The Sportsman Pub

4.6
58 reviews
£26 to £40
Pub
Welcome to the Sportsman. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Experiences

  • The Pods

    £10.00 per personPrepaid

    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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 58 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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CarolineB
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The pods are such a good idea for family dining with children. The food is excellent quality.

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JohnF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent roast dinner and cooked breakfast; we were able to have both! Breakfast brunch up until midday and lunch menu immediately after noon. Very flexible!

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SusanB
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Home cooked food, tasty and well presented. The soup hot and the staff knew what they were doing, Good price as everything is going up. Will go again and pass the word around.

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Steve
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their roasts are always good but we wanted to try the Pod - very cosy and recommended

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joannab
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were a party of 5 and the waitresses were very friendly and professional and looked after us very well. excellent service. Spicy squid was very tasty starter. For the mains my salmon parcel a bit bland but those who had the burger and calves liver dishes were very happy and cleaned thierplates. Generous portions too.

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LynnS
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food ,could do with a slightly larger choice. Pleasant atmosphere.

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GillF
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food great service highly recommend friendly polite staff. The food was home cooked excellent

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CityGirl
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely food and very helpful, friendly staff. Service a little slow but it was very busy and it allowed us time to relax. Very clean. Good family atmosphere, great for children with good play area. Highly recommend the pods for larger groups, especially with young children. Enough room for them to play and no concerns about disturbing other diners

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HelenG
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose The Sportsman for a family reunion - it was the perfect venue. The food was delicious, served promptly and the portions were more than generous. The service was cheerful, attentive and, frankly, faultless.

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GLB3073
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend The Sportsman.
Food and staff never let you done
Excellent all round

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AmyM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Sunday roast was AMAZING!! Such lovey service - although very slow at the end and had to chase our bill which was a shame. Overall really nice lunch and would recommend!

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ElaineB
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We hired a pod for Sunday lunch. Initially service was slow as we had pressed button but no one came and we had to go in and ask. After that point it was very good. I asked for extra veg that never turned up but we weren’t t charged and actually didn’t need it so I didn’t bother saying anything. I’m sure if I had highlighted they would have bought out. The roast is the best I have ever had dining out. I have told so many people to check it out. The food is very reasonable in price but drinks are very expensive with beer over £5.
I would recommend a pod 100% but not if you would have to share I can imagine that being a little invasive of privacy and would seem very cosy with another party next to you.

All in all a great lunch, I will 100% return as soon as I can!!

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Neil
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. Very high quality from starter to finish. Unusually quiet but it was a Thursday evening. Good service. We keep coming back so that says something.

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DebJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were booked into our own outdoor pod as we were bringing our 3 dogs along. The pods were intimate and so welcoming. The best thing about the lunch (apart from the lovely friendly staff) was the food. We had a salmon on a seafood risotto, which tasted absolutely divine - I am dying to go back to sample this menu again.

Cannot complain about absolutely anything.

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SuziA
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious home cooked roast dinner. Huge portion, lovely gravy, wonderful service, great value. Definitely will be going back for more. And such lovely ambiance and decor with the log fire.

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Sazzle
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely experience with great food in a private shepherd’s hut. Friendly and efficient service.

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StevenR
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Really nice pub with really nice food. Menu is simple with a good choice. Staff were very friendly. As a Family of five, prices were Reasonable, however paying extra for the peas on a fish and chips, or the cheese in a burger seems a bit much. Service was good, a little slow but we were given a long time for the table so it made for a very pleasant, unhurried lunch. A real undiscovered gem, 10 minutes outside Brighton. We will definitely be returning

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PaulaL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived early but table ready .. chef starts at 6pm so a little wait but ordered drinks and food straight away , friendly staff ,overall a lovely evening

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SimonP
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely greeting on arrival, great surroundings, good food with some rarely seen specials. All staff efficient and effortlessly friendly.

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EmuTurnips
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing Sunday lunch. It was good quality ingredients and HUGE! Lovely pinot noir wine. Will be back

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JulieH
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, locally sourced where possible and treated with respect when cooked.
Staff are very helpful & friendly.

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desireec
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab visit teallu good good and staff excellent will be back !

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JohnW
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food served with a smile at a reasonable price in a comfortable environment

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Vantruck
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and perfect ambience. Definitely recommend booking
a pod, it made our evening perfect.

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TADG
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was amazing. We had allowed an hour and a half for a sunday roast (tickets to see a show after) and they tried their best to get the food out in time but average time was 45 minute wait (we did book but it was busy). They made it happen and the food was really tasty.
One of our group is gluten free which means they couldn't have the stuffing or the yorkshire puddings, there isn't a discount or replacements for these but the roast cost the same as the others. This would be the only draw back.
We had one of the pods in the garden too which was really fun and relaxing with little ones. I'd go again and recommend. You could tell everything was cooked to order and it was a nice day.

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KateK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service even in the PODS. Recommended

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JoanneS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hired one of the shepherd huts - really spacious and beautifully done. The service was just as efficient if we’d have been in the main pub, plus the food was delicious and huge! Will definitely be back, thanks

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clairet
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The Sporrtsman is a nice country pub/restaurant, dog friendly. The staff are welcoming and attentive and the food is of a good quality.

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TonyP
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice menu, good service, enjoyed the whole evening. Cannot wait to return soon.

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AlanC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a very nice meal in a very pleasant atmosphere. The staff were delightful and the service very good. Highly recommended

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The visit overall was very good and the staff were extremely friendly but the only downside was that although it had been confirmed twice by Opentable that we had Bar Seating when we arrived we were told we were seated in a Pod. After indicating that this was not acceptable the staff very quickly revised our seating to the bar area.

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SimonH
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great food, good size portions they seated our party in one of the huts which was interesting.

We visited on a Saturday lunchtime and had to wait forty five minutes between courses which was fine as we weren't in a rush.

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KarenP
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real gem. The huts are a great idea, comfortable & a great place to enjoy the company you are with, without others overhearing
Food, Sunday lunch, brilliant
Staff lovely & attentive
Thank you a really great concept & experience

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Sandie
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Food has always been excellent at this pub & very good value.
Now they've decided to add 15% service to the bill, which I object to when there are only 2 guests.
I now will only recommend this pub if this is only added for large groups

The Sportsman Pub
Responded on 3 October 2021

Hello Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry that you feel that you didn’t get good value for money. The service charge is an optional 10%, not 15%, and it states on the bill when paying that this is optional. The reason we decided to start putting gratuity on our bills last summer, is based on market research on the surrounding pubs and restaurants, it seems to be very common.

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Jenny
Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sportsman is always reliably good. The food is high quality, the staff are friendly and the outdoor seating is just perfect on a sunny day. The best thing is you never feel rushed to leave so my friend and I felt very happy catching up over a roast dinner for a good 4 hours without being asked to leave or even feeling like that was necessary.
Definitely the best pub in/around the burgess hill area

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StevenJ
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spaces on offer. Spacious garden, superb small group dining pods, very comfortable pub interiors
Menu is good and food is delicious.
Service was incredibly warm and friendly.

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TracyK
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this lovely restaurant.
Home cooked food. Six of us, & we all enjoyed the food. My tuna was the best I’d eaten in a restaurant as it was perfectly cooked.
Definitely recommend

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Janice
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was obviously cooked freshly and wad all beautifully presented. Nice atmosphere and the staff are always lovely. Excellent value. Jx

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday meal

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LynnS
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it ! We were in a pod & it was great, staff very attentive & then we were left alone to chat! But not forgotten !
Food great of a very high standard . Will be back .

FAQs

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

The Sportsman Pub is rated 4.6 stars by 58 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.