We arrived mid afternoon to a buzzing welcoming atmosphere, they serve lunches until 4pm on a Sunday. Thankfully there was a free table. Choice on roasts was limited to Chicken and Pork as they'd run out (a big indication food is cooked from scratch here), we opted for the pork and Matilda went for Fish and Chips. There is a clear warning on the menu that you won't be rushed and you'll have to wait for your food as it is cooked from fresh. We did indeed wait a while but were happy to do so, the interiors of the pub are gorgeous to look at and with plenty of newspapers available we were content to just slow down and relax.
Puddings were equally delicious, I had the fruit crumble, Matilda a Vanilla cone and the husband had the Sticky Toffee pudding. Prices are very reasonable too for the standard of the ingredients on your plate, our bill came to less than £60 admittedly there was no alcohol to pay for. Two courses are £19.50 and Matilda's food came to about £7.50. A bargain I would say.
Service was attentive but what I loved was the lack of urgency to get you in and out in a flash so more bums on seats could be shepherded in. This is a place where the owners clearly want to share their love of good food with their customers. Lunches on the weekend should be languished over and not rushed. Each mouthful should be a joy. Too many times we are hurried from course to course as the waiting staff keep glancing at the clock hurriedly refilling our glasses so we can be out within the allocated time slot.
How refreshing that this is not the case at the Pelham Arms. It is a joy to discover such a wonderful pub in Lewes, we will be visiting again soon. I'd even go as far to say it's worth a special trip here if you're not in the area. The Pelham Arms would be at home amongst the most celebrated London eateries. Remember to allow a few hours for this place!
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