Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Lewes

4.3
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99 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Our Lewes restaurant, opened in 2001, is where the Bill’s story began and it continues to be an extremely popular destination for locals and visitors from far and wide, sitting in the heart of this pretty town. Open all day and into the night.
What 99 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.4
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4.5
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AndreaB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and service as always - nice to see it is bustling and observing social distancing

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Sidley
Kent
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly staff
We felt very welcome and my traditional breakfast was presented well and tasted as good as it looked.

JH
JulieH
West Sussex
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff & good professional service. Food arrived in good time and was well cooked. Good all round experience.

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SandraS
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The restaurant setting in Lewes is wonderful with the table outside and a wonderful atmosphere. We were seen straight away and managed to get a great table. The service was good. We then ordered coffees and breakfast, our coffees didn't arrive either before or with the breakfast but halfway through after the waitress came twice to say they are just coming. She also forgot the mustard. The interior design and atmosphere are wonderful. The toilets were clean. There was hand sanitiser everywhere accessible, which we appreciated.

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CaroleW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Thé best part of our dining experience (myself and three young children) was the staff. They were all so pleasant and welcoming with special thanks to our waiters who could not do enough.

What let it down for me was my meal. It was a very hot day and I was desperately looking through the menu for a really good salad. In the end I chose chicken skewers, there was no other real choice, and the chicken was so bland and it’s texture quite tough. A real shame. I do wonder where their chicken comes from. The accompanying grains were nothing special. A really uninspiring dish.

The two older children loved their burgers and their desserts. The youngest, aged 4 was very keen to have a dessert without sugar or salt asked if she could have just fruit. This was easily dealt with by our waiter and she loved it.

I think the menu is very limiting for those wanting to eat a really good fresh plate of food. But for children it is excellent.

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Rooty
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

My chicken burger was overcooked and the waitress disorganised, but it was nice to sit outside in shade on a hot day. The bill was over £50 for a main course and one non alcoholic drink plus coffee for two people.

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RLJM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going to Bills, it is such a unique atmosphere.

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DeniseP
Brighton
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

See Bream on set menu was wonderful. Bills Flowerpot was a work of art and scrumptious. The ambience/decor and well positioned tables made for a lovely 5 hr lunch! Friendliness, service and efficiency of all staff was excellent.

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SASSY
Brighton
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Well organised and prompt seating, I had booked. Not much ambiance as our table was right outside Argos. The food was good and arrived promptly but the veg of the day was already sold out by 12.30. Unfortunately my friends pudding never arrived despite asking 3 times. In the end we had to leave as our car parking had expired. Generally good but not special.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Disappointing experience overall. They had run out of sea bass, due to unexpected high demand, which was on the higher priced set menu, so I went to lower priced menu as the other dishes didn’t appeal. My friend and I were disappointed about that. My friend complained to the manager about lack of choice from dearer set menu and was met with aggressive/rude attitude. My main course on lower price set menu was very average (Beetroot Wellington) and pastry very dry and probably not freshly cooked (I’m assuming) - also portion size was small. The dessert (fruit crumble) rescued it - that was very good but overall uncomfortable experience as the place was too busy at 5.30pm and 6pm (no one’s fault) and that detracted from usual relaxed ambience.

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ALLANM
Brighton
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a sunny day and place was busy (second day of eat out to help out). Didn't wait long to be seen asked for a table in the sunshine, which we were given.

Service was excellent especially considering the place was busy. Waitress was friendly and helpful, as were all the people we came in contact with.

Food was good, especially the banoffee doughnuts!

Overall a very enjoyable experience

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EvaG
Brighton
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely delicious food, friendly service and reasonable prices. Had a lovely lunch there with family!

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mialeeb
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Food great 10:10
COVID protection really poor, cutlery and condiments on tables
Reusing paper menus
No space between tables
Three waitresses standing inches from table singing happy birthday
Very disappointing

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SaraF
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was great for brunch with friends and their social distancing was generally sound

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RebeccaA
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They have had a refit and it is really good. Trendy fresh and clean. The service was amazing, friendly staff who were happy and fun. Fantastic!

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tessas
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meals we've ever had at Bills. They must have a new chef since our last visit, as the food was really creative and tasty this time. Excellent service from all the staff. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal!

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SamF
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic fixed menu delicious food and COVID-19 Process 100%
Temperature taken , sanitizer on every table, screens in place and social distancing adhered to .
Well done Bills 👍

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Niff
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience, attentive fun staff and great choice of food. What's not to like?!

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DarrylP
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Appalling service!!
Drinks took an absolute age - had to chase them twice
Staff all just seemed to disappear

Tying to get a staff members attention to get the bill was bordering on ridiculous- and then to be asked “can you pay now” when they eventually brought it over - they had the barefaced cheek to add on a 12.5% service charge Personally I think they should have deducted 50% for the shambles - we are highly unlikely to return.

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JuliaY
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly welcoming staff. Excellent food and prompt service. Good atmosphere lovely new decor. Pity they don't allow dogs inside.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good lunch experience, able to sit outside. Food excellent as usual and very good service even though restaurant was very busy.

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Robotic
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This is a nice place for breakfast/brunch. The service was a bit slow to begin with but one the order was placed everything was fine.

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TracyR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love this Bills in Lewes! As soon as we walked in we had our temperature taken fabulous! Myself & mum has eggs benedict amazing and a latte! Service and staff was great!
Will be back very soon
Social distancing was cared for

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Barcombe
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I was hesitant about eating inside but the reduced number of tables, excellent decor completely changed my mind.

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Happy
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the original ‘Bill’s’ and has always been a great place to meet and eat. It’s had a great face life and has managed to achieve an eclectic look that I’ve not seen anywhere else. A great fun place with amazing staff.

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DavidT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice spacious restaurant with a bistro feel. Good food at a reasonable price.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly welcoming staff, excellence food and service

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JackG
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our time at bills all staff we extremely friendly and helpful, thank you for such a lovely evening

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Parks
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

First meal after lockdown, and frankly it was expensive and whilst the staff were lovely, we were overlooked far too often. Our starter arrived before our drinks, the water was chasedI and arrived nearly after the main course.

Generally it seemed that there weren’t enough waiters as it was impossible to grab the staff’s attention.

Food was fine.

Loved the new decor at Bill’s in Lewes..but didn’t love everything else!

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NZShearer
London
13 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

we didn't used to go to bills much in the past because it was too busy and the service was always poor. recently upon reopening post lockdown, the service was fantastic to go with the excellent breakfasts. however last time it was back to poor service. to be specific, I had to always be asking the waitress, or getting her attention, whereas previously they had been attentive. she waked past me about 6 times and did nothing, before I had to stop and her for another coffee. it doesn't take much to get this right, so manager please take note. on the plus side the bills brunch was first class. great quality and piping hot.

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MikeD
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff went out of their way to accommodate 6 of us with a baby and a child of 5

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SashaF
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had a lovely meal! Our waitress was lovely and very helpful! X

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BethH
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, lovely staff. Always a pleasure to have dinner here

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AlisonM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Food was good, a side salad with the burgers would have been better. Service great. Just disappointed that a 12.5% service charge was added - For only 3 people - and I felt awkward questioning it. Tips should always be discretionary.

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JuliaW
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal to celebrate the end of lockdown. Excellent meal, company & service. We loved every minute of it. We will be back soon.

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Caroline
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

These guys need to sort their coffee out!!
It’s always been bad
DO NOT DRINK THEIR COFFEE!!!!!😡😡😡

CM
CallumM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended, food was amazing and very freindly staff

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Handrmc
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to be back at Bill's after lockdown. The enforced updated interior is brilliant - well done to whoever planned it. Food and service as good as always.

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MattB
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good food. Friendly service. Have been before and will be going again.

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Harrie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We were served by Jo (with the gems) who was incredible. She was attentive and very kind. She gave my daughters some gems, like the ones she was wearing, and really made our evening with her humour and attention.

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Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Lewes is rated 4.3 stars by 99 OpenTable diners.

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