Under snow-white cliffs at the far end of Lewes is a charming, craft beer gem
Snowdrop Inn Lewes
Craft beer from across the county plus a rotating varied grub menu
The Snowdrop Inn Lewes’ moniker, and in fact the pub’s whole existence, owes itself to a deadly avalanche that fell from the cliffs above a couple of days after Christmas in 1836. 4 years later the pub was built in commemoration of the event and those that perished, and almost 200 years on the pub is still serving drinks to punters while the cliffs loom innocently above.
As you enter the pub from the central front door, the jocosely painted red and green bar is dead ahead of you spreading left and right. To it is attached incredible selection of taps, 13 if we counted correctly, which offer beer seekers a selection including; German lager from Rothaus, Belgian fruit beer by Fruli, and local craft beer options such as Burning Sky‘s Saison and Gun Brewery‘s Extra Pale. There’s Harveys Best and a local craft Pale on the cask pumps and also 2 types of cider, neither of which are mass market brands.
The square-footage of the pub is a probably larger than it first appears with tables and chairs slotted in around the periphery of the large central bar which dominates the room. The pub is a warm combination of wood cladding and carpet with the decoration made up of nautical theme, dog themed artwork and various sculptures made of hubcaps. I recognise these from other pubs there used to be some in the Hop Poles in Brighton, so I’m guessing this is a local artists work. The pub is very dog friendly, our dog was offered a treat while visiting, and someone connected with the pub has 2 large white dogs as they are regularly appearing on the socials as well as in the pictures in frames on the walls.
There are 2 garden spaces, a fake-grass yard to the left of the pub with a few benches, and to the right up some steps more benches on a gravel yard with a nice view of the cliffs. It’s a shame about the traffic noise but if you can put that out of your mind it’s a pleasant place to sit.
Opening times currently are Thursday to Sunday, and at the time of writing there is no Sunday roast option, but loads of the usual pub fayre is available everyday and the variation of the menu makes things interesting each visit and we like to think that this suggests the chef adapts to ingredients available locally.