Each Autumn Andrew and I try to escape London for a few days. But limited time off and a few other commitments meant that we couldn’t do our usual Autumnal weekend gateway this year. Instead, we decided to jump in the car and explore places closer to us on a sunny Sunday and we ended in the picturesque Lewes.
The drive from London took about an hour and a half and having worked up an appetite we first stopped for lunch at The Green Man on the outskirts of Lewes. I had done a bit of Googling on the way and the pub came highly recommended. Some people also mentioned that portions were generous, so we were sold!
Well the portions weren’t generous, they were humongous! I had ordered a quiche slice and Andrew a pulled pork sandwich and when our plates arrived we felt like we had been served portions for giants. My head was physically smaller than the slice!
We left more than full but not complaining! The food was tasty and the value for money unbeatable.
We arrived in Lewes town centre and found a parking spot without any difficulty.
We started our walk along the high street toward the river and spotted a Grand Design house on the way (any other Kevin McCloud’s fan out there?).
Our stomachs were busy digesting and we were in urgent need of caffeine to keep us going so we stopped at Trading Post Coffee Roasters. It is a nice coffee shop where you can pick the type of blend you would like. I went for the Black Pearl blend, rich and full-bodied, exactly what we needed!
We spent the reminder of the afternoon exploring the high street. Walking from local shops to bakeries.
We swung by the castle and enjoyed the views of the valley. Lewes happens to be in a very hilly area with many cliffs and viewpoints.
We ended our visit at St Anne’s church before heading slowly back downhill through the back streets toward our car.
It felt good escaping London for a few hours and getting a bit of English countryside fresh air in Lewes. Next time we visit we will need to go to Harvey’s Brewery!