Harveys launched its latest pub – Rights of Man in Lewes High Street, two weeks before Christmas and the accolades have not stopped since.
The pub is situated next to Lewes Crown Court and has been named in honour of Thomas Paine’s 1791 best selling publication, Rights of Man, on which many of the world’s great constitutions and justice systems are based. The radical philosopher was a resident excise officer and political pamphleteer in Lewes, a generation prior to the foundation of John Harvey’s brewery. Tom Paine has for some tiime been commemorated by Harveys with a special export strength ale available in bottle all year and on draft throughout July. The month of July coincides with the independence anniversaries of both the USA (4th July) and France (14th July) in which Paine played a pivotal part at the end of the 18th century.
Rights of Man has proved so popular and has been packed over the Christmas season. The bar has been converted into a dark panelled city beer house with drinking booths.
Food is not yet available but a new kitchen and a new rear bar and roof terrace are planned for later this year. Natasha Tully (Formerly at the John Harvey Tavern) and her staff are to be congratulated for managing the excessive demand for Harveys beer with festive spirit.
The pub sign is another original artwork of renowned local artist Julian Bell.