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The Snowdrop Inn

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    ( 5 reviews )
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119 South Street, Lewes, England, BN7 2BU

Serves meat, vegan options available. Popular place. Dogs welcome. Live music events in the evenings. V for vegetarian on the menu, but vegan options require special requests.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Organic, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

Reviews (5)

First Review by wildfang

a great pub and eatery - Edit

an outstanding pub and eatery, the food is well prepared and delicious. All considerations for food alledrgies and specific dietry needs (just ask the bar staff, they listen and make good your food order to your specific requirements).
I have loved this pub ever since moving to sussex in 2000, it has changed a little but maintained its great food menu(legendary sunday lunch menu) which is why I keep going back whenever opportunity arises/allows.

Pros: excellent food, great staff, excellent company guaranteed

Cons: none that I can think off


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From a Lewes resident - Edit

This is the perfect place to finish a hike in, particularly as many trails lead to it. There are always vegetarian options on the menu and if there isn't a vegan option immediately obvious they have always been able to make something. I would recommend phoning in advance to ask and give them a heads up, its not essential but they do seem to appreciate it. However if you plan to go on Sunday be aware that the vegetarian options are usually quite reduced, sometimes only down to a vegetarian roast (which is very yummy) and one other, with vegan options being one of these veganized. The cuisine is 'British Pub' but a lot better than you would get at many of the other pubs in the area. Also of notes is that they are a free-house but don't drink Harveys (the locally brewed beer) as it is not even vegetarian.

The setting is below the cliffs and I suggest asking a local or staff member for the story of how the pub got its name! It is next to a main road and this makes the otherwise cosy beer garden a bit less special. Overall though this is the nicest pub in Lewes.

If you are visiting Lewes not only is this your best option for vegetarian but also really your only option for Vegan food. Everyone is welcome, this is not a local. They also sell dog-treats and is a dog-friendly pub.

If you are planning to go for Sunday lunch get there early 12:00/12:30 as the place does not take bookings and gets VERY busy.

Pros: Free-House, Beer Garden, Located on/near Hiking trails

Cons: Vegans have to ask, Sunday is very limited, Can get very busy


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Lovely Pub, Tasty Grub! - Edit

The Snowdrop Inn is a traditional & comfy small pub with quirky decorations, tucked away in a small back street of Lewes near the cliffs.

Friendly staff informed me on the phone that the menu changes regularly & there is always a vegan choice / ability to adapt some of the veggie choices. On the day we visited, of the four vegetarian starters (from 13 items), two could be vegan (eg houmous, olives & pitta; carrot & coriander soup). There were five vegetarian mains (out of 19) & three were easily veganised.

We chose the chilli, which came with rice & jalapeños, swapping the cheese & sour cream for more jalapeños & some houmous (see picture). It was a good-sized portion & very toothsome.

Also available was a brazil nut, cashew, pumpkin seed & cranberry mushroom burger, served with chips, salad & [dairy] coleslaw (which could be swapped for eg houmous or salsa) and a mezze platter of falafel, olives, houmous, cous cous, flatbread, leaf (!) & [dairy] tzatziki (again, could be swapped for eg salsa).

A tad expensive for pub food - we're talking £10 for veggie mains June 2012 prices - the same cost as the meat dishes (I'd expect to pay around £5 - £8 for similar size & quality in London) & £5 for starters & desserts. But a good, interesting selection, pleasant place for a meal & staff were clear about veganism.

They have won awards for best pub etc & had a wide selection of drinks, though I don't know which were vegan (they had Westons cider). Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

Pros: Tasty food, Friendly staff & good service, Pleasant Atmosphere

Cons: Moderate - Expensive, Non-dairy equivalents would be nice, No vegan desserts


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What a pub! - Edit

The Snowdrop Inn is a totally laid-back pub with friendly and helpful staff concerning vegan dishes, colourful interior, good music and a great mix of people calling in. It's a bit like stepping back in time a couple of decades, esp. with the music events in the evenings.
Some of the vegetarian dishes were vegan. We had a delicious mushroom lentil burger with fresh salad, salsa and chips - altogether for an affordable price of about 7 pound.


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