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First up in our Lewes restaurants guide. As second-generation Italian coffee roasters, Trading Post is a natural place to begin a day in Lewes; In addition to masterfully roasted coffee, Trading Post serves a fine selection of breakfast from the Full English to lighter bites such as yoghurt pots and compote topped porridge bowls. Brunch and lunch are equally creative and focus on using whole foods for flavour, colour and natural taste, all using local ingredients where possible. There are ample vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options across all menus.

Interior Shot - Bills Lewes

Bill's, Lewes Restaurants Guide

It may now be a massive national chain, but this is where it all began. The Lewes restaurant is the original, and so, therefore, the best. What started as a small fruit and veg shop has grown into one of the most trusted eateries in the UK. Their approach of creating homely dishes utilising the best meat, fish and vegetables available is why people love them. It is this ethos that this first café was born. The Lewes restaurant is the stone from which all other Bill’s was carved.Situated on the main high street it has a prime position. Pop in for a coffee and a slice of cake or a full evening meal. Either way, you are guaranteed a delicious meal and fantastic service. It is likely you might leave with some goodies for home as well.

Selection of cakes - Flint Owl Bakery

Flint Owl Bakery

Flint Owl Bakery is dedicated to creating the best bread and pastries using only the finest ingredients. They take their craft seriously, creating products where no corner has been cut. At their café in Lewes, you can pick up some of their superb artisan bread and freshly baked pastries. Alternatively, take the weight off your feet and enjoy a drink and bite to eat in their charming setting. With a fabulous walled garden and cakes to die for, the smell alone is worth the trip. This venue had to be included in our Lewes restaurants page, as where else would you go in Lewes for fabulous baked goods?

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Depot is a cultural and community hub with multi cinema screens, live music, drinking, dining, art exhibitions and creative courses and workshops. This is a destination suited to whole families for a cultural day out or if you’re looking to impress on a romantic date night.The Depot Kitchen is open for breakfast right through to evening meals and is well thought out and reasonably priced. The bar offers drinks from many quality local producers including Ridgeview and Bolney Estate and Harvey’s, whose brewery is just next door. Why not combine your visit with one of these Sussex walks too. 

The bar at Pelham Scott - Lewes Restaurants

The Pelham Arms, Lewes Pub

The Pelham Arms is a charming traditional Sussex pub set in Lewes town centre. It offers guests popular gastropub classics made from locally sourced suppliers and ranges from burgers to plant-based dishes. Everything is created in house, they have a smokehouse in the pub where meats and fish are cured. Keep an eye out for beers from their own micro-brewery situated in the cellar. Landlord Andrew spends much of his free time creating beers under the name Abyss brewing that are showcased in the pub.

If you are looking for a Sussex restaurant with a focus on ethical, seasonal and nose to tail dining then Limetree Kitchen is the place for you. This is quality food that is produced with passion and a purpose. Everything from the considered sourcing to the exceptional presentation has been carefully thought through with the customer in mind. Limetree Kitchen is an exceptional dining experience and a standout Lewes Restaurant. The tapas style small plates allow diners to sample a range of dishes, and trust us you will want to.

The Snowdrop Inn, Lewes Pub

For a night of live music and a traditional free house atmosphere, The Snowdrop Inn is the place to go. The Snowdrop Inn have worked hard to transform the pub into a resounding local favourite, hosting a beer festival, sports day and fun dog show every year (but not all at the same time). Their selection of beer and wine is strong and supports local and small producers. Food at this Sussex pub is seasonal, freshly cooked with a strong ethical and sustainable policy as well as options for all diet types. The Snowdrop is a super option for a Sussex Sunday roast.