Lewes — Cliffe

Lewes is the county town of East Sussex, England, a civil parish and is the centre of the Lewes local government district. The settlement has a history as a bridging point and as a market town, and today as a communications hub and tourist-orientated town.

Today we’re visiting the one-time village called Cliffe, now part of Lewes. Cliffe got its name from Cliff Hill, a large chalk cliff east of the town.

We start our little walk at the east end of Cliffe High Street, where you will find two car parks. This is the Thomas à Becket church, where the Orthodox community worship.

Cliffe High Street is a nice little street with lots of antique shops, which close at 5pm.

 Bill’s Produce Store, a great restaurant.

Great good, great atmosphere. Every high street should have a place like this. Richard Caring, who owns Le Caprice and The Ivy, owns a stake in this place.

There’s plenty of room, so you probably don’t need to make a reservation.

Bill’s actual produce store,  which uses fruit and veg from farms in the region, is part of the restaurant.

Prominent in Cliffe High Street is Harvey’s Brewery. This is their Brewery Shop.

Harvey is the oldest independent brewery in Sussex. In 1838 John Harvey built a new eight quarter brewhouse on the current Bridge Wharf site which he had purchased for £3,707 and went into business with his three sons. It was Henry Harvey who took over the brewing – he was producing stout, ale and porter in the mid 19th century.

Harvey’s Brewery on Bridge Wharf, along the River Ouse.

Harvey’s Tavern in Bear (!) Lane, just off Cliffe High Street.

A very nice tavern it is, as the locals are frequenting this pub. The riverside Brewery Tap needs no help to find customers. Lisa Martin makes everybody welcome and Chef Peter Riches diligently oversees the crafting of each meal as if it were the only one of the day. The John Harvey Tavern is always busy and has an excellent range of Harveys beers- as you would expect.

Although, not everyone is local. The man on the right is John, and he lives in New Zealand. He’s nice enough though… 🙂

The River Ouse, seen from the bridge. From here it finds its way through the South Downs. After Cliffe the Winterbourne stream empties into the Ouse and the main river is banked on the west by the Heart of Reeds. The Ouse courses southeast past Glynde, where the tributary of Glynde Reach gushes into it; and then passes Rodmell , Southease (where there is a locally famous bridge) and Piddinghoe; finally reaching Newhaven, where it splits industrial Denton Island from the mainland and provides an important harbour, and then empties itself into the English Channel, surrounded on either side by two long breakwater piers.

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