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The Sportsman


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner


British, Pub, Gastropub
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The food here is of the highest rank (I've been lucky enough to eat in quite a few great Michelin starred restaurants) and yet even the tasting menu is "only" £55. If I lived closer I'd go every month! Remember to book - they get...More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have already written a review some 18 months or so ago. Nothing has changed. This place is still a delight to come to and the food is wonderful but for the first time however we came for dinner and had the full tasting menu....More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Pat K
Reviewed 4 days ago

We booked this restaurant a few weeks before travelling to Whitstable for a short break and so pleased we did. All the staff are very attentive but not over the top and the atmosphere is very laid back and relaxing. The food was absolutely lovely...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Tim G
Reviewed 5 days ago

There should be additional stars for the truly exceptional. Our lunch at the Sportsman was the best meal I've ever had. Curated like a piece of art yet casual and welcoming, we felt at home. The service was excellent, friendly, and down to earth. Words...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank 377pepea
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked our anniversary meal and a night in one of the log cabins. The cabin was wonderful and set out beautifully surrounded by wild flowers, butterfly's and birds. I felt my shoulders relaxing and thoroughly enjoyed the short one night stay. The place was...More

Date of visit: July 2019
1  Thank Aberdeen girl b
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Four of us ate here recently to end our holiday in Whitstable - the perfect end to a wonderful week. The Sportsman is simply marvellous. Everything from the delicious bread and butter to the understated but wonderfully efficient service. The food is just divine. I...More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good quality ingredients but I think every single course on the tasting menu was smothered in mayo, butter or cream. Just let the flavours come out and don’t try to be so French 1970s Michelin star! Evolve ... please as it spoils the fab local...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Explorer768005
Reviewed 1 week ago

"Hi we'd like a table for four at 8.00 please, and we'd like the tasting menu" "That's fine, but you will need to come at 7.00" Wow, I thought at the time (January - booking for June 28th - it's that busy) that must be...More

Date of visit: July 2019
4  Thank simsqu
Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly welcome, attentive staff, and a good wine list that is not optimistically overpriced. Food was a delight, just wish the restaurant was nearer our home!

Date of visit: July 2019
1  Thank topdog32
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second visit. You'll need to book but try for a cancellation. This is basically a pub converted to a restaurant. Last visit we had the 'tester' menue, this time we ate al la carte. I can't recommend this highly enough. Great service, helpful advice. Some...More

Date of visit: July 2019
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June 24, 2019|
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Response from meljxxx | Reviewed this property |
They do indeed
January 15, 2018|
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Response from Bee212 | Reviewed this property |
I booked one month in advance.
December 17, 2017|
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Response from David E | Reviewed this property |
It's not that sort of gig. Look at their online menu
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