Riverside is a historic building on Cliffe Bridge, Lewes, housing a number of independent shops – predominately with a focus on the Food Hall along with the popular Riverside Café and The Brasserie.

From at least the 1670s the site consisted of a wharf and a mansion owned by fish merchants. The Quaker, Ambrose Galloway, and his son operated on the site in the 1680s and, by the 1770s, Sir Henry Blackman and his son lived in the mansion and ran their wine business from there. It is believed that the present building was built in 1860, the first occupant being Albion Russell who established the first boot and shoe factory in Lewes. Martin’s Garage occupied the building for 40 years and during that time saw the advent and development of the motor vehicle. An innovative company, they were the first in Lewes to install a hydraulic lift so vehicles could be lifted to the first floor – it was there that bodies were first fitted to Model T Ford cars. Martin’s were still in residence until 1940, but little is known of the building’s use from that time until 1951 when it was taken over by the local firm of Beck’s hire cars.

In 1993 the freehold was purchased by Riverside (Lewes) Co. and after a painstaking restoration the building was opened as the current Food Hall, Brasserie and Shops. During the Summer of 2017 the building has undergone a large exterior refurbishment to give it a fresh look and to withstand many years to come.

Contact Us

Riverside is on Cliffe High Street, next to the bridge over the river. There is a large car park beside the building.

Address: Riverside, Cliffe Bridge, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2RE

Centre Manager:
Rachel Clifford
rachelclifford71@gmail.com
Tel: 07866 320123

Please Note: Each shop is individually owned. If you wish to contact any of them, you’ll find their phone numbers on the Shops page. We are unable to put calls through from the number above.