In line with the latest Government directives regarding Coronavirus, we are currently unable to trade. We will re-open when it is safe to do so, and when we feel it is financially viable.

Stay safe. Stay strong. Protect your loved ones. We miss you xx



For the time being at least, Pubs up and down the country are having to adapt to an ever changing schedule of rules and restrictions. Please rest assured that the safety of our staff and our guests is our number one priority. We are equally focused on ensuring your visit remains as enjoyable as possible :

(The below guidelines were put into place when we were in Tier 2, and will be updated accordingly when we reopen)

  • There is a sanitiser station at the entrance of the Pub. Please use it when you arrive
  • There are several other sanitiser stations positioned around the building to use during your visit
  • Guests are required to wear a face mask when not seated at their table
  • Guests are required to ‘check in’ on arrival. There is a QR scan on the menus and on posters around the pub. You can currently use our original check-in QR, but are encouraged to download and use the NHS Covid-19 App.
  • Vertical drinking is not allowed. All guests must be seated
  • Similarly, there is no seating at the Bar, and we will not be taking orders at the Bar
  • Orders will be taken at the table, or can be made using the Round ordering App
  • Contactless payment is preferable where possible
  • Following the latest ruling, guests inside must not mix with anyone not from their own household
  • The ‘Rule of Six’, now only applies to the garden
  • All guests are required to order a ‘Substantial Meal’ when drinking alcohol
  • If you have children with you, they must remain at the table
  • Toilets will operate on a one at a time basis. Wash your hands thoroughly after use!
  • Please adhere to current social distancing requirements
  • Drinks may not be ordered beyond 10pm. Please check our trading hours for individual days
  • Be kind! This isn’t easy for us either

Welcome to The Royal Oak, Lewes

Birthplace of The Rooks, and home to Waterloo Bonfire Society, The Royal Oak is a smart, contemporary pub in the heart of the historic and quintessentially English town of Lewes; the picturesque County town of East Sussex.

Rich colours and opulent lighting set the tone in the Main Bar, while ‘Upstairs at The Oak’ you will find a spacious Function Room, complete with its own bar and two large, flat screen TVs; ideal for parties, meetings, presentations and private gatherings. It is perfect for fuss-free Wedding Receptions … all of these once social distancing measures are relaxed, of course!

We also have a lovely outside drinking area, a hidden gem on those sunny days. Great food, great drinks, great music and a warm welcome are integral to our ethos. And the comfort and enjoyment of our guests is paramount. Follow us on Social Media for updates on special offers, Live Music, DJ nights and other events …. again, once we are allowed!

Great Food

Our Kitchen may be small, but we are adept at providing simple, freshly prepared dishes bursting with flavour. Where possible we use  locally sourced ingredients, and we offer an enticing range of small plates, sandwiches and main meals, alongside your favourite Pub Classics. And there are plenty of budget choices to satisfy the current ‘substantial meal’ requirement, including our piping hot pasta bowls.

Lighter bites include the ever popular Cajun Spiced Chicken Goujons and Whole Baked Camembert. If you are looking for something more hearty, we do a mean 28 Day Dry Aged Sussex Short-horn Steak, and a delicious Vegan Curry. And let’s not forget our excellent Sunday Roasts. Just yummmmm!

Set just off the High Street, The Royal Oak is the ideal location for lunch. And as the evenings draw in, we offer the perfect spot for you to settle in with a nice bottle of wine and spoil yourself. After all, you deserve it!

Great Ales, Craft Beers, Wines & Spirits

We love beer! Our five, traditional cask ales always feature at least one local brew, while our keg range includes craft beers and cider. Wines and spirits have been carefully selected and our offer includes a large range of artisan gins, which we serve with a choice of Fever Tree tonics, along with some fantastic whiskeys and rums. We also shake a mean Cocktail! 25% off  Thursday 6-8pm!
We are a great place for a coffee and a catch up with friends too, and use freshly ground beans from local, small batch roasters Pharmacie, along with teas and a range of infusions. There is no requirement to order food with non-alcoholic drinks.