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The Jolly Sportsman

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Chapel Lane | East Chiltington, Lewes BN7 3BA, England
+44 1273 890400
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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We decided to have our Saturday lunch at the Jolly Sportsman after a long walk on the Sussex Downs. The car park was full so we anticipated that the pub would be very busy as it was such a beautiful day. But as soon as we entered we were greeted by a friendly waiter who immediately offered us one of... More 

Thank pippilongstocking645
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We eat regularly here - or as regularly as we can bearing in mind we have to drive across Sussex to get here. It is quite the best restaurant for miles and miles. The cooking is so good. It is simply in a different class. And the prices are so reasonable and the service so quick. The set lunch is... More 

Thank Julian M
Surrey, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We are not regular visitors to the JS as we live some distance away. As we knew we would be in the vicinity, we decided to have dinner here again as it has always been an excellent experience in the past. It was good that our expectations were met, perhaps exceeded. We had a great meal and my wife thought... More 

Thank 641rogerg
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91 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here for lunch on a lovely sunny (though chilly) day. we had drinks in the garden but it was a bit too cold to stay out for long, so came indoors into the garden room. Chef was offering a 2-course meal for £17.90 or 3-courses for a bit more, with a choice of starter, main and dessert. We... More 

1 Thank AnnaCrab
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been going to the 'Jolly' for 35 yrs Under various owners , the restaurant under its current ownership has been quite variable and a bit inconsistent. The last three times have been good and it seems to be back on track , we booked a table in he bar ( best in winter as near the fire and... More 

Thank AnnaSussex
Coventry, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Whether you like the new gastro pub version of the JS or not; my feedback is entirely to do with the attitude of the host (owner?) We arrived at 12.00 on Saturday and were confronted by the above, I asked politely if we could have something to eat (at this point no one else in pub). "Just sandwiches starters, quick... More 

Thank truck6
Meriden, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

I've been using the Sportsman, on and off, for more than 40 years (I remember when the little office inside the front door was the Gents loo). Too many recent disappointing changes. These include an officious/patronising front-of-house manager, loss of both the bar area and my favourite Harvey's beer and increased prices. £9.75 for a glass of Ridgeview fizz -... More 

Thank BuellRider_S1
East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Birthday treat for a friend. Food was exceptional, couldn't fault it. Really good wine list, and some amazing ports on offer. Service really good, not too intrusive but spot on. Could of stayed all day! Will be back soon.

Thank CK_FW_23
Brighton, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Visited this delightful pub today and we all had the beef which was delicious and presented excellently. The Pate started was superb and my parents wines and my beer was the perfect addition. They do add a 10% service charge which isn't to everyone's agreement but the food is worth it. You can bring your own wine but the corkage... More 

1 Thank Cheeky_leon
London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Decent beer and reasonable food do not compensate for an interior which is furnishings which have not been cleaned or refreshed in years. Call it chic if you like, or even shabby chic or rustic: the truth is more prosaic - some of the furnishings are filthy and detract greatly from what this place is capable of.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
British, Pub, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Chapel Lane | East Chiltington, Lewes BN7 3BA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Lewes
  • Phone Number: +44 1273 890400

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?