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The Sportsman Pub, Hassocks, West Sussex

The Sportsman Pub

4.6
4.6
173 Reviews
£26 to £40
Pub
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2 people

23:30


Booked 1 time 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 173 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • West Sussex

    Brunch

  • West Sussex

    Child Friendly

  • West Sussex

    Lunch

  • West Sussex

    Special Occasions

  • West Sussex

    Sunday Lunch

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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.,
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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 !
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. PB

    PaulB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, staff and atmosphere.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. A

    Angy

    West Sussex

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Sunday roast not as expected, beef very difficult to cut and chewy, veg very al dente and Yorkshire pudding hard and crisp. Not enjoyable to eat, supposed to be 8 hour cooked sirloin which should be very tender and price was high at £19
  19. LP

    LouiseP

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time in a pod with friends & family for brunch. 6 of us and we really enjoyed it. Staff were lovely and very attentive. Brunch was delicious. Thank you x
  20. CC

    ChrisC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Another enjoyable meal, friendly staff and a great menu ensures we will return soon.
  21. SD

    SusanD

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    We should have known how the meal would go when the staff couldn’t even find the menus at the start!! Plates not cleared between courses!! Late food which arrived after the table had finished their mains, food then arrived over cooked!! Tuna steak that had been asked to be medium rare, came as grey as a tin of Tuna. Served with soggy chips that had been sitting in sauce.

    The Sportsman PubResponded on 21 May 2022Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience

  22. KS

    KarenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    What an amazing place,gorgeous food beautiful weather sitting in their garden. Fun for the kids ,had the most enjoyable time Thank you will defo come again

    The Sportsman PubResponded on 21 May 2022Thank you for your lovely feedback! We hope to see you again soon

  23. TP

    TerryP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere a little noisy. Staff very helpful

    The Sportsman PubResponded on 21 May 2022Thank you for your lovely feedback! We hope to see you again soon

  24. JP

    JanetP

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were made to feel very welcomed the food and staff were very good . Wil definitely return , 😀

    The Sportsman PubResponded on 21 May 2022Thank you for your lovely feedback! We hope to see you again soon

  25. m

    moak412

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Good quality food at a reasonable price. Welcoming staff.

    The Sportsman PubResponded on 21 May 2022Thank you for your lovely feedback! We hope to see you again soon

  26. S

    Simon

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There was an excellent staff member by the name of Natasha who enlightened our experience and made the sportsman pub and absolute delight and will be returning

    The Sportsman PubResponded on 21 May 2022Thank you for your lovely feedback! We hope to see you again soon

  27. CP

    CherylP

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had dinner in one of the pods. Lovely experience and my friends really enjoyed it. Food was lovely and we had an attentive waitress.
  28. MB

    MarieB

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly and can accommodating with adjusting menu to suit our needs x
  29. T

    Tuaca

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Love this venue. Consistently good food and friendly staff as well as choices to eat inside, in the garden or hire a pod
  30. V

    Vonny

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The staff were all very welcoming and attentive without being intrusive. A good choice of dishes. Good size portions.
  31. KP

    KarenP

    West Sussex

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food & all round great lunch. Staff friendly & professional. No others compare. Thank you

    The Sportsman PubResponded on 21 May 2022Thank you for your lovely feedback! We hope to see you again soon

  32. SN

    SueN

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Sunny day so we chose to eat in the garden. Nice to be able to order from counter in garden area. Service was good.
  33. GM

    GrahamM

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    8 of us in a pod worked really well, pressed the button and staff arrived promptly. Food was very good, staff were friendly and joined in the banter. Would recommend.
  34. LI

    LinaI

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Highly recommend, the food was delicious and lovely country side setting . Our boys were really happy with their kids meals too , decent sizes and very tasty they said
  35. JM

    JoeM

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was lovely but service could have been better. Had 2 courses and was there for 2 hours. Wouldn’t say it was busy.

    The Sportsman PubResponded on 2 May 2022We served 190 people yesterday so we would disagree, it was busy! But thanks for the feedback

  36. j

    jeffs

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always, Good food good value and excellent service. Highly recommended.

    The Sportsman PubResponded on 2 May 2022Glad you enjoyed your experience, thank you

  37. JA

    JANER

    West Sussex

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Was looking forward to a 65th birthday celebration at the sportsman pub for 7 people but they cancelled our booking a few hours before and as it was such short notice we couldn't find anywhere else so was extremely disappointed.

    The Sportsman PubResponded on 2 May 2022We didn’t cancel it a few hours before we gave all our booking 24 - 48 hours notice! What would you rather, us have open with COVID and then all our customers getting COVID? It’s not as if we like shutting our business down! Sorry you were disappointed but a bit more context would show people reading these reviews WHY we had to cancel

  38. CJ

    ClareJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I love this pub, but if you go on a sunny day expect a wait for food and drinks even if you book. Sheer number of people make it tricky for the staff to keep on top of it and we waited an hour for food, even though we had booked and they weren’t taking orders from walk ins. Lovely staff and amazing food as ever, we were happy to wait but some people weren’t but the staff were working really hard and it wasn’t their fault at all.
  39. s

    sheilad

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Overall we had a lovely family lunch in one of the Pods. Ideal with a small child. However, as it was a sunny bank holiday we had a very long wait for drinks and food and at times didnt know how long the wait would be. Earlier communication and prioritisation of booked tables would have helped. Food tasty when it arrived. Limited vegan and vegetarian options.
  40. KC

    KCoop

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were restricted on time and we’re able to pre-order our food. This was extremely helpful as I know the pub can get busy and sometimes the waiting times for food can be over 45mins. The food was spot on. The roasts were huge and delicious! Staff were very friendly and attentive.

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 4.6 stars by 173 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

23:30


Booked 1 time 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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