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John Harvey Tavern

Bar, British, Pub
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Beer Yard | Bear Yard, Lewes, England
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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173 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

...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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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beer always sound. Nice to sit outside, when weather good. Food looks good value, congenial,customers, no nutters.

Thank SussexBalancer
Málaga, Andalucia, Spain
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76 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walked some 15km to get here and had a beautiful pint of Harvey's bitter, ordered the roast lunch as it was a Sunday, we were served in 'minutes', we both had roast beef - no option for rare or rare to medium beef which was very disappointing. Roast potatoes were not 'roasted' more like boiled with a flash in the... More 

Thank Steve M
Kentallen, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very warm and welcoming bar stuff! Lovely waiter , excellent Sunday dinner. Really nice atmosphere in this pub , toilets upstairs very clean and big dining area upstairs as well as small dining area in the actual pub ! Husband said their roast spuds not a patch on mine , but whose are ?

Thank Rachel I
North Berwick, Scotland, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A few beers outside in the sunshine with family prior to a wedding next day. After a long rail journey from Edinburgh, it was a perfect restorative - friendly staff and absolutely fabulous Harvey's beers which are brewed at the brewery just across the road.

Thank Richard Y
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The John Harvey Tavern never disappoints, the atmosphere is always buzzy and delivers a great experience. The staffs are super friendly and always very welcoming. Great selection of wines - not your typical poor standard of House wines but great choice of some high quality wines Dining options are great also, good selection on the menu with some specials such... More 

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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
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar scene
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: Beer Yard | Bear Yard, Lewes, 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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?