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The Dorset

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£150 - £5000 for venue hire
Up to 80
6 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
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A 300 year old pub in the historic town of Lewes, just a stones throw away from Brighton, The Dorset has an ideal location and great food for your wedding!
Features & Capacity
Venue Type
Pub / Restaurant
Reception Capacity
# Bedrooms
Sleeps # of People
Bridal Suite
Standard Room
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
Exclusive Use
Grade I/II Listed Building
In-house Wedding Coordinator
Outdoor Reception Space
Ceremony and Reception
Fireworks Permitted
Dancefloor Available
Sound System Available
Food and Drink
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
In-house Catering
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Full Description
  • The Dorset is an historic and ancient pub, built in 1670 on the site of an illegal workhouse, and is about 100 steps from Harvey's famous Bridge Wharf brewery. Parts of the original building still form areas of the pub today. Our sign earned the pub a nickname; The Cats, and shows the coat of arms of the Sackville’s - the Earls of Dorset - who kept 2 snow leopards as household pets and claimed ownership of the area between 1588–1842. For the last 160 years the pub as been the headquarters of the legendary Cliffe Bonfire Society. Now in our fourth century, current landlord & co-owner Paul Bennett and his team, look forward to welcoming you to celebrate your special day. You can host your reception in our function room and garden or hire the whole pub. We even have 6 en suite guest rooms that can be included in any package we put together for you. Our friendly team are ready and waiting to help with any enquiries or questions you might have. Get in touch today and let us know what you have in mind, we’re always happy to meet and discuss your ideas.
  • Experience
    # Of Weddings Hosted
    More than 50
    # Of People In Team
    Public Liability Insurance
Location & Contact Details
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    • Address
    • 22 Malling Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2RD, England
    • Nearest Town
    • LEWES
    • Nearest Motorway & Junction
    • A27
    • Nearest Train Station
    • Lewes
    • Nearest Airport
    • Gatwick
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