The Patch Lewes

The Patch Lewes

Don't be fooled by the humble cafe exterior, it belies a trove of global beer variety

19–21 Market Street
Lewes
BN7 2NB

01273 477042

The Patch Lewes

A humble café offering a staggering ten rotated keg lines

The Patch hides its beery bounty very well. It’s an unassuming place that from the outside appears to be a pokey café, in an old building, on one of Lewes’s narrow side roads.

But step over the threshold and before your eyes is a wall of ten tap lines and a small fridge stocked with yet more wonderful brews. The options are incredible, with local, UK-wide and worldwide options presented together for you to choose from.

The brews are regularly rotated to keep things exciting for beer explorers, but expect to find a combination that might include Sussex milk stouts, reputable pale ales, classic Belgian beers and never-before-heard-of regional European lagers, all on one wall, all available to try before you buy. The Patch’s Facebook posts are good at keeping you updated on new arrivals.

The venue itself is simply decorated – lots of white and green, and a collection of basic wooden furniture. At the front, stools and a café-style window bar allow you to perch and peer out; or turn left for a mish-mash of booths, tables and chairs, creatively jammed into the long but narrow space. There’s a small yard out back that again seemed basic, but we hope they might do more with it over time.

The Patch is humble, and a little plain – and the fairly priced beers perhaps reflect that – but looks aside, you just cannot beat this place for beer variety in Lewes!

 
 

Beak Brewery Lewes

Beak Brewery Lewes

A nomadic cuckoo-brewer teams up with a Susex brewer to make their nest in Lewes

Unit 14
Cliffe Industrial Estate
Lewes
BN8 6JL

01273 473094

Beak Brewery Lewes

After traversing the country for many years, it’s apt that Beak make you wander off-piste for their tap room

Beak Brewery Lewes launched their brewer/tap-room to much hype in the Summer of 2020, and even Coronavirus couldn’t dampen the excitement as loads of people trekked down to the atypical location of Cliffe Industrial Estate for a taste.

The tap bar is located in a large unit overlooked by the chalk cliffs, and it’s cavernous. The tanks and brewing equipment are installed in full view around the room and on the rear back wall. In the centre is a small bar and at the front of the unit are rows of benches with more set up outside when the weather allows.

Beak stock a selection of their own incredible and locally renowned brews on tap; a couple of very hazy pales, a heady imperial stout, and a table beer were on offer last visit, alongside a guest Keller Pilsner from Lost and Grounded.

The tap bar opened during coronavirus and so our only experience so far has required logistical planning and booking a week in advance in order to secure a space.

We can only imagine that when social distancing and hourly slot bookings are a thing of the past, Beak Brewery Lewes, with it’s out of the way spot, will have a great communal beer hall type vibe with revellers drinking merrily into the evening.

 
 

Ladies Mile Patcham

Ladies Mile Patcham

A charming and welcoming community pub, offering art deco class and a variety of entertainment

Mackie Avenue
Patcham
Brighton
BN1 8RA

01273 554647

Ladies Mile Patcham

A charming and welcoming art deco pub hiding in the Brighton burbs

The curved frontage and sparkly columned entrance of Ladies Mile Patcham is inviting and with a touch of fun and a colourful bench seating space on the forecourt overlooking the green opposite would be just the ticket in summer.

Inside you are met by a fine looking and obscenely long curved bar and there’s a distinctly art-deco theme. The lighting, period ceiling and curvature of the bar all give off some very 1920/30s art deco vibes, and it’s characterful rather than dated.

The pub is split into 3 main spaces; the big central bar with spacious booth seating, some high tables and a TV in the corner, a large games room to the left with ample space for a pool table, a darts board and a few high tables, and to the right a space perhaps more focussed on eating with dining tables set out for larger groups.

We counted 6 cask pumps and if just half of them are stocked with different options, that’s still decent choice. Other than that the options are focussed on global brand lagers, ciders and Guinness.

Tisbury’s kitchen run the food at Ladies Mile Patcham and offer a good range of pub snacks, burgers, pubby mains and desserts that are priced fairly and gastro expensive.

 
 

The Park Crescent Brighton

The Park Crescent Brighton

A charming backstreet pub and garden, and the place to find all your Badger Beer faves

39 Park Crescent Terrace
Brighton
BN2 3HE

01273 604993

The Park Crescent Brighton

A Hall and Woodhouse connected local with a charming back garden

In a quiet crescent shaped backstreet sits The Park Crescent Brighton, easily missed if you don’t know it’s there, but a classic local to many.

The pub is charming and traditional, with wooden furniture, wooden floors, and a sleek central wooden bar which stocks many of the Hall and Woodhouse favourites in the Badger Beer range across 4 cask pumps and a tap. Other big brand largers and ciders are available.

The garden is a lovely waled off leafy retreat at the rear, bigger than it looks with a good number of tables spread out across the patio, some of which are under cover.

A good looking menu of pub faves is available and roasts are served on Sundays.

The Park Crescent Brighton claims to host the ‘best music quiz in Brighton’ which runs on the first Wednesday of each month, this must be put to a test at some point.
A definite unique quirk of the pub is it’s pinball machine. We can’t think of anywhere other than Dead Wax Social where you can get your pinball fix and a pint in Brighton.

Sidewinder Brighton

Sidewinder Brighton

A pub with loads of seating inside and out in, across spacious wooden rooms and 2 beer gardens

65 St James’ Street
Brighton
BN2 1PJ

01273 679927

Sidewinder Brighton

Arguably one of the best pub gardens in Kemptown

Located on the cusp of Kemptown, Sidewinder Brighton is a modern black fronted pub with a reputation as a fun and vibrant drinking location.

The wide wooden bar space you enter is filled with a combination of tables, chairs and benches and decorated with smatterings of quirky art, signage and memorabilia. This massive space stretches down beyond the bar to 2 more large seating areas where there is tons of room for even the biggest of groups to get together.

The garden is where this pub really shines though. With an astroturfed rear and side garden offering a massive amount of seating options at tables, on benches and in heated booths, it’s a great location any time of year but especially popular in Summer.

As Sidewinder Brighton is a Laines pub, Laines Brew Co beer is always found here alongside a good rotation of local brewers and your usual lager suspects.