Sunday, 11 August 2013

{One Day in Lewes}

Navigate your way through the rolling chalk hills of Sussex & come take a tour of the hidden town of Lewes with me. All the charm of East London without the hustle & bustle, the town attracts plenty of artists & other dreamers. Lewes hides its most precious jewels down tiny alleyways & around crooked walls, so it's best that I show you the way...

Lewes is a quiet little haven for lovers of all things antique. Take a stroll along the main street & your eye will quickly catch on some glistening treasure outside a vintage shop. Allow your curiosity to be piqued and step inside any one of the antique emporiums. Wile a way a long morning rummaging through 1920s flapper dresses, china tea sets & first edition books. 

Once you've worked up an appetite pottering around the vintage shops, be sure to stop by Bill's for some lunch. Organic greengrocer turned wholesome restaurant, Bill's was once Lewes' best kept secret. Luckily for everyone else, the locals are happy to share and it's become a nation-wide favourite. I heartily recommend the pearl barley risotto with fresh mozzarella, washed down with a glass of pink lemonade. Grab a seat by the huge open windows and indulge in a little people (and dog!) watching. 

Your last port of call is the Buttercup Cafe, tucked away down a little side street at one end of the town. A secret hideaway of mismatched delights & quintessentially British decor. Order a pot of tea & freshly made scones with cream & jam, and sit outside among the antique wares and potted plants.

At the end of your day in Lewes, you'll jump back in the car with your friends & put on a tune you can all sing along to as you pass by poppy fields & hay-bails. Back at home, you'll place your lucky vintage find up on a shelf to be admired by friends & family, and every time you glance at it you'll remember one day in Lewes...

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