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

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Our policy is not to book out all our tables in advance. 

We know that sometimes the best drinks are drunk on a whim. 


The Swan

2 days 10 hours ago

Tired of booking a table and ordering through an app?
Want to drink and eat the old school way?

Come to us! We love it! spontaneity ALLLLL the way!
Our entire beautiful garden is free only for walk-ins! ❤️

Come and join us, the parasols are for rain and shine! Xxxx

The Swan

2 weeks 1 day ago

🏵️ Peony watch! 🏵️

We have been waiting eagerly for these beauties to bloom. They have a very short flowering period so come and check them out before they go again!

...and show us you're pretty pictures!

The Swan

2 weeks 6 days ago


So, as things are getting back to normal, we wanted to let know we have plenty of space for you all! the entire courtyard and garden are now walk-ins only, which means you can rock up with whoever for however long, old friends or make some new ones (the old skool way!).

This means we are only taking bookings for inside from now on - all previously made outdoor bookings will of course be honoured.

Come and get this party started with a 'Corpse Reviver 2', we're ready and waiting!

Love, The Swan team. X

The Swan

3 weeks 6 days ago

Oooooo baby! Look at this absolute DELIGHT.
This desert will be on our specials for a limited time only - brownie based orange cheesecake. Come and get one before I eat them all!!

The Swan

3 weeks 6 days ago

Come and warm up by the fire and try a bowl of our roasted tomato, chilli & chickpea soup, topped with heritage tomato salsa 🌶️

Just perfect for these cold windy days!

The Swan

1 month 2 weeks ago

New special alert!

Warm salad of locally sourced smoked peppered mackerel with roasted new potatoes, green beans, heritage tomatoes and a delightful lemon mayo!


The Swan

1 month 3 weeks ago

Some of our irresistible specials on today!

Halloumi and vegetable fajitas with salad, cheese and sour cream,
& Thai style sweet potato and tofu massaman curry served with rice and asian salad!


The Swan

1 month 3 weeks ago

***** STAFF WANTED *****
We are looking for capable, energetic and conscientious waiting staff to join our front of house staff at the Swan.
Ideally we a looking for local people who are not reliant on public transport to get home after a evening shift. Must be available to work evenings and weekends.
If you’re interested please message me on Facebook or send an email to info@theswaninnlewes.co.uk
Thanks so much, looking forward to hearing from you

The Swan

2 months 2 days ago

What a beautiful sunny Friday afternoon we've got Swannies!
Perfect to come and try these refreshing new juices on the menu:

- Elderflower, lemon and raspberry presse
- Rock shandy
- and a Ginger and lime fresh press!

Yum yum yum, come come come! 🌞

The Swan

2 months 3 days ago

With the sun coming out and the garden buzzing with the lovely sound of people catching up, there's no better time to get yourself one (or all) of our delicious new cocktails!