Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Lewes

4.2
1024 reviews
£25 and under
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.

Experiences

  • Get the gang back together

    Jan 17 - Feb 4, 2022

    Having missed out on time with friends and family in December, it's time to get the gang back together at Bill's with our special set menu offer. Indulge in this limited edition set menu and enjoy either 2 courses for £13.95, or 3 courses for £16.95 and get a Gin-uary Fizz cocktail on us! From Crispy Calamari to our delicious Beetroot Risotto, you'll find something for everyone to love. Including incredible vegetarian and vegan options, delicious desserts and of course a cocktail on us.
What 1024 People Are Saying
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GemmaE
Bath
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and attentive staff
Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very pleasant and suited the occasion and guests from toddler to pensioner. Music was a bit too loud: we had to shout. Food average. Great service.

DB
DanielaB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience1

we were situatioate outside next to the entrance door., truely unrestful.
inside we fled as it was too noisy. , one could only hear a thumping bass if that and the very noisey cafe noises plus shouting conversations.
the toilets were very dirty, sliding looseats, dirt on the floor plyus indstinguishable fluids. not lockable either.
the food was ok , but the vegetables almost cold. service friendly . but irratic.

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Suzanne
Liverpool
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was phenomenal.
My friend's drinks order took ages to arrive, when it did the server spilt a coke over me.
We saw another server drop an entire plate of food on the floor.
I was not happy to see that an 'optional' service charge had been automatically added to the bill, yes I know we can ask to have it removed, which I did on principal, but this is a brazen cheek to add it in the first place.

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RobertK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Seated quickly due to reservation. Food was good quality but one meal lacked onions and goats cheeses which made up the dish, although plenty of avacado. Short staffed so found ourselves waiting for menus, and dessert. Asked for tap water which did not arrive. Small issues as we did enjoy the meal and the ambiance.

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SarahL
London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. My favourite restaurant.

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SusanB
Brighton
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for lovely Saturday lunch. especially the excellent service and care.

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Biker
Brighton
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good experience. Bit busy and a little noisy but didn't spoil things really. Food was good ..... needed a bit more syrup for the 5 stack of pancakes and, if I am being fussy maybe a little more bacon as not enough for all the pancakes.

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Eater
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Bills is a great place to go - best to book - but: i) many may (like me) object strongly to dogs inside (keep them out); and ii) the slippery addition of the 12.5% optional discretionary service tip into the bill is outrageous and an embarrassment to staff to whom this is pointed out..

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Kitt
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service always a treat coming here well done

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always lovely meal. Fresh and locally sourced. I never had a bad experience there. Highly recommended.

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CraigS
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Had a reservation for 6 and we shown to our table swiftly and kindly we waited for about 15 mins to order and they took both our food and drink orders at the same time. The cocktail was nice and came quickly, but the food when it arrived did not follow suite. The minute steak was tough and chewy and well done when I had asked for pink. It was completely well done all through, the taste was nice but it was so tough and chewy that I didn’t eat most of it. The two fried eggs were completely solid and rubbery so these were left too. I enjoyed the truffle cheesey chips, but disappointing overall. My boyfriend’s burger was nice and filling, but it wasn’t any more than good unfortunately. The servers were kind and apologetic, and removed the main from the menu, but all in all we probably would return which is a shame as it looked so promising.

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CRob
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thought everything was laid out well and felt like they had designed things nicely with social distancing in mind - felt like there were more private areas.

CJ
ChristinaJ
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Loved the ambience , music choice, vegan starters and the friendly and attentive service …
Just would have loved another vegan option on the ‘mains’..
Thanks !

HB
HenryB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff were very attentive and helpful in all respects, the food was lovely and tasted very nice. The portion sizes were however on the smaller side considering the price of the food.

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Kora
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Love getting together with friend here for breakfast and a catch up.

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SadieS
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely team and beautiful food as always from the Bills team. Little loud with the music but great nonetheless

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LesleyB
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience2

Staff were lovely, the food was OK but the music was a little loud.

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SaraP
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the sharing plate (veggie) and a mocha whilst sat at a cosy table for two. Great atmosphere as always - lovely staff. Seating and spacing of tables hugely improved. Highly recommend and return frequently.

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Steve633
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took advantage of the January set menu, which is great value. My terrine starter was accompanied by a delicious carrot chutney, and my wife’s main course - the butternut squash dahl - was delicious. Sadly, we couldn’t manage a dessert, even though the apple and mincemeat crumble was very tempting. Service and ambiance (there really is something special about the “original” Bills restaurant in Lewes) were excellent as always.

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GeorgieS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2022
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Disappointing, Hot food on cold plate.
Both started and main sprinkled with limp green...could have been what?
Frozen chips.
I remember when Bill's was abundant with good flavoursome fresh food.
Probably won't go there again

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MarcusS
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Midweek visit in January during a pandemic, but very enjoyable. Menu is very varied and food was good despite my preferred option not being available (wish this was communicated to us before we decided though).

Service was very good (eg, cutlery being swapped out with spoons before soup arrived etc, a basic detail often missed) although wish they checked/topped up water or left a jug for us to use.

Restaurant was quiet (mix of January and covid I expect) but still enough tables occupied to give the restaurant a nice atmosphere. Maybe could have done with leaving empty tables between each party as there was enough room.

Great atmosphere too and nice decor throughout. Will definitely return.

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BarbaraA
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a very pleasant lunch at Bill's in Lewes yesterday. The staff were very helpful and the food good, plenty of choice.

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ElizabethE
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good choice of menu options, excellent service at reasonable.prices.

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SaraP
London
9 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fun, buzzy Bill's. Love it! Enjoyed the macaroni cheese and a boxing day curry. Both delicious. My only complaint is the music but the kind waitress turned it down. There is such a great atmosphere in Bill's in Lewes you do not need loud thudding music.

SM
SarahM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from really friendly staff, definitely recommend

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Sallyt
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Service was AMAZING! Lovely waitress! Very loud!!!!

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the very few good places to eat in Lewes. Not forgetting, also the most dog friendly!

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Pollyanna
West Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a pleasure to dine here. A tad quiet new years eve but plenty of atmosphere to make up for it

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DebsLennard
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely evening ta Bills in Lewes. Couldn’t fault the food or service.

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JulieW
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fabulous vegan meal, great service. Dog very welcome.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attentive service

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gregH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really Lovely Atmosphere with a fantastic breakfast all really nicely presented.

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DawnA
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having a happy celebration between Xmas and NYE is rarely easy, as we've discovered over the years – often a tired atmosphere and the '2nd chef' in the kitchen. But not so here! The decor was beautiful, the welcome warm, and the food faultless. We didn't want to go home! Thank you guys for keeping up your spirits and standards no matter what.

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Sw038304829
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

We are regulars at Bill’s but unfortunately had a terrible experience here yesterday (28th December). Staff were borderline rude - we felt like a massive inconvenience. We were given our menus then had to wait half an hour to be able to get a waitresses attention (they spent a lot of time standing around talking). Same thing with the dessert menu. If it had been busy then that would have been understandable, but we were one of just 5 tables!! It felt like all staff had just taken a pay cut or something. They were literally dragging themselves around the restaurant and their attitude towards customers was disgusting. We were in there 2 hours because everything took so long. I have no idea what was going on with the staff this particular day but It’s put us off going back here for sure. The only saving grace was the food being as incredible as ever, clearly the chef’s weren’t slacking. We asked to remove our discretionary service charge after such bad service and the waitress looked like she wanted to punch us in the face and then went and had another chat with the other waitresses, probably about what terrible customers we were. We would return if we saw that there were different staff working.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve with family lovely food with a great atmosphere

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MartinS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Top notch food and atmosphere. Would recommend to any and everybody!!

LJ
LorraineJ
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointed, place was half empty, plenty of staff hanging around chatting but it took us three asks to get a glass of water.
Food was very average, very overcooked.

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Kezza
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food was exceptional. My expectations were definitely met.

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Masky
London
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

As the brand becomes more popular the quality of the food seems to disappoint and the prices get higher.

Traditional breakfast was plain and eggs over cooked… with 3 half slices of toast to try and make it look a big breakfast..

Waiting staff continue to be great…

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Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Lewes is rated 4.2 stars by 1024 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.