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 of our tables in advance.
We know that sometimes drinks are best drunk on a whim.
We have a beautiful beer garden (some sections of which are heated and covered) none of which can be pre-booked.
When we're busy we struggle to answer the phone. If you contact us through email or facebook we will get back to you ASAP. 
We are still taking normal bookings during the festive period but if you would like to book for Christmas please email us at info@theswaninnlewes.co.uk so we can confirm your booking and organise a preorder with you! Deposits will be required for all Christmas bookings and a cover charge of 10% will be charged for tables of over 8 guests.
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The Swan

5 days 9 hours ago

We wanted to say a massive THANK YOU! To all those who have had a coffee or tea with us in the past month you’ve helped us raise a total of £1312.12 for НДСЛ "Охматдит"! ❤️

The Swan

1 week 3 days ago

Thanks to everyone who came down last night we had a blast! Let’s keep the ball rolling! This Friday 24th come and join us for a good old fashioned Shakedown!

9 till late

The Swan

1 week 6 days ago

Fruitful sounds are back at the Swan. Never one to be missed.

Free Entry 🍺🍷🥂 🍹🎶🎹🎵

The Swan

1 month 1 week ago

💙 Thanks to all you lovely coffee and tea drinkers we have managed to raise £662.20 to go towards @ohmatdyt, the biggest children’s hospital in Ukraine! But we’re not stopping there! We want to raise more to help so until the end of this month all money from our hot drinks will be going straight to this amazing charity! Come have a cuppa with us! 💛

The Swan

1 month 2 weeks ago


We are looking for one new friendly and hardworking member of bar staff to join our lovely team!

To apply, please email us at info@theswaninnlewes.co.uk or drop your CV in at the bar.

The Swan

2 months 1 day ago


Come join our lovely team! We are looking for a kitchen assistant (must be 16 or over) to work with us part time! Drop your cv into the bar or send it over to us at info@theswaninnlewes.co.uk to apply!

The Swan

2 months 1 week ago

💙 All our tea and coffee proceeds will be donated to Ukraine 💛

So come have a warm cuppa with us!

The Swan

2 months 1 week ago

Tomorrow Night! Come down for a boogie!

The Swan

2 months 1 week ago

We hope you’re all enjoying the sunny bank holiday weekend and as a treat we’ve got something special planned for the next one! On Sunday 1st May, Fruitful Sounds will be taking to our beautiful garden to give you some ‘Balearic & Beyond’! See you there 😎

6pm until 9pm

The Swan

2 months 2 weeks ago

We thought it was time for another one 👇

Come join us on Saturday 23rd April at 9pm for one hell of a night! Free Entry!! We’ll be dancing till the early hours!

See you there 🦢