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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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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • 91
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 28
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Off the beaten track but worth the effort

We have eaten at this restaurant a couple of times now and each time we have not been disappointed. The service is respectful and knowledgeable and the food was quite delightful. This is one of two restaurants locally that I would positively recommend a visit to. There are gardens, and whilst it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Tim G
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Lewes, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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204 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

First thing first - you have to book. So keep that in mind when you want to reserve a table. Anyway, it is a good place to eat, small bar area, cosy, however, there is plenty of nicely spaced tables to eat at. We arrived and were warmly greeted by the staff and we had a great cocktail made of... More 

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We have eaten at this restaurant a couple of times now and each time we have not been disappointed. The service is respectful and knowledgeable and the food was quite delightful. This is one of two restaurants locally that I would positively recommend a visit to. There are gardens, and whilst it is unacceptable for children to play there, it... More 

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Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

High quality food and drink in a beautiful rural setting. The quality is reflected in the prices however. Make sure that you check out their daily specials.

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haywards
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I have just had lunch with three others at The Jolly Sportsman. Overall a good lunch, service a little slow but as we were not in a hurry this wasn't a problem. I was the only diner to choose the set menu. I just wonder who does the portion control. My main course of venison casserole consisted of only three... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Went for dinner with work colleagues. Really warm and inviting with a roaring fireplace as you enter. Staff really friendly and provided good service. Good food and great selection of beers, wines and soft drinks. Definitely recommend the salted caramel ice cream!

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Despite a location somewhat off the beaten track, the Jolly Sportsman has one of the best menus in the area and is well worth the journey (it is well-signposted). It is our first choice when looking for something beyond run-of-the-mill pub food. The atmosphere is relaxed but the service friendly and professional. In addition to the charming restaurant, there is... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

my girlfriend booked the jolly sportsman as a birthday surprise as we were staying in near by ditchling and what a surprise it was. it was freezing out outside but was gladly met by a roaring fire where we had drinks, the manager and staff welcomed us in and sat us down where we had three of the best courses... More 

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Lewes, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

My husband and I popped into The Jolly Sportsman for an evening meal. It was a cold evening outside so it was very nice to see a welcome fire. The manager always gives a lovely welcome and the staff are friendly as well as professional. We sat beside the fire for a drink before sitting down for our evening meal.... More 

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Brighton
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

A warm welcome for us and our dog at the Jolly Sportsman today. Very nice food in a comfortable dining room and a charming waiter. Well worth the trip for a relaxing lunch in an attractive setting. The garden looks lovely, even in January, so we'll be back to enjoy the open fire on colder days and the garden on... More 

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Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We recently had our Christmas Party at The Jolly Sportsman for over 100 staff. The venue was perfect for this with the additional marquee attached to the entrance. The food was amazing and of a really high standard especially for this amount of people. The staff were friendly, approachable and on hand to help. I would highly recommend this perfect... More 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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