Restaurant Brighton's guide to
Restaurants in Lewes
Our top picks
The acclaimed team behind the multi-award-winning venue The Roundhill has brought their trailblazing ethos back to their hometown of Lewes. Kokedama offers an exclusively vegan menu that showcases the unique and exquisite flavours of plant-based cuisine, natural wines and botanical cocktails. The restaurant is set in the famous Lewesian landmark, The Needlesmakers and is the first of its kind in the town.
Every element of this restaurant has been presented with thoughtful consideration and attention to detail. Modern small plates are prepared in the open kitchen, making the experience all the more intimate. Set aside a few hours to fully immerse yourself in the Kokedama culinary experience because you’ll want to savour every moment in this place.
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.
Taken over by the team behind the award-winning, plant-based venue- The Roundhill, early in 2021. Max and his family have moved back to their hometown, taken over the local relic and brought their passion for plant-based living, simple, sustainable and local flavour with them.
The Needlemakers Cafe offers the best of cafe culture; banging brunches, comfort lunches, pastries, shakes, coffees and teas, only this cafe is 100% vegan. Set in the heart of Lewes and just off the bustling high street and a 5-minute walk from the train station, it makes for the perfect spot to stop and refuel with family and friends before you embark on the rest of your shopping or the second leg of your hike across the Downs.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Pelham Arms
The Pelham Arms is a charming traditional 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 food 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 in a relaxed setting. The small plates style allows diners to sample a range of dishes, and trust us you will want to.
The Snowdrop Inn
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 is seasonal, freshly cooked with a strong ethical and sustainable policy as well as options for all diet types.