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“Good Food, Bad Man”
Review of Kings Head

Kings Head
Ranked #59 of 118 Restaurants in Lewes
Price range: $12 - $24
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: This is a gastro pub - a traditional British pub serving excellent quality food. Locally sourced and seasonal. Open Inglenook fire pace, large sunny garden with stunning views of Lewes Castle. Great selection of local ales, wines and spirits. Perfect for a pint or to have something tasty to eat.
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Visited for Sunday lunch as had heard great things about the place. Even though we were first to arrive our order was not taken for a while. After 15 mins of the order being placed, we asked if the food would be arriving soon - the waiter/manager was very sarcastic and we were shocked into silence! The starter then arrived (v nice) but we had to wait another hour for the main course (beef roast/vegi roast). The food was really good and great quality produce but the service had spoilt it and by then we couldn't wait to leave.

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1  Thank Larlee S
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

I had wanted to write a review about the Gun Inn in Chiddingly but it is not listed. So instead, when a couple of old pals, and that description is on the button as they are both pals and old, wanted to go for a jolly pre Christmas lunch I suggested the Kings Head in Lewes as it is within an easy five minute walk from the railway station rather than an awkward cab ride, in the unlikely even you can ever find a cab prepared to take you to Chiddingly, which may as well be in Bengal as just off the main London to Eastbourne Road.

So we booked, although the place was hardly busy on a Tuesday lunchtime in the last week of November. My pals like to get their pre-Christmas lunches in early, just in case they don't make it to Christmas.

And the food was top drawer and the wines, although limited, were very good indeed. We wanted a bottle of Champagne to kick off but unfortunately it is not stocked so we had an award winning English sparkler instead. I am not a fan of English sparklers or English wine for that matter but this was light and bubbly and eased us into a mood for some solid Cotes du Rhone before that ran out and we switched to Malbec. Both good and what was needed to support some first rate cooking off a simple but excellent menu.

I kicked off with a smooth rabbit terrine whilst the old boys had scallops and salmon which they both tucked into with gusto. Two decent steaks, cooked just as they wanted followed by a fine burger for me. I know burgers are just so now at the moment but this was top notch, a good sized pate´with solid hand cuts chips, and a decent smoky flavour to it.

And rounded off with a really old boys' club Welsh rarebit- why isn't it called rabbit? And why is it only on menus that you have a buck rarebit and not a buck rabbit? This was supported by another bottle of Malbec and by now we were really in the swing of things, putting the world to rights and going great guns on how David Cameron is both weak and wet and how Nick Clegg should be hung from the nearest yard arm. Such a slow death was deemed entirely unsuitable for Ed Milliband, as not being slow enough.

We finished off with some sobering and potent espresso and tottered off happily to the railway station all hoping we would wake up at the right moment and not find ourselves in Hastings or Milton Keynes.

So do try the King's Head, the food is spot on, the service both helpful and friendly, and the best thing being that the pub will rarely be occupied by reactionary old bores like me and my two senior chums.

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Thank Golfing-Steve
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

The King's Head is on Southover High Street, just a short walk away from the railway station. Anne of Cleves House is one minute's walk away and Southover (Tudor) Grange is adjacent.
For a number of years this pub was seriously going down hill. Since new, young, management took over it has flourished. The pub has had a make over but it is still a friendly, cosy pub. There is a good range of beers. This is not a 'pub grub' pub. It has gastro-pub aspirations. The menu is limited but it changes each month. There is an emphasis on local produce, fish from Newhaven, meat from local farms etc. An excellent place to chill out with your friends or family.

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1  Thank Peter C
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Recently visited the pub with my husband on a day trip from hastings and was truly delighted with both the service and the food, the starters were fantastic but the duck and brill mains really stole the show. neither me nor my husband could find any fault with the dishes as both were cooked perfectly. We shared a chocolate torte for desert and we were both equally delighted with it (especially the malt caramel icecream) Having read some of the reviews for this pub i find it hard to believe that people have not had a wonderful experience. A fantastic pub and restaurant i would urge all to visit!!

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Thank georgiaHastings
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

the innkeeper and host are wonderful, great hospitality. good price/quality ratio concerning the food, we liked it very much. nice wines, good beers and ciders. service: an A++++!

1  Thank Auguste G
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