The Black Horse Lewes

Situated in the South Downs National Park, The Black Horse is a traditional English pub.

We are open all year round for lunch and dinner. We also take bookings for celebrations and special occasions.

Cask ales, speciality gins and fine wines.

We are passionate about cask ale. Up to 8 ales on at any one time. Beer from local microbreweries including Burning Sky, Dark Star, Isfield, Downlands, Hastings, Bedlam & Longman Brewery.

Excellent selection of fine ingredients, all well priced.

A pub is part of the community and should support local suppliers. Locally sourced food from Handcross Butchers, Sun Harvest Fruit and Vegetables, and The Fresh Fish Shop.

On-site gourmet restaurant

Traditional British and European cuisine. Meat, poultry and fish dishes, imaginative vegetarian and vegan meals.

Plenty of entertainment.

Football, Sports, Music, Quiz nights. A Bar Billiards table and a Toad Tale is also provided. We have an attractive beer garden for the warmer weather.

Lewes High Street is just a 5-minute walk away,

Lewes features a wide variety of cafés, shops and restaurants.The seaside town of Brighton is just 5 miles away.

Walkers and cyclists sometimes need a bit of help – a top-up for water bottles, a safe place to lock up your bike, or a friendly face that will tolerate a bit of mud.
We are part of the new scheme being trialed by the National Park Authority. We are proud to display the Cyclists and Walkers Welcome badge guaranteeing you a warm, friendly welcome.


Bring your party to us this Christmas

A traditional pub in Lewes we can provide the perfect location for your festive party. We can provide festive buffets, sit-down meals and Christmas drinks. You can book tables or an area. Our main dining area can accommodate 20-25 people depending on the style of your party.

Festive flavours

Our menu is packed full of tasty Christmas treats to cater for everyone, so you won’t be stuck for choice. You can also pre-book drinks with your package to get you in the festive spirit.

It’s your party

In our pack you’ll find our Christmas menus and booking form. If you would like something more bespoke then please let us know and we will build you a menu to suit your budget. From here on in the party is in our hands, so get in touch today and let us help you make your Christmas a party to remember.

Menu Availability

Our Christmas menu is available from the 1st November 2015 to the 10th January 2016. If you would like the menu after the 9th January don’t hesitate to ask & we will do our best to cater for you.

How to book

Please visit, phone or email us with your booking details. We are located in Western Road, Lewes near County Hall. We look forward to hosting your Festive Party

Festive Sit-Down Menu


Roast Celeriac Soup(vg) with Parsnips Crisps & Truffle Oil

Chestnut & Shallot Tatin (v, n) with Mushroom & Madeira Sauce

Chicken Liver Parfait with Tomato Chutney & Toasted Sourdough

Dill Cured Salmon with Honey Mustard & Pickled Cucumber


Roasted Sussex Turkey in Smoked Pancetta Hasselback Potato, Pigs in Blankets, Parsnip Purée, Glazed Chantenay Carrots, Cavolo Nero, Brussels Sprouts & Gravy

Roasted Leg of Sussex Lamb Dauphinoise Potatoes, Glazed Chantenay Carrots & Tarragon Sauce

Pan Fried Plaice Rosti Potato, Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes, Tarragon & Shallot Butter

Roast Sussex Topside of Beef Hasselback Potato, Pigs in Blankets, Parsnip Purée, Glazed Chantenay Carrots, Cavolo Nero, Brussels Sprouts & Gravy

Butternut Squash Spinach, Sister Sarah Goats Cheese Pie,(v,n) Celeriac Mash, Garlicy Cavolo Nero & Rosemary Gravy (Vegan Option made with Veganics Cheese)


Christmas Pudding with Brandy sauce

Sticky Toffee - salted Caramel ice cream

Chocolate Orange Brownie with Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream

Sussex County Cheeseboard (£2 supplement) Served with Red Grapes & Biscuits

Coffee (£2.00 extra)

Three Courses: £28.00 per head

Two Course £26.00



Let us know your budget and we’ll build you a bespoke menu around your requirements


If you would like to pre-order wines with your meal please choose from the selection below and indicate your preferences on your booking form.


CUVEE JEAN PAUL SEC - France £14.00









SEPTIMA MALBEC - Argentina £15.95



BERTON’S BLACK SHIRAZ - Australia £18.95






LUNETTA PROSECCO BRUT – Italy 20cl £5.95


Other drinks are available. Please ask when making your booking

Did you know?

We are passionate about cask ale – the best cask ale pub with the best range in the area Up to 8 ales on at any one time

We are a welcoming, proper pub for everyone in the community

A pub with a great atmosphere whatever time of day or night

The Black Horse is part of the community and supports local suppliers – there will be locally sourced food from Clarks Meat & Poultry, and beer from local microbreweries which include Burning Sky, Dark Star, Gun Brewery, Hastings & Longman Brewery

We look forward to welcoming your Festive Party. Don’t forget we are open all year round for lunch and dinner. We also take bookings for other celebrations and special occasions.


Black Horse Buffet Menu

£10.95 Menu

  • A Selection of Sandwiches (Ham, Tuna & Egg, Cheese & Tomato)
  • Homemade Mini Burgers
  • Homemade Chicken Goujons
  • Paste Salad & Ham
  • Veggie Spring Rolls
  • Chicken Liver Parfait with Tomato Chutney & Croutons
  • Homemade Mini Sausage Rolls
  • Mini Quiches

£11.95 Menu B

  • Canapés salmon - mayo
  • Canapés with blue cheese parfait
  • Canapés with chicken parfait
  • Mini jacket potatoes
  • Sausage roll Potatoes Wedges
  • Prawn cocktail salad
  •  Mini tiramisu
  • Mini Chocolate mousse

Sunday Lunch

Black Horse Sunday Lunch Menu. Served between 12pm & 6pm - please order at the bar.

All roasts are served with roast potatoes, chewy roast parsnips, carrots, swede mash, garlic greens, broccoli, creamed leeks Yorkshire pudding and meaty or vegan gravy (gf without Yorkshire pudding)

(v) vegetarian / (vg) vegan / (gf) gluten free / (n) nuts

If you have any allergy concerns please speak to a member of staff before ordering



  • Leg of Lamb (gf) £14.00
  • SussexTopside of British Beef (gf) £13.00
  • Pork Belly (gf) £12.00
  • Half Lemon Roast Chicken (gf) £11.00
  • Leek, Broccoli & Butternut Squash Pie (v, n) £11.00
  • Vegan Option (vg, n) £10.00
  • Half Lemon Roast Chicken (gf) £11.00 as above without Yorkshire pudding & creamed leeks
  • Kids Roast with ice cream £5.00

Roast Burgers

  • Beef - Succulent pink roast beef, chewy roast parsnip, garlic greens, horseradish & triple cooked chips - £9.00
  • Pork Belly - Moist and crispy pork belly, chewy roast parsnip,garlic greens, apple sauce & triple cooked chips - £9.00
  • Lamb - Tender roast lamb, chewy roast parsnip, garlic greens, mint sauce & triple cooked chips - £10.00
  • All burgers are served on a brioche bun with a gravy dripping pot


  • Trio of Ice Cream (gf) £3.50 - Your choice of vanilla, salted caramel & chocolate chunk
  • 70% Ecuadorian Dark Chocolate Brownie £5.00 - Served with hot chocolate sauce and squirty cream
  • Ice Cream Sundae £5.75 - - vanilla, salted caramel & chocolate ice cream with squirty cream, chocolate brownie pieces & chocolate sauce
  • Sussex County Cheeseboard £8.00 -- Sussex Charmer, Brighton Blue, Sister Sarah, Medita, Served with farmhouse chutney, red grapes & water biscuits

Unique specially chosen Gins.

Speciality Gins

Monkey 47 Gin 47%

An unusual gin from the Black Forest in Germany, Monkey 47 contains a unique ingredient..Cranberries! The 47 comes from the number of botanicals that go into this unique gin, and the fact it's bottled at a healthy 47%. This plethora of ingredients has paid off, and in 2011 Monkey 47 won the World Spirits Award Gold in the Gin category and Gold for best in class for the Gin Worldwide at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. Not bad!

Aviation 42%

A gin crafted with the 'Aviation" in mind. Great with tonic and a dash of orange bitters. Aviation belongs to an entirely new category of dry gins. These gins embody a shift away from the usual overabundance of juniper toward a more forward balance of botanicals. Aviation explores the rich, floral and savory notes of lavender, cardamom, and sarsaparilla to capture the lushness, spice, creativity, and freshness of the Pacific Northwest.

Sipsmith London Dry Gin 41.6%

After years working in the drinks industry, three guys struck out on their own to pursue their passion for beautifully handmade spirits. They call themselves "sip-smiths" to celebrate the craft of distillation and artisanal methods. This gin produced on the first handmade copper-pot still in London in 189 years. The still has the charming name of 'Prudence'.

Boudier Saffron Gin 40%

The extraordinary (all-natural) colour of Boudier's Saffron gin is all from the gin's signature ingredient - the most expensive spice in the world.

Bathtub Gin 43.3%

An extraordinary award-winning gin, produced by the enigmatic Professor Cornelius Ampleforth. Made using the traditional method of Cold Compounding (or in layman's terms – infusing). Very high quality copper pot-still spirit is infused with ingredients including Juniper, Orange Peel, Coriander, Cinnamon, Cloves and Cardamom. This gin is made in ultra-small batches of only 30-60 bottles at a time, and the length of the compounding period is controlled entirely by periodic sampling. The result is an extraordinary gin, lightly tinted by the botanicals, and with a flavour which is both bold, and perfumed all at once. Sure to be a hit with amateur and professional mixologists alike. Packaged using brown paper, string and wax, the presentation puts us in mind of a Victorian apothecary!

Mare Mediterranean Gin 42.7%

Mare is a Mediterranean gin flavoured with four principal botanicals: basil, thyme, rosemary and, most unusual of all, the Arbequina olive. Alongside juniper, cardamom and citrus, these different botanicals create a strangely arresting gin: you'll know when you've had a Mare.

Tanqueray London Dry – 43.1%

Very fresh and smooth on the nose with slight hints of juniper and citrus coming through. A good hit of liquorice is present on the palate, with a slight spice that creates a long tingle.

Bombay Sapphire – 40%

A slight pepper, yet very light and floral mix on the nose, with a hint of harshness on the palate that evolvesinto a bold mix of juniper and citrus. Very smooth on the aftertaste though.

Contact The Black Horse

The Black Horse Lewes

55 Western Road Lewes. BN7 1RS
01273 473653

Opening Times Sunday - Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday 12-21.00
Thursday - Saturday 12-22.00
Call and book your table 01273 473653

Comments or questions are welcome.

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