bar counter glasses shelf reminding of the wide range of names it used on what were very mediocre beers indeed. CAMRA price discount was not proffered.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Rother Valley - Ebulem4.50GoodNicely tart
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Acceptable
Harvey's - Bonfire Boy5.80Not Tried
Dark Star - Winter Solstice4.20Not Tried
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Hammerpot - HPA4.10Not TriedRan out
20 Aug 2015 (HSB)
First point of call. Relatively quiet. Tap in the gents was problematic. I thought I was going to cause a flood.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bedlam - India Pale Ale4.80GoodAmerican style
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Rother Valley - Alliance4.20Not Tried
Acorn - Sunstorm4.50Not Tried
Gun - Milk Stout4.10Not Tried
Brown Ales - Full Metal Jacket5.50Not Tried
24 May 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. More in than on a number of previous visits.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Bramber4.50Acceptable
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not TriedRan out and new cask pulled through, tempted but time was pressing
Dark Star - Victorian Ruby Mild6.00Not Tried
Marble - Dobber5.90Not Tried
Crouch Vale - Yakima Gold4.20Not Tried
Silver Brewhouse (formerly Raw) - Brown Cow Bitter3.80Not Tried
13 Apr 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening last knockings.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00PoorTired
Crouch Vale - Blackwater Mild3.70Not Tried
Dark Star - Summer Meltdown4.80Not Tried
Abbeydale - Dr Morton's Accent Compensation4.10Not Tried
Tyne Bank - Northern Porter4.50Not Tried
Waen - 54-464.90Not Tried
07 Mar 2015 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening. A friendly welcome and a few comings and goings.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00PoorTired. Drank with just a little resentment
Harvey's - Old Ale (or Sussex XXXX Old Ale)4.30Not Tried
Rother Valley - Boadicea Ale4.50Not Tried
1648 - Gold Angel5.00Not Tried
Downlands (formerly South Downs) - Pyecombe All Ye Faithful7.40Not Tried
Hammerpot - Copper Bitter3.70Not TriedRan out
13 Aug 2014 (thebrewingman)
Late afternoon and the five us got a table that could seat us all.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Langham - Flor-Ale3.80Excellent
Blackjack - New Deck4.20Excellent
Triple fff - Devil in Disguise 4.70Excellent
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Kissingate - Toffee Cog5.50Not Tried
Acorn - Sticklebract5.00Not Tried
05 Apr 2014 (Stephen Harris)
The usual lively crowd in here, with discussion of the proliferation of new micro-breweries and the state of science fiction publishing.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Pilot - Vienna Pale4.60GoodReasonable pale ale, on the sweet side.
Mighty Hop - Golden Cap Bitter4.00AcceptableGolden in colour. A bit thin and a little bland I thought.
Harvey's - Sussex Best Bitter4.00Not Tried
Dark Star - Hophead (some, if not all, also brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Oakham - Black Hole Porter5.50Not Tried
North Yorkshire - White Lady4.90Not Tried
Imperial - Mad Mick's Hop Dance5.50Not Tried

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About The Gardener's Arms

The pub sign. The Gardener's Arms, Lewes, East Sussex

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent11
Good8
Acceptable5
Poor5

Website.

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

Lovely small pub just down from the Harveys brewery in Cliffe High Street. The bar to one side is halfway down which creates a front and rear room. Freehouse, independent and superb. Lots of community atmosphere with different events/pub and local teams being advertised. 6 handpumps in front bar and 1 at the rear - the latter used for cider. CAMRA discount for card carrying members.

We have visited this pub 20 times, seen 84 different beers and tried 23 of them.

Map location

Postcode: BN7 2AN