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Bill's Restaurant

56 Cliffe High Street, Lewes BN7 2AN, England
+44 1273 476918
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Ranked #47 of 81 restaurants in Lewes
Price range: $17 - $34
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The mothership! Our Lewes restaurant, opened in 2001, is where the Bill's story began and it continues to be an extremely popular destination for locals and visitors from far and wide, sitting in the heart of this pretty town.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The mothership! Our Lewes restaurant, opened in 2001, is where the Bill's story began and it continues to be an extremely popular destination for locals and visitors from far and wide, sitting in the heart of this pretty town.
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English first
east sussex
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

We were regular visitors to Bills in Lewes and Brighton, but not any more. Same old story with people who open a great eatery then get talked into opening 20 more by their bank manager, they get greedy and start cutting corners on quality, service and who they employ. I was offered a specials menu but then told that only... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

We popped in for lunch on a visit to Lewes. The place was very busy with a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere. Even though it was busy we were not kept waiting and the service was very friendly. Reasonable menu choices and we both settled for a very pleasant salad main course. Overall a good place to visit for lunch. If... More

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We were told of this restaurant and decided to give it a go when we visited Lewes and were not disappointed. We popped in during the afternoon to ask if we should book for the evening and were advised to. When we went back were were shown to a table by the window. We had the tortilla chips to start... More

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Lewes, England.
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54 reviews 54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This place used to be great when it was Bill's and had an adjoining proper grocers. Bill Collinson worked his socks off and this was somewhere we would visit often. On our last two visits our food seemed very expensive for what it was and not as described. A cheese plate was very poor and we sent it back. Service... More

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Burnham-on-Crouch, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Chose to eat here as had previously enjoyed a meal at Bill's in Bath. This was nothing like as good. I estimated the cost of the food on the plate to be about £1. For this they charge £12! And it wasn't very good. A piece of dry chicken, a few soggy sweet potato chips, a yoghurt dip. That was... More

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Seaford
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I've had breakfast, lunch and supper at Bill's and have never been disappointed. The staff are great and the food is delicious. It's definitely my favourite place to eat in Lewes.

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Nantwich, Cheshire
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Went to Lewes for a day out as part of our week long holiday in the area. We parked nearby and by-passed the usual chain coffee shops and found Bill's. What a nice café bar atmosphere, quite buzy and very busy. I just had a coffee and my husband has the fresh mint tea, which he enjoyed, but it was... More

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Bassoues, France
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83 reviews 83 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is the original Bill's restaurant and I was expecting more. The food was very slow in coming the service not good and it was not warm when we got it, it was also expensive for what we had. In my humble opinion they have had it good for far to long and are now becoming complacent.

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Lewes, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We have been going to Bill's since before the 2000 flood. The service remains very efficient and friendly. Bill's uses very good quality local produce, beautifully cooked and quickly served. I have no idea how it ever had a bad review because we have never had anything other than perfection here.

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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Shockingly bad food and service for the price. It's a nice building in a good location but that's where the positives stop. No idea why there are so many good reviews. Seriously, Lewes deserves better and TripAdvisor should have a zero star option.

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