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The Sportsman Pub, Hassocks, West Sussex

The Sportsman Pub

4.5
4.5
196 Reviews
£26 to £40
Pub
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2 people

21:30


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pub, Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 10:00–21:30 Sun 10:00–19:00

  • Phone number

    01444 233460

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Burgess Hill

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • The Pods

    £10.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Built during 2020 with a design to incorporate the countryside surroundings with their unique shepherds hut style, the four pods are a welcomed edition to the pub grounds. The pods offer an intimate private dining experience or a place for a boozy brunch. They are also a great place to book as a family or with friends. Pods are for exclusive use for parties over 5. Parties of 4 or under are welcome to book a pod but this may be shared with another party at busy times.

What 196 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • West Sussex

    Child Friendly

  • West Sussex

    Group Bookings

  • West Sussex

    Healthy

  • West Sussex

    Lunch

  • West Sussex

    Outdoor Eating

  • West Sussex

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. RW

    RobertW

    West Sussex

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Roasts were good, salads poor other meals average. Service very slow and some waiters need to brush up customer service skills.
  2. KN

    KatieN

    Brighton

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Lovely food, we went for a roast dinner. However the service was terribly slow, there was no fore warning of a wait for food, whilst sat people turned up and were being turned away “because it was too busy” instead of being told that there was a lengthy wait and letting customers make the decision of if they wanted to wait or not. We waited an over an hour for our food, (2 people) and so did the table opposite. It’s a shame because had they been warning people, then we can’t really complain if you wait up to that period of time. But nobody was being told so every table were getting fed up. Very expensive (£60 for 2 roasts and 2 drinks) And a little cheeky that the gratuity is already added to the bill. Wouldn’t return unless we knew the service had improved drastically.
  3. PP

    PennyP

    Brighton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service Really helped that staff could immediately and confidently answer any questions and so none of that going back and forth to check with the chef/ kitchen Really appreciated that :-) And great that the two requests we asked for to accommodate dietary needs were met with ease Would go again
  4. H

    Happydays

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Waited more than 50minutes for the food, even though we had booked table and pub not busy. Staff did not care
  5. MS

    MaryS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely venue for our family meal of 10. Attentive service.
  6. AG

    AmandaG

    Brighton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a lovely lunch on Sunday, the food was good & the service was amazing, when I mentioned I really liked gravy the waitress got the kitchen to put extra on for me, great attention to detail! Unfortunately the roasties were a little disappointing & the broccoli was undercooked. The meat however was lovely and I really liked the cabbage & Yorkie. We will definitely come back. I would love to teach them how to make outstanding Roasties…
  7. P

    Parkerham

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Lovely food, but there was a wedding party and service was slow.
  8. MS

    MelS

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely meal with the family to celebrate two birthdays
  9. M

    Mill

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was nice however service was shocking. Specifically booked an outside table as per the way on the website however we were seated inside. Asked for a table outside but none available so had to wait. Stated the experience off badly. Then when our starters came one of the parties request had not been added to the order so after raising it was missing they had to put it on to cook and had to wait for it to be cooked meaning his person ate their starter alone after watching everyone else have theres. And then finally we had a child with us who was a bit cold therefore I asked if there was any blankets available, the guy on front of staff was really nice and went to look but I could then hear in the back a woman cackling and mocking me for asking. I would recommend if your staff is going to do that they should turn the volume of their voice down. Overall not a great experience and such a shame as we usually love coming here.
  10. S

    Sussexnan

    West Sussex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Reserved a pod which was lovely. Unfortunately we felt forgotten as we were “out of sight”. Waited 40 minutes for our drinks to arrive ! Food service was also very slow but was amazing when it arrived. Great menu & food quality but let down by the poor service. Don’t mind waiting for freshly cooked food but thought we could have been made welcome with our drinks order more promptly.
  11. JH

    JadeH

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening meal had at The Sportsman. We all hadn't been for years so thought we'd try it out again, food was fantastic, service great and the wooden pods are a fab idea! They had a function on hence the noise being a bit higher, but it wasn't unsociable noise and didn't impact our meal. Really nice experience all round, will definitely be back.
  12. TT

    TTGT

    West Sussex

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    I was in a group one of whom felt very ill soon after eating their food. Upon raising the issue to the servers and management, they received no help or response other than the offer of some water. This was a very poor experience and I would not advise anyone to visit this establishment.
  13. AP

    AmandaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food as always, thanks to Matt and the team
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service and very friendly staff.
  15. DT

    DavidT

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A quick business lunch in one of th epods. A great lunch, thank you.
  16. DP

    DannyP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and excellent food. The pod experience was amazing, well done sportsman pub thanks for a great afternoon
  17. C

    Carl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very good standard. The staff very attentive. Really enjoyed our visit will definitely go again.
  18. E

    Enny

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting /country pub Food we ordered was lovely so was the service We booked a pod and had a lovely time for our anniversary. Only shame menu a bit limited for allergy suffers. Would of liked to see steak on the menu. Regardless we had a lovely time and enjoyed the setting and food (was fresh and tasty)
  19. R

    Rooanross

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, very good service. Nothing else to add really.
  20. GG

    GordanaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had very tasty meal in beautiful wooden hut. Lot's of GF food to choose from. We were able to have private conversation and a dog with us. Service was very good. Highly recommend and will definitely be back soon.
  21. AC

    AndrewC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really helpful staff with good food and drink suggestions Prompt food service and quality grub
  22. l

    leanna

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food always lovely friendly staff Very welcoming
  23. T

    Tiss1

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good local restaurant with lovely friendly staff.
  24. DH

    DonnaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for roast on Father’s Day, it was fabulous food amazing
  25. C

    Clara

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Booked a table for 6.45, and was directed to the garden as that is where we wanted to sit as it was a nice evening. The garden was fairly busy but nothing excessive. Ordered a wine and a non alcoholic beer. The wine arrived but no beer, had to ask where my beer was, to be told he’d forgotten it. He then brought a tray of drinks for another table, but not mine. Eventually I got given a bottle but no glass. I had to go inside the pub to ask for a glass, no apology and was given a warm glass. Went to order food which was a hour wait and was told that they had no chicken Caesar salads. Decided not to bother staying and went to a lovely bistro in Hurstpierpoint where the staff were attentive and the food was quick with a full menu. Very disappointed at The Sportsman and won’t be going again.
  26. NE

    NEILA

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a beautifully cooked and extremely tasty meal. Always ask for recommendations from the staff. Service very flexible, attentive and friendly. A lovely dining experience.
  27. GW

    GinaW

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    great choices if you're gluten free even on a busy Saturday afternoon with a couple of big tables, service was excellent
  28. CB

    CeliaB

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always first class - staff very attentive & polite. Food very good & varied - good lunchtime menu for all ages.
  29. s

    sarahb

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    This is the second time we have booked a pod at The Sportsman., The first time was at 5pm and when we were seated they informed us they had run out of most of the roasts. We waited a very long time for food and had to change our preferences. They had run out of yorkshire puddings and many of the meat choices.. This time our booking was 4pm so I decided to call ahead on the day and pre order at 12pm so the same thing didn't happen. They had still run out of things like cauliflower cheese and I just think if they are going to have people booking later for dinner they should not keep running out or as a courtesy suggest pre-ordering to the people dining in the pods which we have paid for, The food was not as good as it use to be. Potatoes were very hard and chewy yorkshire puddings. I always choose the Sportman over other local pubs but not so sure now.,
  30. JN

    JustinN

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We have irregular lunches and random beers here. Always looked after, quick service and good food.
  31. ER

    EmmaR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always take my parents there, they love it, and it never let's us down!
  32. C

    Charliegirl

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a lovely meal in the sportsman with friends. As it was a nice day sat in the garden with our dog Charlie. The food was great, very good portions and the staff very attentative. Would definitely go back
  33. PO

    PaulineO

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very well organised and efficient outdoor service. Lovely food and friendly servers, even our dogs were welcomed. Great birthday lunch enjoyed by all.
  34. r

    robertk

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    An ordinary pub. Food nothing out of the ordinary. Il'l
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening in shepherd hut ! Quick efficient service - generous portions and lots of booze !
  36. r

    rhyse

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent experience from start to Finnish .Great staff , food and couldn’t fault it . Private Shepard’s huts are excellent addition for weather proof dinning and conversations . Well done all concerned
  37. KR

    KarenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely brunch, friendly staff. Took 2 dogs with us and they were given biscuits and made a fuss off. Coffee was a little weak for a flat white but still nice. We are looking at booking one of the pods for a family meal soon.
  38. PB

    PaulB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, staff and atmosphere.
  39. JW

    JohnW

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly and efficient service from a smiling waitress and food and drinks were served in good time. The menu was quite extensive with my choice of scampi and chips with a rocket and tomato salad of good size and very tasty. My friend had a gammon steak with two fried eggs which looked equally appetising. A lovely pint of Harveys rounded off an excellent lunch.
  40. CW

    ChloeW

    Brighton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We were a group of 8 including 3 children. There was lots of choice for all of us. We decided to mainly go for roasts as it was a Sunday. We did ask a rough time on food as it was a glorious day and they have a large out door seating area with a small play area for the kids. Was given a rough time of at least 30 mins. We enjoyed the sun and garden and kids loved climbing on the tyres and in the tree. Our food ended up taking around an hour to come out, however once it was there my god was it worth the wait. The portion size was huge on the roast and we’d ordered sides as well. Everything was delicious. Only downside was the vegan burger due to not appearing as advertised on the menu but all the other food was absolutely delicious. Reasonably priced considering it is a country pub. Will definitely return and would highly recommend. It’s also recommended to book in advance as currently due to short staff they’re only able to accommodate food to booked tables.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Sportsman Pub offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01444 233460.

The Sportsman Pub is rated 4.5 stars by 196 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

21:30


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Sportsman Pub

Cuckfield Road,Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 9LQ

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Burgess Hill

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 10:00–21:30 Sun 10:00–19:00

  • Cuisines

    Pub, Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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