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“The definition of average”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of The Sportsman

The Sportsman
Ranked #1 of 13 Restaurants in Hayfield
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“The definition of average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

Traditional pub with friendly service and nearly average food. The food was let down by slightly burnt chips, cheap catering-pack sausages and mash that had definitely seen better days. Shame really.... Cut the menu back to a few classics, focus on quality ingredients and the little details and this could be a great pub.

  • Visited June 2013
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Teramo, Italy
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“Great pub food and good atmosphere.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

Stayed local to here, and managed to choose a weekend when there were big fell runs so the place was very busy.

Food however was pretty quick, considering how busy, and really tasty good quality pub grub. We had fish and chips and steak pie and there was not a lot left! Real ales, which my husband loved, a limited wine list but perfectly suitable. Service was really friendly.

The pub obviously caters for walkers and dogs alike, just have to keep them on leads, nice cosy atmosphere and both locals and visitors mixed quite happily.

  • Visited May 2013
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Derby, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Friendly, and food has Whow factor.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

My husband and I went to The Sportsman on a Groupon on the18th April.
The pub it self is cosy, dated and abit dark but comfortable.
BUT the food made up for any thing amiss.
We had Black pudding on bed of mash with sauce. ( starter ) and smoked Salmon with Artichoke heart. Both were delicious.
The Whow factor was my slow cooked lamb served with veg. Best I've ever had. And my husbands Chicken wrapped in bacon with sauce and veg were very much enjoyed to. Big Well Done to the Chef.
We had a bit of a banter with the front of house man ( Ric ?)
And seeing we traveled from Derby to go there thought it well worth the journey.

  • Visited April 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

Visited using a Groupon voucher so for the price it was good value.If full price would have been a bit expensive.
Food was good without being anything special.Unfortunately the welcome was not particularly warm which was a shame.
Beer was good.Service ok,overall a nice meal but would not rush back.

  • Visited April 2013
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“Delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

Visited The Sportsman with a voucher. The setting was lovely, the staff friendly and the food was fabulous! Worth going that extra distance if you're in the Hayfield area!
Will definitely visit again and try another delight on the menu!
Hopefully a 'midweek special' deal menu is on the cards like other eating places in Hayfield!!
Many thanks for a lovely evening :-)

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