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The Jolly Sportsman

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Chapel Lane, East Chiltington | East Chiltington, Lewes BN7 3BA, England
01273 890400
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  • 36
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  • 29
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Superb food

Food is lovely, on the expensive side but the quality is reflected in this. The only criticism was the service. Granted, it was a busy day for them as it was such great weather. We had not booked as I was unable to get a signal where we were staying (not the dining establishments fault). We arrived... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
vodkabeerwine
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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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  • Local cuisine
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English first
London, United Kingdom
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We went on a Sunday afternoon on the way back to London and sat outside in the lovely garden. We ordered all the nibbles, mains, dessert and coffee and enjoyed every minute. The lobster and cheese plate were particularly good and the gingerbread pudding was amazing. The staff were also all incredibly friendly. I wish we lived in the area!

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Superb garden and lovely setting . Beware the wasps in August no doubt attracted by the food and apple trees! Good menu but quality of food questionable and as such for an average of £16 a main course ( starters were varied but expensive), expensive and not good value. In a location that is struggling to keep its pubs open... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We booked a table for lunch on Sunday for a party of 4 friends. Having visited previously we were looking forward to good food in an old world village pub atmosphere. We were shown to a table next to a curtain which separated our section of the dining area from a then empty conservatory. However, over the next few minutes... More 

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Hassocks, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

My husband and I chose to hold our wedding reception here in May 2015 as we have always loved this place and knew we could rely on our guests being served great food in a stunning garden with the Downs as a backdrop. We were not to be disappointed. Right from the start the manager Rob showed his deep personal... More 

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ringmer
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

There have been many times when I have eaten out that I felt a bit mugged off and had feeling of being robbed for what service/food I got. Its not often my wife feels the same but our recent 1st visit to this establishment had us both saying same thing. Great location and I will grab a pint if in... More 

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Rob W, Manager at The Jolly Sportsman, responded to this review

Well, I guess it had to happen. 49 positive/ glowing reviews in a row since August last year, then 2 poor ones from 3 in 48 hours! To be honest, we are at a bit of a loss with the above complaint. The time you say elapsed before you ordered seems unlikely at best, more likely embellished for good copy.... More 

London
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Apart from the courtesy and charm, this restaurant serves first class food, all to be washed down with real ale, straight from the wood. (The wine, according to her ladyship, was also very good) It has a very nice garden and, it seems like, many waiters and waitresses, who are so polite and on the ball that it makes this... More 

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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Food is lovely, on the expensive side but the quality is reflected in this. The only criticism was the service. Granted, it was a busy day for them as it was such great weather. We had not booked as I was unable to get a signal where we were staying (not the dining establishments fault). We arrived just before it... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Friendly helpful staff who set the tone when you phone to book and carry it through when you arrive. We haven't been for some time and wondered whether it would be as good as we remembered. In fact it was better. Lovely pub with a wonderful garden and they seem to pull off the impossible- an excellent restaurant but yet... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

We've been to the JS on many occasions, with friends; with family, with puppy! The staff are excellent, the service relaxed yet efficient. We've never had a disappointing meal, spring or summer; lunch or dinner. If I had to choose, I would say that summer lunches are just sublime with a drink or two in the garden. But the interior... More 

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East Sussex
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27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Despite our being amongst the last to sit down for lunch today, as usual everything was faultless - from welcome, to service, the general relaxed ambience, to the unbelievable quality of the food and presentation. The restaurant was absolutely packed with Father's Day diners and one very large group who were celebrating a birthday. The chefs' creativity and the quality... More 

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Address: Chapel Lane, East Chiltington | East Chiltington, Lewes BN7 3BA, England
Phone Number: 01273 890400
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Lewes
Cuisine: British, Pub

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Chapel Lane, East Chiltington | East Chiltington, Lewes BN7 3BA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Lewes
  • Phone Number: 01273 890400

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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