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 Nice pub
I have been in here many times the drinks are first class the price of a pint is £3.10 the cheapest in lewes the landlord and landlady have run this pub for 25 years they have 4 tvs covering all sports a pool table cash machine duke box fruit machines a nice heated garden for smokers toilets for disabled food is home made and very good I would recommended this pub to every one.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014Rating: rosettes

Very nice family run pub spotless lager was very nice shame its not extra cold. did not have any thing to eat but you could see into the kitchen which was very clean well presented pub will go there again
Tuesday, November 18, 2014Rating: rosettes

Nadine Cowdrey
 Awful food since new management
The menu used to be so comprehensive and always incorporated wonderful seafoods.Alas the new management and new chef if you can call him or her a chef have put an end to the lovely meals we used to have there.You would get better food at a greasy cafe.
Sunday, March 31, 2013Rating: No rosettes

Natasha Boult
 Nice food but poor service
Stopped here today (group of 7 of us). The food was nice but the staff were very grouchy and couldn't really be bothered to take our order. When we asked for pudding, it seemed like we were putting them out. Won't be visiitng again.
Sunday, March 3, 2013Rating: rosettes

Mrs Ould
unspoilt litle pub really nice
Tuesday, September 11, 2012Rating: rosettes

Mr Hailsworth
 Sussex Fish Cake.
On saturday took the boss (Her indoors) and we had the Sussex Fish Cake.
which was superb washed down with a cold glass of Pepsi.
Monday, July 9, 2012Rating: rosettes

When will the current Landlord realise he can't treat people like rubbish! (want to put a different word in here but fear the comment may get deleted!). This place COULD be a gold mine, but with the current Landlord taking the reins and not the Lanlady, this place has NO hope of ever being more than sub-standard.
Sunday, February 26, 2012Rating: rosettes

 Local gem!
Really surprised to read some of the comments below, can only think it must have been initial teething problems. In my experience The Kings Head is one of the best places in Lewes for food, really interesting dishes and none of the frozen brought in rubbish you often find in other 'gastro pubs', they really do make it all from scratch. A really good edition to the Lewes food scene.
Monday, October 10, 2011Rating: rosettes

J. Downing
 Another fabulous meal at The Kings Head!
Went to The Kings Head this friday for dinner, service and food absolutely fantastic as usual. My partner tried the sussex smokie fishcake which was delicious and the waitress was kind enough to recommend a wine that went perfectly. We really love the quality of the ingredients they use on their menu and the laid back atmosphere. If you haven't been yet, try it!
Monday, September 5, 2011Rating: rosettes

Avoid. Landlord (Don?) has BIG attitude problem.
Friday, September 2, 2011Rating: rosettes

Keith J Hicks
 Excellent. Service good and food superb.
We visited the Kings Head with friends a few weeks ago, having not been back for several years - since our major disappointment with service & quality provided by the previous tenants/owners.
We had a lovely evening with very good food well presented and excellent reception and service.
Last Friday - I googled the Kings Head to find their telephone number. Following our recent experience I could not believe the recent comments entered on the website. Regardless, we went back that evening for what resulted in an excellent evening. Again, good food, well presented. Warm welcome and very good service. Kings Head - keep up the good work; we'll be back.
Sunday, August 28, 2011Rating: rosettes

A Bishop
 Great food....but......
We just had lunch at The Kings Head and greatly enjoyed the food which was very tasty.
HOWEVER I think that the service was extremely slow ,as there didn't appear to be more than a handful of people in the pub with us.
We came to the pub with the intention of using the Viva Lewes deal, as we have done in the past in a number of other Lewes Restaurants. I feel were treated rudely due to lack of clarity about the use of the vouchers. The bar maid obviously knew that we were using the vouchers as there was discussion about our booking in the middle of our meal.I feel that she was blaming and very ungracious about the situation and sadly I don't think I will be coming to the pub to eat in the future
It should have been an enjoyable lunch but left me rather annoyed and feeling like I had spent a lot of money without intending to do so
In my opinion it is a foolhardy way to go about business in a town like Lewes which as you know operates on word of mouth!!!!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011Rating: rosettes

I have lived in this area all my life and the Downsman as it is now is the best its ever been. Find the staff always friendly and the food is very good. If there is a pub to avoid it would be the manor, no friendly atmosphere and over priced. Obviously those who visit the manor are clearly happy with that.
Saturday, July 23, 2011Rating: rosettes

Geoffrey Kalina
 The telephone is disconnected ?
Does anyone know if this superb Inn/Hotel and Restaurant is still open and doing business ? And if so what their contact telephone number is now ?
Wednesday, July 20, 2011Rating: rosettes

Pamela MacNeill
Went to Kings Head on 14th July 2011, were greeted with smiles, ordered 2 drinks, asked if we could see the menu.Then curtley told if we wanted food we would have to order quickly as they were going to be busy, looked around about six people in the pub. We got our meal it was ok, then before we had even finished the barmaid brought over the bill. How rude, as a Lewes person, living and working in Lewes I will certainly not be singing the praises of the Kings Head.
Sunday, May 15, 2011Rating: No rosettes

Linda Bond
Have eaten here several times with my family, We have never had any complaints the food is excellent . The service is always good and the staff are always friendly. Looking forward to our next visit. P.S. Brilliant value for money.
Saturday, April 16, 2011Rating: rosettes

Linda Baines
 Wedding Party at the King's Head
My daughter and her partner had their wedding party at the King's Head during January. Around 75 of us gathered there. The staff made us so welcome, the food was absolutely delicious, everything was - just perfect. I shall tell everyone that if they want to have an informal lovely afternoon then they could do no better than The Kings Head in Southover Street, Lewes.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011Rating: rosettes

 wayne N.
thank god for comment places like dsi one the pub is not gud costs lots and man has not welcome
Friday, September 3, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 great pub
visited pub august 2010, lovely pub with good (cheap)! beer and very good food . will visit again when in the area again
Friday, August 13, 2010Rating: rosettes

 The Manor & The Grenadier are better!
It depends who is working. sometimes itd ok, sometimes its terrible. But it is close to where myself and friend live so sometimes we go there wondering why we bothered. our advice would be to go elsewhere. the landlord has a big attitude problem.
Friday, August 6, 2010Rating: rosettes

Mr J Wearing
 give it a miss!!
Agree with most of the comments here - GIVE IT A MISS
Monday, July 12, 2010Rating: rosettes

The Downsman has been In the Camara real ale bible 5 years running - What a joke!!!!!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010Rating: rosettes

 A Tradional Pub with good home cooked food.
Highly hilarious some of the bad comments! Do they work for Hall and Woodhouse who own the Hangleton Manor?The Downsman has been In the Camara real ale bible 5 years running! Enough said.
Sunday, April 18, 2010Rating: rosettes

go elsewhere
Tuesday, March 30, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Jeff Longsdale (and mary)
 What a joke
You would think that pubs like this didn't exist anymore. Very cold atmosphere. Staff grumpy and drinks over priced considering it's an estate pub. We go to The Manor usually and will from now on.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009Rating: No rosettes

What a friendly place to go if you want a value for money meal. There Sunday roast is a must..
They have a wide choice of Drinks both Alcoholic and non alcoholic to cater for every one.
Friday, September 4, 2009Rating: rosettes

I have been using this pub since the new landlord/lady took over in 2000. Before they took over, the place was a dump, what a change! The beer is well kept and the food delicious. If there is a problem it's always dealt with politely. This is by far the best pub in hangleton, just ask the locals! If in doubt come and see for yourself!
Thursday, September 3, 2009Rating: rosettes

J Smith
 Health concerns - avoid!
Visited at the end of July 09, served moldy bread as part of our two year old daughters meal which she unfortunately ate half of before we noticed. Very upsetting experience and has had a bad stomach since. VERY begrudgingly gave a refund even though we left half way through our meal very distressed. Enviro Health notified next day.
Thursday, August 6, 2009Rating: No rosettes

justin time
 what a shock
happy to take your money to rent boats but don't try to cross to the opposite bank for a walk and a picnic (as we often did as children) the only food to be consumed in the wide surrounding area is in the pub - staff will challenge you - really ruined our day out - can understand no picnics in the pub grounds but on footpath along the riverbank - what's the problem apart from percieved loss of revenue for the pub
Sunday, June 28, 2009Rating: rosettes

A Manor Drinker
Give it a miss! What a shame and a waste of a great opportunity.

We shall drink elsewhere!
Saturday, April 4, 2009Rating: rosettes

Alex & Sam
 Very unfriendly.
Went for a pre-dinner drink in town. Very unfriendly member of staff. She was more interested in being on the phone than serving. Even the locals were getting annoyed with her. I can't understand why people are being employed who clearly can't do the job and aren't interested. Couldn't wait to get out of there. (birthday meal in Brighton was great though!! - thanks Sam)
Friday, February 20, 2009Rating: No rosettes

 lovely food and atmosphere
I hadn't been for a while as it was a bit old man with weird decor, but I was bery pleased to see it's been given a new lick of paint which is befitting to what is a lovely building. The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly. All in all an excellent pub experience. I will definitely return again.
Friday, February 13, 2009Rating: rosettes

Very expensive, bad attitude
And the worst so called home cooked sunday lunch i ever had!
unfortunately i did not venture upstairs to the loo before i ate, or elsei would have walked out before ordering! filthy and not just a days worth! also popped myheadonto the galley kithchen and think that itshould closed down
Saturday, February 7, 2009Rating: No rosettes

alex pollak
 excellent 10 /10
Lovely pub, amazing food, great staff and welcoming atmosphere. A top pub in a sea of average Lewes boozers
Sunday, February 1, 2009Rating: rosettes

 out of touch
feels like I'm in a village hall. The other side is a revaltion: they have coal and logs! Why is one half of the pub chilled to the bone and the other half live like kings?

A baguette is a cheap lunch time dish. A Ham sandwich for £5.95!!!!!!!

For a place situated in such a great location to grab tourists and the local community this is a greatly missed opportunity to pull in a huge amount of custom.

If I were you, I would stop of at the Hangleton Manor for far better service and grub.

The Downsman has missed out on a major opportunity, sadly. Just ask the locals :)
Friday, January 23, 2009Rating: No rosettes

 really unfriendly
Not a pleasant pub at all. Food OK. staff charged 3 different prices for same drink. All real ales were off (not available).
Monday, December 29, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Penny Fordham
I would like to thank the Landlady in the Peace and Plenty for such a lovely warm welcome and a good meal. Add to this the friendly and certainly non food intentioned welcome of the little black cat who is so poorly. I missed out on the chance to come to the Inn last year but my friends brought me this weekend of 2nd and 3rd Feb. Cant wait to visit again. Hope the puppies are thriving!

Best regards
Monday, February 5, 2007Rating: No rosettes

 New owners
If you are going to say good things about your own pub then at least put your name to it, anonymous posts look just like what they are, bull.
Monday, February 5, 2007Rating: No rosettes

I would like to say that the New Inn is under new ownership. The new owners, who have only recently arrived have worked hard to clean the place up and bring the food back to a standard that everyone will enjoy!! They work hard at ensuring that everyone feels welcome and that they enjoy their visit to this lovely old pub. So try it again you may be surprised!
Friday, February 2, 2007Rating: rosettes

Mrs Lynn Smith
 brilliant food friendly atmosphere and clean
Have visited here twice now and both times have had a wonderful meal.We have been on a saturday and a week day but I can imagine it being a bit hectic on a sunday with the roasts on the menu.the staff were very polite and the loos were spotless even.We will definately come again as there are so many yummy meals to try on the menu.A very satified customer who travels from Surrey
Thursday, February 1, 2007Rating: rosettes

What a briliant atmosphere! Taking my family back there next time for that delicious sunday roast. Good Service.
Thursday, January 18, 2007Rating: rosettes

 Well Done!!!
I must say, I was very impressed with the work.
Sunday, November 12, 2006Rating: rosettes

John Beever.
 Eclipse Good Old Days.
In the early 1980's frequented by the world-famous pianist,John Beever,whose absence is still lamented by the regulars.Nice local pub with good menu.Please buy another piano.
Sunday, October 29, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Great Pub
Al us regulars were a bit dubious about the re-fit. But the Manor is perhaps even better than it was before - stylish but still with that country chique. The food is great too.
Sunday, October 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

Neil Hookway
 Dreadful service, stressed staff
Tried to visit on Sunday lunch - over 1/2 hour wait for a table and then told over 45 mins before food would arrive. Chaotic organisation and quite rude staff made what looked like a nice pub into a very bad experience - we ended up leaving and going elsewhere!
Monday, September 25, 2006Rating: No rosettes

L Harding
 Very satisfied.
Visited for the first time on Friday 8 September. Great variety on the menu, both food and wine! Order arrived fairly promptly and we were served by very polite staff. Must have changed a bit since March! Will definately be visiting again.
Monday, September 11, 2006Rating: rosettes

Gerard Saunders
 Not been yet
I have not been to this pub yet, but intend to soon. My intention is to combine it with a trip to the local post office, as I need to buy some stamps and some envelopes in order that I can send off a number of letters.
Thursday, July 20, 2006Rating: rosettes

Adrian Winbow
 Excellent pub
Good ambience, food, beer and wine list.
Pleasant staff who are very helpful and caring.
Series of entertainment events throughout the year.
I would recommend this pub to anyone for a wonderful time.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006Rating: rosettes

 top pub
best food in town ..bar staff the most friendiest and good looking in town!! well worth the visit!!
Saturday, July 8, 2006Rating: rosettes

James Illingsworth
 Worth a look but choose your time well!
A great pub. I've lived near by for 3 yrs and only recently started drinking there. If you enjoy a good atomosphere for football with standing room only for the BIG matches get down. But on the flip side is great for a quiet sunday lunchtime drink or a drink in the evening. Has a very small courtyard to the rear for those hot summers days and balmy evenings
Thursday, June 22, 2006Rating: rosettes

Steve Johnson
 2 WORDS.... Great Place
Used to go here years ago when there was trouble near enough every weekend, now times have changed, new Landlord lady, Barstaff and a young talented DJ called nell or sumfin, the place has turned upside down, well recommend the place for youngesters!!!
Thursday, June 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Chequers Battle
This is a beautiful little pub restaurant steeped in local history, it has a warm friendly welcome and a pleasant ambience that cannot be instilled, the lunchtime trade is quite brisk whilst the evenings are more mellow and easygoing. Under new ownership this year the pub is quietly developing into a pop-in must when visiting Battle. The food however has a long way to go, it aspires to great things but in reality does not live up to the promise, a halfway attempt at being a gastro pub without the food level required, whilst attempting to hold on to it's previous reputation as Good Pub Grub, in reality it has become neither. However what the pub does do is serve good beer! in a relaxed and genial atmosphere, friendly chit-chat is easy to come by in the bar with attentive and positively welcoming staff. Well worth a detour on the way up or down to the coast from London or further afield.

Thursday, June 8, 2006Rating: rosettes

Leigh Adams
 Poor Service
Slow and rude. Anyone would think they didn't want the business.
Tuesday, June 6, 2006Rating: No rosettes

marie goodchild
what a great place to take the kida had a lovely day and the food was out of this world jwhat on a thursday then back later for the weekly jam night felt like being on hoilday.
Tuesday, May 9, 2006Rating: rosettes

Simon Taylor
Had visited before and been much happier but on Sun 5th March, the staff seem to be very stressed and getting ratty, ordering people to Sit, they seem to change the ordering structure without telling the customers, the portions were noticably smaller, the beef with much grissle & the steak badly cooked- they were advertising for a new grill chef. All in all a great disappointment
Monday, March 6, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Friendly Quay side pub.
A smart, friendly place to drink and watch the boats go by as they pass on the river ouze to the sea.

On the down side, food not very exciting and drinks can be a bit pricey.
Saturday, January 28, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Wonderfull atmosphere and people
Great pub situated fairly centrally in Lewes. Landlords are great and the pub is regularly packed right up untill closing.
All in all, not a bad word to say, although it gets bloomin' hot in there in summer.
Sunday, November 27, 2005Rating: rosettes

Paul Tonks
 Saturday 19 November 2005
My wife & I called in to the Brewers Arms on Saturday evening. It was very quiet: just some Germans having a meal and some locals discussing the England v All Blacks rugby. We enjoyed our brief stay and took the opportunity to get warm again from the cold outside. The Weltons Guy Fawkes's Revenge (ABV 5.0%) was excellent and slipped down a treat! Thanks.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

barry bethal
 absoulty fabulaous
what agreat night. we recently ventured to hastings and stumbled across a lovely little rustic pub with live music pete martin was there and absloutely excelled. the crowd really loved his interaction and the staff were out of this world many thanks to the landlords john and kim for making us feel so at home
Saturday, October 15, 2005Rating: rosettes

Kris Tomkinson
 Never again!
I don't know if any of you have visited lately but the food is disgusting, stinking overcooked vegetables, cold main courses, half cooked fish! the list could go on forever but the topping was the view of the kitchen through the swing door as I approached the bar, it was filthy, so bad in fact that I have reported them to the enviromental health, when I complained to the owner he just grinned at me and said Oh well then walked away! Never, ever again!
Tuesday, October 4, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 The best garlic bread you'll ever taste!
Great pub, food is amazing, lovely new decked area out the back is a real suntrap.
Monday, October 3, 2005Rating: rosettes

Miss Gema Rosado
 What a terrible experience
My husband, myself, my brother and his wife were subjected to a weekend of verbal abuse by the owners of the Hare & Hounds Pub in Rye. Our weekend camping in the Pubs rear field for 15 pounds per tent per night was one of the worst experiences of my life. Rob and Andy the owners made our stay one we would prefer to forget. Rude, agressive and totally unacommodating.
Monday, July 25, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Mark Gregory
 The worst pub experience I have every had
Inhospitable is an understatement! The Landlord Rob, with his intimidating and aggressive nature made for a wholly unpleasant visit. Don't be fooled by the pleasant exterior, this pub, B&B, Restaurant and campsite is run by people who have a entirely different definition of customer service. Rye has some wonderful pubs and restaurants and this isnít one of them
Monday, July 25, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Lovely pub - very friendly - great food
Lovely pub - very friendly - great food - well worth the visit.
Sunday, July 3, 2005Rating: rosettes

 great meal
had a lovely meal with the family, great service and great food. we'll be going back
Wednesday, June 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

 great all rounder
This is a great live and let live pub with lot's of friendly people and some brilliant entertainment. it's worth going just to meet the dog.
contact www.lansdownarms.com
01273 480623
Thursday, May 26, 2005Rating: rosettes

Jim The Kid
Great Pub, Great Music nice people.
Sunday, May 8, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Fortnightly quiz
Quiz night every other Wednesday, well attended, nice crowd.
Monday, April 11, 2005Rating: rosettes

 Worth travelling to.
I regularly travel from Bexhill On Sea to Winchelsea to visit this pub for the excellent food and service that I receive, even whwn teeming with customers one never waits long to eat, highly reccomended.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005Rating: rosettes

Walter Tweed
 Good food.
I can't comment on the letting rooms but the food is very good, I have lived in Winchelsea for over 30 years and seen many changes at this old Inn and can vouch for the quality and substance of it's fayre and welcoming log fire.
Thursday, March 17, 2005Rating: rosettes

April Merryman
 Its run down
Don't bother with this place, it's well past it's sell-by date. The letting rooms are basic and cleaned occasionally.
Tuesday, March 8, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 comfortable pub
Great pub.friendly staff, landlord/lady both fab
Friday, February 4, 2005Rating: rosettes

Sunday, January 23, 2005Rating: No rosettes

Jimmy G
 Spent a great night here
Well kept beer, friendly people
Monday, December 20, 2004Rating: rosettes

 The Brunswick Pub
The Brunswick Pub Hove Holland Road

The Brunswick pub known for servicing the needs of day time drinkers shielding them from the day light and harsh reality of the real world has now been taken over my a new management team, pulling back the blinds and shedding some light on a Hove hidden treasure. The pub has made quite a transformation in short period of time and this in down to the young dynamic brother duo Rob and Laz.

The pubs boasts 2 big screens for the sporty types of Brighton providing an opportunity to work on your pint lifting techniques and for those into extreme pub sports then thereís the offer of 4 pool tables to add a bit of competition to your evening.

The kitchen has been cooking up quite a storm creating what we know and love, good old pub grub throwing in a few gastronomic delights and typically the Sunday Roast with all the trimmings. Yes all the trimmings!

For those at a lose for party venues this is ideal, catering for all your foody needs as well as providing local DJís and itís been known that personal appearances have been made by Rob on the decks turning the dance floor into a jibing frenzy.

Overall they have done a stirling job of turning a pub that has been lost in translation into a welcoming home from home. So go on tick of this pub in your Brighton Pub guide and soak up the chilled atmosphere created especially for you by Rob and Laz.


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Tuesday, November 9, 2004Rating: rosettes

David Newton
 Village pub worth a special visit.
Excellent village pub with real atmosphere plus selection of real ales and a lovely enclosed garden with exotic plants, flowers and ferns. Across from Rail Way station and small museum.

No meals but nice rolls.
Friday, August 6, 2004Rating: rosettes

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