About Us

MAKE OF IT WHAT YOU WILL

My Dad spent his life growing stuff, and the Bill’s story started many years ago when he showed me a small space, not much bigger than a shed, just off the high street in Lewes, in East Sussex. Make of it what you will, he said. I‘d grown up planting, pruning and picking fresh fruit and vegetables, so I opened a tiny greengrocery shop.

WE STARTED AGAIN, THIS TIME WITH A CAFÉ

A few years later I moved the shop on to the high street and everything was going well until the town was hit by a flood in 2000. My shop was ruined (so was my house, further down the street, but that’s another story). So, we had to start again, only this time we added a café.

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WE BECAME A BIT OF A SENSATION

Often with more luck than judgement, we set out to create something amazing, with great food, a real buzz, and plenty to look at - a place for everyone. We had a lot of support - from our customers and suppliers, and from the lovely people who came to work with us and, to our surprise, we became a bit of a sensation.

FROM BREAKFAST TO BEDTIME, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN

Since then we’ve grown. But those values we had back then - to serve really good food, to make sure every customer has a good time, and go that bit further to make sure Bill’s is always somewhere people want to come back to - are still the same. Bill Collison, Founder of Bill’s