The Sportsman Pub

4.5
39 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 39 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.5
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EmuTurnips
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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desireec
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JohnW
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
3 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 .

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DanDare
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and helpful staff despite being at the end of a busy Sunday service. Roast dinners were top notch as was my salmon, squid and prawn risotto. Will definitely return.

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KarenE
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great space and great breakfast in lovely sunshine - thank you!

JE
JacquiE
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love this pub very friendly staff and proper pub grub!!

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Samie
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely welcome and very attentive service.

Food was absolutely delicious, we had the burgers which are homemade and very tasty. My friend had sweet potato fries and I opted for cheesy truffle fries, they are a must if you visit as they are unusual but a real treat.

The banoffi pie is the best from the sportsman than anywhere else but very filling, so leave room for it!

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Paula
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A local favourite. Always nice food, takes a while to come but worth the wait.
Staff are lovely and smiley.
Pub is lovely with plenty of places to sit, outside area is great for families, and always take the dogs as they are very welcome there.

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Anon
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The pub wasn’t especially busy and there were several waiters near the bar but they just left us for ages. We waited 20 mins before our first drinks arrived and then after ordering food it was another long wait to ask d’Orca coffee - which wasn’t brilliant. The food quality was good but the service was poor and no-one seemed to be making sure we were looked after.

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HelenG
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great choice of meals, good friendly service, very enjoyable

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HannahG
London
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good we can back twice during our holiday. The staff were so friendly and accommodating and the food was delicious!

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leanna
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were lovely friendly and highly attentive
Outstanding

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GrahamO
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service was terrible. It took an hour to get our food.

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JulieQ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I booked a pod for 4 originally, called to add 1 on morning of booking - no problem at all to amend booking. The pod was comfortable & spacious for 5 plus 3 dogs, food was very good. An enjoyable experience & would recommend.

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ChrisD
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at the Sportsman. Food is top draw.

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LadyB
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Booked a pod which was lovely. All restaurants can be noisy places with everyone talking at once but this allowed a more quiet experience. The staff were so friendly and attentive and made it effortless. The Eton Mess was enormous but such a delicious treat. I didn’t enjoy the Caesar salad so much as there was too much sauce but the Eton Mess more than made up for it!

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Jhash
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food great portions including lots of well cooked vegetables with the roast. Puddings delicious!

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AbigailG
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely service, especially from Lottie. Food was delicious, accommodating for dietary requirements (celiac / gluten free and also rosemary due to medical reasons / medication). Chef was able to provide alternatives on the roast dinners we had, and we were able to have starters and deserts! Food was lovely.

Only shortfall was we ended up going to the bar to pay as we waited for someone to provide the bill or ask if we wanted it - didn't hamper the experience but just some constructive criticism

Hopefully we will be returning soon! The pods outside look so cosy and we would love to have a date night in one!

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OpenTable Diner
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food great service made a special day great

The Sportsman Pub
Responded on 11 July 2021

Thank you so much for your review, we are so pleased you had a lovely time!

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BarbaraS
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four people at Friday lunchtime. Limited menu choices but good quality. We were able to swap the type of potato, which was good, and one person had two starters instead of a main dish. All meals tasted really good and were very nicely presented. The Pinot wine was the nicest I've had. Service was timely and helpful. Very clean, the wooden table was not sticky! Toilet also clean and tidy and not too cramped. Outside area looked very nice and the pods looked very comfortable. Will definitely be visiting again.

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ColetteW
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall1food4service3ambience2

Sadly this was an awful experience that has deeply upset me. When our food took over an hour to come with no explanation or even check if our drinks needed topping up. I asked to speak to the manager after getting nowhere with the staff. She was rude would not accept any responsibility for the lateness of our food, did not want to discuss why another table hit their hot starters before we got our mains, which was all we ordered. She was confrontational and berating. I walked away the food arrived the food was good but very over priced and whilst I tried to eat I was berated again by the owner and manager she seemed to hang on to when we ordered which was an hour ago she put the order slip under my nose I had to ask her to leave us alone. When the bill arrived there was no discount no apology the manager arrived with her card machine I asked if she thought maybe a good will gesture was in order she strongly disagreed I walked out my mother and mother in law, sister in law and partner stayed and she was just as rude to them we all said the food was good her staff were lovely but her attitude was disgusting. She continued to be rude to my family and eventually said well here’s a good gesture don’t pay! My partner offered to pay she would not take it we left with me in tears never in my life have I experienced such bad customer service it was a truly upsetting experience. Just to note I have never left a bad review on any site but this was unacceptable.

FAQs

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

The Sportsman Pub is rated 4.5 stars by 39 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.