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John Harvey Tavern

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1 Bear Yard Cliffe High Street | Bear Yard, Lewes BN7 2AN, England
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We sometimes call here for lunch and it suits us, and the dog! , very well, There are a wide variety of snacks and main courses as well as good starters. On our last visit I had sardines on tomato salsa on whole meal toast---- absolutely delicious, £6.25 and more than adequate as a snack lunch. The sandwiches are served... More 

Thank janeyb2016
London, United Kingdom
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120 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is quite a nice pub with pleasant staff. I booked a table a few days for 2 people and a dog. The staff confirmed this when we arrived then proceeded to tell us they had a nice table for us upstairs where you can't take dogs. Our starters were fine - main courses though were just strange particularly my... More 

Thank Spartak55
Rustington, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

quaint, friendly pub in the heart of the beautiful town of lewes. we played a game of draughts whilst enjoying a drink before food service began at six. food was homemade and delicious as well as filling. my chips were the size of roast potatoes and were served with a sweet chillli dip. the side salad was well dressed in... More 

Thank bernieallfrey
London, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Lewes today and wanted to have lunch out, after walking around for a while we came across this pub just over the bridge in the town centre so decided to stop. There was plenty of seating outside although there was a car park opposite this did not detract us from stopping, Mainly because we had our dog with... More 

Thank Andyh69
Colchester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

New owners seem to be milking the price for what is now mediocre food. Use to be great - will now search for something less bistro for what it used to be - a pub to recommend. Strangely empty at lunch today -perhaps we aren't the only ones who are disappointed !

Thank Risforrebecca
Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Beer was great. Food superb, reasonably priced and plentiful - very good value for money. Staff very friendly and professional

Thank susie082
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62 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

Had a good lunch here today. We went to the pub just before midday and it was quite busy with drinkers then, we sat in the Tap room as the other bar the Lewes room was filling up with families with quite young children, nothing against that but we preferred somewhere a little quieter, there is space above the main... More 

Thank rickydodah
Brighton, United Kingdom
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176 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Having only been to the John Harvey for drinks before, I thought it might be nice to try it for lunch. Downstairs was jam packed, but the dining area upstairs was almost empty so no trouble getting a seat on a Saturday lunch time, there were morris dancers outside as well which was a nice traditional touch! Food wise, we... More 

Thank Laura D
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78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

Oddly, we went here (to a pub) seeking sweet stuff and coffee and it's so nice to find a pub that, along with some great Harveys brewery beers, caters for various types of drink based socialising, matched by seating options ranging from bar stool perch seats, to standard chairs round a table, to lounge chairs and sofas. We were served... More 

Thank amie_p
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

...a little disappointing. Perhaps it was our menu choices that let us down, as the food was perfectly edible, just a little uninspiring. You know, formulaic pub grub. The beer was good, as expected. The service reasonably friendly.

Thank Fen_Fin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Bear Yard Cliffe High Street | Bear Yard, Lewes BN7 2AN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Lewes
  • Phone Number: 441273479880
BN7 2AN the above ought to locate it well enough

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?