Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Lewes

4.2
935 reviews
£25 and under
Breakfast
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

  • Bill’s Christmas Set Menu

    £29.95 per person

    Nov 16 - Dec 30, 2021

    Christmas group dining at Bill’s This menu must be booked a minimum of 7 days in advance If you book within 7 days of your booking we will try to accommodate, subject to availability, A La Carte menu may be offered. Enjoy three festive dishes with a welcome drink included. Choose from dishes such as a starter of smoked salmon mousse, avocado and crayfish salad, our mouth-watering festive feast burger, and for dessert our famous panettone bread and butter pudding with cinnamon-spiced vanilla custard. Please opt into email marketing for information on this, future group bookings & offers. We will contact you in regards to this booking to pre order your food. Please keep an eye out for emails from Bills Restaurants in order to pre order.
What 935 People Are Saying
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DerekS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good service and good food. Bit disappointed as I had emailed on two occasions advising it was my twin daughters 18th and asked if a few balloons would be possible. No reply and no recognition of special occasions.

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GGH73
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was lovely very tasty.
Staff were all nice.

The restaurant was a bit cold.
Be nice if it was a bit warmer.

I always think for a chain restaurant the toilets should be nicer.
Although they are checked regularly I think more upmarket and larger facilities would be better

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RichardP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love eating here. The restaurant always feels busy but the staff always have time for you and the menu has great variety with food intolerances and vegan well catered for. The food is interesting, fresh and delicious. I promise you will be surprised and happy when the bill arrives. I recommend bills restaurant to anyone.

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Lizb
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and surrounding :-) Will definitely come back again soon.

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PatriciaP
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere and a good welcome from friendly staff. The main downside is the noise level which is more about the space and furnishings as the clientele. Suits me very well as I live close by!

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KimP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food and service were fantastic especially as our son has dietary requirements. The only downside was that the coffee was so bitter it was undrinkable. Overall very good though

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SusanR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely experience. Staff excellwnt. When staff are great there is very little else that can be faulted.

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CarolT
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very busy service and one meal had part missing but was replaced when we caught a server attention. Amount of food seemed less than Bills usual servings though

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience, good food and friendly staff

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RosP
Brighton
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love eating at Bill's for supper. Great atmosphere, delicious food and such sunny welcoming staff. Thank you.

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AnnH
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I found the traditional breakfast somewhat disappointing. I asked for the fried eggs to have the whites cooked but the yolk runny. When they arrive this was not the case. Also the whole meal was sprinkled with chopped chives. In my opinion they have no place on a cooked breakfast! Even the toast was smothered in them. Also the bacon was so crispy I couldn’t eat it with my knife and fork! I would have commented on these issues but we had an appointment later and did not want to be late.
The sausage was lovely but all in all a disappointing meal.

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ClaireS
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We both had the Boxing Day curry which was delicious. Desserts were lovely too and our waitress as friendly without being intrusive. Always a great ambience - overall a great experience.

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Martin
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable breakfast in attractive surroundings. Toilet area needs refurbishment

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KateH
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good had a lovely time staff were attentive it was efficient

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TiaD
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good customer service, beautiful food I would highly recommend

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SueH
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We came to Bill's on a very busy day but we were seated immediately and the service was second to none.

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ChristineS
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four ladies that lunch for a friends birthday it was wonderful.
We love the new table set out , and social distancing we felt very confident
the staff had out best interests at heart.
My friend loved the Xmas tree for her birthday dessert beautifully presented.
It was so lovely to be back out socialising and enjoying delicious food.
Thank You

MC
MarkC
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very busy (Sunday lunchtime) but service was very prompt nonetheless. Lovely ambience and great food.

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Litsie50
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

My latte was lukewarm, my toast was barely toasted and my breakfast was cold. My fried eggs were barely cooked and covered in slimy uncooked whites. After having asked for another, hot coffee and getting my toast replaced I had no appetite and really could not be bothered to complain yet again and wait another 20 minutes for another breakfast. Your food is not cheap and this is just not acceptable. We will not return.

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Gayle
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Would definitely recommend . Excellent service

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SarahL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food served promptly and perfectly

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Daisy
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service from an extremely helpful and polite waiter. Very good food, gets a bit noisy at times, but there is always the outside alternative, so no complaints. Very reliable, excellent quality and ambiance.

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Nancyt
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well trained attentive staff great tasting food good choice of food

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SandieE
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great atmosphere.
Good food and drinks.
I chose from the Gluten Free menu and there was certainly plenty to choose from.

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ginam
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, efficient and happy service, lovely atmosphere. Thank you

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Soodles
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a most enjoyable lunch yesterday. We found the restaurant had such a great convivial atmosphere with such good service. We will definitely be returning there for another very tasty meal

…. Well Done Bills !!

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NikiA
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Everyone knows Bill's in Lewes - for a good reason. It's a buzzy place with a wide choice of good food. Noisy! Not good for gentle tete a tetes.

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Bobbins
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Busy and lively place with a good friendly atmosphere

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AnneD
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Bills does a great breakfast with perfectly fried eggs, the yolk runny and the white firm. The smoothies are great and not made with dairy which is a great plus point for those with allergies. Everything was piping hot and served with a smile. The only issue I have is with the noise levels which meant conversation was a challenge

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Kitty
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Bills is always busy esp on a weekend I like the ambience but wish there was more food choice for mains.
Wasn't served by the same waiter / waitress so got a bit confusing they were all so busy would rather have the same one. .
Good for a quick bite to eat but recommend to book ahead as we did .

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SueB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very bubbly. Great staff who were attentive but not too in ones face. Food was delicious. Great venue together up with friends.

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lisam
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great at Bill’s 😊, a nice way to spend a Sunday morning.

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LisaN
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An all round positive experience. Hope to return on our next visit to Lewes.

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PhilipS
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

This is pretty average fair, with little to distinguish it from any other diner. Not a great fan of the way they prepare the Hollandaise here which gives it a rather blue-cheesy undertone which is unexpected and horrid. pretty noisy. Quite expensive but the staff are lovely.

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JohnM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Attentive and efficient staff.
Chairs are much more comfortable than 12 months ago

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MaryB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Not enough avocado or sauce in the burger, but great service and the dessert was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Sadly the food was quite cold. Very disappointed

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JenniferH
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A very nice lunch, but maybe too many things on the menu contain avocado - which of course we should be cutting back on now. Thomasina Myers, of Wahaca, is offering her customers a plant based alternative now.

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Victoria
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Possibly the best scones I have ever had.
Proper sized pot of tea per person.....
Only down side, it was described as 'Scone with fresh strawberries' , but was only one strawberry cut in half.

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Dave
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service was slow and we had to repeatedly ask for some things. We appreciate it was busy but the service just seemed slapdash.
Bills have a very small number of vegan options and was out of one, so also not ideal for a party of mostly vegans.
It was off to a bad start when we were told off by the manager for not letting them know we'd have a sleeping baby in a buggy. Hardly an issue and we usually get dirty looks if you book an extra cover for a child who won't be eating. There is plenty of space around many tables and we would have happily waited a bit if he politely suggested we wait for a suitable table if there were none, but there were several with enough space for a buggy tucked in next to the table.
We definitely won't be going back - far better options in Lewes.

FAQs

Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Lewes is rated 4.2 stars by 935 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.