Firstly, Lewes, the historic town where Pelham House is located is something very special in my opinion. It is in eclectic mix of traditional Sussex life, fascinating history, interesting people and an arty and vibrant backdrop. And Pelham House, a stunning 16th century town house is perfectly situated right in the middle of it, a stones thrown from both the well connected railway station and the main High Street.
I actually took advantage of a promotion and got a special deal on the 'superior room, 3-course meal and breakfast for two and without disclosing the specifics, that represent very, very good value for money. The only date we could make the superior rooms were not available so I paid to upgrade to their Executive (Best) Room.
We were advised parking was available but that it could be tricky so we opted to park on the street and charges are unjustifiably high in Lewes so that in hindsight i'd have paid the £6 or so to park on the forecourt. Check in was very good and first impressions of the room were good too. It was a very traditional room with various original features and the decor was pleasant enough with a large comfortable bed. The bathroom was nice too although showing a few signs of wear.
I was surprised to see an old style TV too, not that we even turned it on but the cost of a flat screen TV is so minimal these days it's hard to fathom how a hotel's best room could not be worth the investment. It was also very dusty under the main desk unit and radiator owing the the floorboards and a clear area missed by the hoovers. But overall it has character and this made up for the shortcomings.
Dinner was fantastic, the food easily compared with any of the better restaurants in nearby Brighton and it was well worth the £25 offer they have on for 3 courses. We were made to feel comfortable and at home by the waitress, allowed to pick a table and the food was delicious, the wine was equally good. The £3 supplement for the local cheese board was also money well invested in my opinion.
After dinner we went to the bar area where they have a decent cocktail menu and I ordered a Cosmopolitan which was well made indeed. You can also order a good menu from the bar area should you prefer a more casual dining experience. I must confess there was a slightly grumpy man on some form of duty that night between bar and restaurant but his apparent mood wasn't bad enough to spoil ours!
The sleeping was not so great because the room was so hot. We turned the old fashioned radiator off but it seemed to stay on and even with the Window half open in the middle of Winter the room was still hot. Breakfast was absolutely excellent both in terms of service and food. The Eggs Benedict was sublime, good coffee and plenty of nice toast too. Anyway, checkout was easy but having left in a rush owing to the street parking situation I hadn't noticed that i'd overpaid on the bill. However, in fairness to the Hotel, when I contacted them it was immediately refunded.
Overall I wanted to absolutely fall in love with the Hotel as it's stunning and Lewes is amazing, I didn't fall in love with all of it but the food and the setting are great and i'd definitely go back to eat. I also think it would be a lovely setting for a wedding.
I would definitely return to the Hotel to eat and probably stay too. If you are visiting Lewes, it's a great place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pelham house offers 31 individually designed bedrooms that blend the best of modern fittings and comfort whilst preserving many original historic features of the building. All rooms are fitted with contemporary handmade oak furniture, remote controlled TVs, phones and high speed data points and have en-suite baths or luxury showers, a range of natural toiletries and comfortable beds with crisp white linen. Most bedrooms overlook our pretty south facing garden, framed by views towards the South Downs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pelham House Hotel Lewes
- Pelham Hotel Lewes
- Pelham House Lewes, East Sussex