The Swan is a cracking little pub on the edge of Lewes town. It’s vibrant and busy, traditional and inclusive, quirky and individual. When we took over the pub in 2009 we didn’t have a particular agenda or plan for the pub. It’s current incarnation has developed organically over time, catering for the needs of the local community.

In it’s bones the Swan is a traditional, old-fashioned two barred public house. It’s low ceilings, wonky walls and open fire are every bit the country pub of yesteryear. The earliest known recorded reference to the Swan appears in the Lewes Journal 1760, which tells the story of a stranger from foreign shores who arrived at the Swan looking for shelter and refreshment. He was set upon by ruffians, beaten and robbed.

I assure you things have changed. Visitors can expect a warm and friendly welcome. In the winter the fires are roaring, in the summer the vast, award winning garden is an absolute delight. We serve food all day, have a vinyl only music policy, purvey delicious well made drinks and are proud of the buzzy, jovial atmosphere which encourages conversation, merriment and mirth.

We truly believe we preside over a true community gem which caters for all. On any given day you can see office workers, walkers, young families, students home from uni, groups of friends, birthday celebrations, retirement parties, head wettings, bonfire society meetings, tourists and staunch regulars all happily rubbing shoulders and having fun.

For many people (ourselves included) the pub represents a way to loosen up and enjoy a little of the silliness, exuberance and emotional openness denied to us in day to day life. We love the warmth, laughter and random non-sensical conversation that hours spent in a pub can bring. Pubs have a unique capacity to bring people together from all walks of life, a good pub can be the beating heart of a community and we firmly believe that drinking in pubs is good for your health. So do the right thing, support your local. And if you happen to be in the vicinity of Bell Lane/ Southover high street come and raise a glass at the Swan.

Opening Hours

MON - THU:  Midday - Midnight

FRI - SAT:  Midday - 12.30pm

SUNDAY:  Midday - 11pm


30A Southover High Street,
Lewes, East Sussex


The Swan


A friendly and charismatic pub at the end of Southover High St in Lewes, serving local Harveys ales and excellent food. Beautiful sunny beer garden and ample car parking.

The Swan

1 day 6 hours ago

Dear Customers
We are happy to announce that we will be reopening at midday on Wednesday 2nd December.
TO BOOK PLEASE CALL: 01273-480-211
Reservations are available for indoor bookings (maximum of 6 people from one household or support bubble) or outdoor bookings (maximum of 6 people from 6 different households)
Everyone who visits the pub and wants to enjoy an alcoholic drink is obliged to do so alongside a full substantial meal. Essentially we are operating as a restaurant and as such we are offering tables for a maximum of 2.5hrs per sitting.
I'm sorry that we are having to be so restrictive, but we assure you we will do everything within our power to make your visit as warm and enjoyable as possible.
With much love. The Swan xx

The Swan

4 weeks 1 hour ago

Hey folks, as you may have heard, there is yet another national lockdown looming as of the 5th... Which sadly means we will be closing the doors for the foreseeable at 10pm on Wednesday! This unfortunately means we cannot honour any bookings that have been made from the 5th of November until we resume! Thank you all so much for supporting us the last month's and we can't wait to see you all again as soon as possible for some festive fun! ☃️🎄
Look after yourselves, we miss you already! Lots of love, The Swan! Xx

The Swan

4 weeks 2 days ago

Hello everyone, our phone signal is down this afternoon, huge apologies, please either email or message on facebook if you need us! Sorry!! All the love, The Swan!

The Swan

1 month 1 week ago

New warming winter boozey cocktails ready for all your taste buds to enjoy! Along with some new additions to the every day menu for you try out! ❤️ Would also like to add a huge thanks to all of you for continuing your patience and support in these odd times. All our love, the Swan team. Xx

The Swan

1 month 2 weeks ago

Now that the colder weather is upon us, we have set up this wonder of a covering. Come and enjoy the warmth and our cosy new addition !! Let's keep up the distanced loving in the new swan cave!
Lots of lovely pints and new warming beverages to look forward too. Much love, the swan!