After my recent hike on Mount Caburn, I headed into town tired, hungry, and looking for good places to eat in Lewes. Lewes did not disappoint and it has a bevy of exceptional coffee shops and eateries serving great quality and locally made fodder.
Flint Owl Bakery
Halfway up Lewes High Street is this wonderful bakery, but be warned, it’s so popular you may have to queue for a table or opt for a takeaway. These folk specialise in small batch, home-baked bread and pastries using organic ingredients. You can stop here for breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake. They also have a café in East Grinstead. Grab a bloomer or a gingerbread loaf or linger over a quiche, cake or croissant.
Just down the hill and on the opposite side of the High Street, Robson’s is the longest-established coffee shop in Lewes. You can also have breakfast, lunch, or traditional afternoon tea here and they have seating inside or out! Their cakes and scones are baked in-house and we opted for toasted specials on a choice of sourdough or ciabatta followed by cake (of course).
We didn’t have time or eating capacity to eat here but Bake Out is fast developing a reputation for their artisan breads and pastries which you can eat in or take away … made with local ingredients. They also have shops in Hassocks, Southwick and Lancing.
Café du Jardin
At the other end of the town centre, in Malling Street, Café du Jardin is a café/ bistro set in the eclectic courtyard of a former coaching inn, which is now home to Pastorale Antiques.
They have ample seating in the courtyard and a wine cellar-style restaurant downstairs. Packed with personality they major on local produce with a French twist. Feast on French fromage, mixed platters of cold meats or a variety of crepes! Bon appetite.
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