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The Blacksmiths Arms
4.0 of 5 Inn   |   London Road, Offham, Lewes, England   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Offham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Lewes, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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“New ownership looks promising”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

(It is a shame one can't review the Blacksmith's Arms as a restaurant, not just as a hotel, but there is no entry for it in the restaurants list.)

We called into the Blacksmith’s Arms today for the first time in a while, to find that it is under new ownership and has been for a whole week. The place has been redecorated and is light and bright; one particular change is that the tables which ran along the front wall beside the bar have been moved, to allow space for drinkers as well as eaters – they are listening to the locals, who said “We want our pub back!” The staff are all friendly and welcoming; we were introduced to Bill, one of the new owners (the other is Adam) and were told the background of Mark, the chef, who has trained in Michelin-starred kitchens.

The menu is brief to start with, until everything is fully up and running; however, the choices are all tempting. The ingredients are fresh and mainly local, and the menu is changed every day to allow for what is available. The previous emphasis on fish is no longer there, but who knows what will happen as time passes?

We ate a light lunch of home-made fishcakes (actually made with plenty of fish, rather than mostly potatoes as some pubs do) and I indulged in a “brioche French toast with Nutella maple syrup” which was rich and sinful. While we ate, several other couples arrived, mostly pre-booked, and word seems to be getting around! Before we left we booked for lunch on Sunday week; it will be interesting to see what their roasts are like. A photo which Bill had on his phone of last Sunday’s roast beef showed it deliciously rare!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adam W, Owner at The Blacksmiths Arms, responded to this review, August 27, 2014
Dear Molly thank you so much for your review of the blacksmiths arms. It's really appreciated that you have taken the time and effort to write a review for us. It's nice to hear that we have given something back to the local community that they were wanting. The menu has changed but rest assured the sinful brioche French toast will remain on the menu!
Thanks again,
Adam & Bill
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We arrived just after 9pm having had a long day walking the South Downs way and finding our B&B but the staff were very friendly and the chef happy to take our late order. The menu was varied with a lot of fish options locally caught. Wine and beer choices were fine and the kitchen staff happy to accommodate special requests for food, at least when we were there. They couldn't have been more helpful or more nice to deal with. Food was well cooked and tasty, and came very promptly. No complaints at all, and thoroughly recommended. Only ate, didn't stay so cannot comment on the rooms.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: London Road, Offham, Lewes, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Lewes > Offham
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Offham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Blacksmiths Arms 4*
Number of rooms: 4
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