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John Harvey Tavern

Bar, British, Pub
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1 Bear Yard Cliffe High Street | Bear Yard, Lewes BN7 2AN, England
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On the banks of the Ouse, 200 yards from the Brewery with an olde world charm but a modern feel. Harvey's ales are as good as many small brewery droughts and better than most. Sadly, I am experienced and have never had anything like the Malt Brown. It is dark, sweet, nutty and tastes of molasses. Like a more tasty... More 

Thank Paul84Lurcher
OldAleMitch, General Manager at John Harvey Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Paul, Thank you so much for your kind words. I have to say, I am in total agreement with you about the Malt Brown. I wasn't sure how it would translate to Keg, but it is a delight! Hopefully we see you again soon. Kind regards, Mitch More 

Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here for an evening meal and enjoyed an excellent pint of the local beer and an enjoyable meal in a lovely old pub. The staff were excellent. The food was well cooked, plentiful and arrived promptly. Good value for money.

Thank Harry H
OldAleMitch, General Manager at John Harvey Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Harry, Thank you so much for your kind words. We are very glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. I will be sure to pass your comments on to the Team. Kind regards, Mitch More 

London, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for somewhere for lunch and thought we would try the John Harvey Tavern. We had often seen the pub with plenty of people sat outside enjoying the pub but never ventured down but very glad we did. Lovely atmosphere and really friendly staff and good service. Menu suited us and prices really fair so all round we... More 

Thank peter c
OldAleMitch, General Manager at John Harvey Tavern, responded to this review

Hi Peter, Thank you so much for your kind words. This is exactly the way we want our guests to perceive us, and it is always rewarding to hear that our efforts have been appreciated. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Mitch More 

Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

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 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

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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96 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016

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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127 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016 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 July 26, 2016 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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63 reviews
50 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

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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, Large groups, Families with children
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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