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.

 
 

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.

The World’s End Brighton

The World’s End Brighton

If the end is nigh, there's more than enough fun and games here to forget your woes

60-61 London Road
Brighton
BN1 4JE

01273 692311

The World’s End Brighton

A youthfully spirited pub and a fun place to see in an apocalypse or two

You wont miss the black-painted exterior  of The World’s End, complete with an angry Kraken rum octopus flailing its tentacles across the front facade.

Inside is open-plan and spacious, perfect for larger groups with canteen-style tables and chairs to right and long benches to the left. The atmosphere has a great buzz and we’ve noticed they’re not shy about turning the volume on the music.
The tables out front are popular at night and there’s a small covered decking space to the rear.

The bar has a host of craft beers lined up taproom style and rotated regularly, but there’s another side to the World’s End Brighton that adds to the fun and games.

The green booths opposite the bar are VR suites run by IPG. A choice of worlds are available to blast, shoot and fly in, all within in safe reach of a pint.

Upstairs are some more traditional arcade games and a fairground-style remote control race track. If that’s not enough, on Tuesdays Gaming Retro-bution set-up a library of retro games machines, and there’s a Monday pub quiz.

Food is provided by Wolfsmouth burger kitchen and we have been quite satisfied with them on past visits.

 
 

Freehaus Brighton

Freehaus Brighton

It's fun and games at Brighton Bier's Freehaus with lots of keg, cask and bar games

1 Howard Road
Brighton
BN2 9TP

01273 692484

Freehaus Brighton

A loungey pub specialising in a unique collection of bar games

The Freehaus,​ just off Elm Grove in Brighton, is a two-floor bar: upstairs a cosily lit comfortable pub space, downstairs a dedicated games area and good-sized pub garden.

There’s an impressive variety of options for both keg and cask; and this being part of the Brighton Bier empire, their own excellent brews feature heavily on taps and pumps but guest brewers are also rotated.

There’s a bit of an American theme running throughout, from the signage on the walls and the regular Whiskey Preachin DJ night, to the kitchen offering burgers, fries and associated sides.

The pub itself would be a great place to go as a pub in it’s own right, but Freehaus Brighton then throw in a unique downstairs games areainto the mix. We’re in danger of gender stereotyping, but it is the ultimate man-cave down there with foosball, toad, an arcade game and a couple of dart boards on offer in a spacious and stylish environment.

This pub is a great hangout for all ages but seems to have captured the local student clientele for good reason.

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