The pub is split into two distinct areas but all served by the same central bar

Private Bar:

Confusingly the private bar comprises the larger, main area of the pub with an open fire and access to the garden (seating for 35). 

We tend to not book out the entirety of this space exclusively to one party.

Saloon Bar:

The smaller of the two bars (seating for twenty) this bar is more drinky with bar stools, board games and a woodburner. 

The Saloon bar is a great place for a party. 

We clear the furniture to make way for our banging dance floor on our regular DJ nights.

This room is often used by people wanting to throw a celebration or host an event. 

We recommend a maximum capacity of 40 guests will fit comfortably in this space with room for a buffet table, less if you factor in the space for a DJ. 

Although the area is not a private hire function room (the difference being that other customers may wander into your party – we don’t corden it off, we just reserve all the tables for you) it does provide a good degree of separation from the rest of the pub, whilst also providing excellent access to the bar. 

We have a marvellous pro-audio sound system installed into which you can plug in an MP3 device to play your own music to set the mood.


It’s safe to say our garden in our pride and joy. Split into two parts, a walled lawn garden and a cobbled courtyard, we modestly believe we deserve the crown of Best Beer Garden in Lewes.

Since 2012 our marvellous gardener has been hard at work making our garden the glorious space it is today (if you see him say Hello, he’s very friendly). 

Our planting style very much embraces the English cottage garden aesthetic with lots of bird boxes (some of them in use), picnic benches and perennials. 

Since 2016 we have been self-sufficient in sage, rosemary and oregano courtesy of our carpark veg patch. 

In winter 2018 we added a heated and covered pergola for when the sun goes down or decided not to shine.

Please note – we don’t take bookings for the garden, just turn up and grab a pew



We are lucky enough to have a carpark but it tends to get very crowded.

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Sadly the pub isn’t ideally set up for disabled customers. Both street entrances have steps and sharp turns.


The garden entrance is better and we have a ramp behind the bar which makes the main room wheelchair accessible.


However, the toilets are small and there is no separate disabled toilet.


& Kiddos

Neither of our pub toilets are large enough to accommodate a baby changer but if you talk to the bar staff they’ll be happy to show you to the upstairs changing table.


We have some highchairs, a kids menu and a small selection of colouring books, crayons, toys and games.



Dogs are very welcome throughout the pub, but please keep them on a lead.

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!