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The Royal Oak, Lewes

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 02/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 02/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Bar, British, Pub, Mediterranean
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
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Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
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Reviewed 15 August 2021 via mobile

A lovely late lunch. Delicious food, perfectly cooked, well presented. Professional, friendly staff. The pub is contemporary but traditional at the same time. We visited three years ago and remembered it as a charming place.

Date of visit: August 2021
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ROLewes, Owner at The Royal Oak, Lewes, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2021

Thank you so much SaffySue! You must have last visited just after we opened. We are so glad you enjoyed your meal and thank you for your kind comments. Mitch & Team Oak!

Reviewed 7 August 2021 via mobile

Clean, friendly staff, non-sticky tables, lovely food & drink choice - vegan and vegetarian options, nice atmosphere!

Date of visit: August 2021
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ROLewes, Owner at The Royal Oak, Lewes, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2021

Hi Katie, Thank you so much for your kind words. I particularly like that you found the staff to be clean & friendly :-) Sorry, couldn't resist that! But seriously, thank you. All the best, Mitch & Team Oak!

Reviewed 12 July 2021

Lovely pub and staff really friendly however we went there for a meal and were disappointed that when they only offer 6 main meals 3 of them were sold out! ! Felt sorry for the young lad that served us as it was his first...shift and he looked really embarrassed. We went to order puddings and jokingly checked if they were all available, he said they were. We ordered Eton mess and he came back from the kitchen and said they had all gone! Food we had was lovely but having 3/6 options available is not very good and they hadn’t been busy!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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ROLewes, Owner at The Royal Oak, Lewes, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2021

Thank you for your feedback Julie. First of all, I would like to focus on the positives! I am very glad that you liked the Pub, found the staff to be friendly and thought the food that you had was lovely.. It's a shame the...More

Reviewed 1 July 2021

My friend Alan and I visited The Royal Oak a couple of times during our little break to Lewes. The weather was very warm on our first visit, so we were able to sit outside on the very charming and pretty terrace. On our next...visit, we sat inside the pub and enjoyed a very yummy gammon, egg and chips. Very delicious! On both visits, the staff were considerate, polite and friendly, excellent customer service. The landlord Mitch is an absolute superstar and it was really lovely chatting with him. Highly recommend a visit to the Royal Oak when you're in Lewes.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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ROLewes, Owner at The Royal Oak, Lewes, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2021

Thank you so much Carla! I remember you and Alan well. You were an absolute delight to chat too. Your kinds words are very much appreciated. Many thanks, Mitch & Team Oak! x

Reviewed 27 May 2021

Service was friendly and attentive and the food was excellent. We really enjoyed the music, which was superbly curated . A very cool pub with stylish and interesting touches. Deserves to be much busier.

Date of visit: May 2021
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ROLewes, Owner at The Royal Oak, Lewes, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words. They really do mean a lot in these difficult times. So glad you liked the music! Mitch & Team Oak!

Reviewed 14 November 2020

I love this pub. Quiet but excellent. Good food. Good booze. Lovely staff. Very relaxing. I love it.

Date of visit: November 2020
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ROLewes, Owner at The Royal Oak, Lewes, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2020

Thank you so much for your kind words. As we sit here, fingers crossed that we will be able to reopen again soon, it is lovely to read such a positive post! All the jolly best, Mitch & Team Oak!

Reviewed 26 October 2020

I had 2 hours to spare whilst the kids were at soft-play with their mum so after walking around ewes for a while and almost losing hope, I stumbled across this little gem. The bar staff are polite, the mood is definitely 'chilled' and as...I was looking for cocktails, the menu was refreshingly innovative lending modern spins to classics such as the Espresso Martini, the Sour (they use Ameretto, not Whisky) and my favourite the Dark & Stromzy which has Kraken involved. Great spot, Highly Recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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ROLewes, Owner at The Royal Oak, Lewes, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2020

Thank you so much Adam. In these difficult times, it is very rewarding to hear that we are hitting the spot! All the best, Mitch & Team Oak!

Reviewed 11 September 2020 via mobile

What a lovely traditional pub with great jazz music. They serve a great pint of Harvey’s best bitter. They take track & trace very seriously asking you To scan your contact details via barcode generously located around pub The decor very original and we went...there three times when we stayed three nights in Lewes. The staff remembered us when we went in which was niceMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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ROLewes, Owner at The Royal Oak, Lewes, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2020

Thank you so much Clive! That's very kind of you. We hope to see you again soon. Mitch & Team Oak!

Reviewed 15 August 2020

My friend and I had dinner here on friday night. I enquired on times food was available and pre booked a table the day before. We got there and hand gel was available, welcomed with a smile from the man behind the bar. Everyone was...spread out for appropriate social distancing. The waitress wore a mask and cleaned tables etc. She was very friendly and welcoming throughout the entire evening. We sat inside to eat, great menu available. Food was fantastic. After eating we sat in the garden for a drink and dessert. Sticky toffee pudding with ice cream, very impressed! Wasn't like the cheap sugary microwaveable dome shape rubbish. It looked and tasted homemade and spongey. The pub is smart, clean and tidy and i cant wait to go back soon.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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ROLewes, Owner at The Royal Oak, Lewes, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2020

Thank you so much Emma! That is very kind of you. Don't judge me, but i have just had one of those Sticky Toffee Puddings ... probably not wise at nearly midnight, but they are soooo good! We do hope to see you again soon,...More

Reviewed 19 July 2020 via mobile

Lovely pub, cosy atmosphere and really well set up for social distancing. Delicious food - would highly recommend the chocolate brownie. Friendly, efficient service. Good value for money. Would highly recommend

Date of visit: July 2020
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ROLewes, Owner at The Royal Oak, Lewes, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2020

Thank you so much Kate. We massively appreciate you taking the time to write such a lovely review and hope you will visit us again soon. Kindest regards, Mitch & Team Oak! ... and yes, the Brownie is gooooooood!

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JoviGirl108
23 August 2019|
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Response from ROLewes | Property representative |
Hi JoviGirl, Our Menu isn't very big, but we always try to make sure there are Vegan & Vegetarian options available. There are usually 3-4 Vegan dishes
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20 November 2018|
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Response from ROLewes | Property representative |
I'm afraid not. But there are several public car parks within a short walk ...
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Yes, The Royal Oak, Lewes is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Royal Oak, Lewes is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5