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The Jolly Sportsman

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Chapel Lane | East Chiltington, Lewes BN7 3BA, England
+44 1273 890400
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Bolney, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I went for a meal at the Jolly Sportsman last night. Having read some of the previous reviews I almost cancelled but decided to make my own mind up. We both had a three course meal from the a la carte menu, potted haddock and shrimp and goats cheese beignets starters which arrived quickly and were delicious.... More 

Thank Karen M
Brighton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great food pub. 3 course lunch for £18. Tasty, good portions, imaginative without being fussy. Friendly and attentive service. Highly recommended.

Thank BrianRussellShaw
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great good, service, ambience. Lovely location at the foot of the downs. Highly recommended. Great idea not to have a 'drinking' bar, and just serious dining. Highly recommended.

Thank C64-London
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have dined at this Restaurant on numerous occasions and thoroughly enjoyed. Sadly this latest visit disappointed in many respects. We ordered the Scallop risotto to start which was mediocre with little evidnence of any fish. Rib eye steaks arrived Luke warm and whilst they were swiftly re-heated, at £22.50 each not what you expect. Creme brûlée was ok. Service... More 

Thank WINSCOMBECrowborough
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were invited here by our closest friends to celebrate New Year's eve. The restaurant was warm and cosy with a nice ambience. We enjoyed most of the set menu but I was very disapointed with my vegetarian main (which I had checked beforehand could be catered for). As my fellow diners had pheasant or beef, I was served mushrooms... More 

Thank phoebegold
Fareham, United Kingdom
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506 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

A nice pub that offers accommodation as well as great views over the Amberley marsh from the dining room.

2 Thank Phil P
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Recommend by my aunt and cousin who have known and used the pub for over 25 years, that says something. They use it almost weekly. A lovely place just off the beaten track but well worth the trip. Log fire blazing, bit smokey but then the weather outside was windy, loved it. I had hare delicious, husband had pheasant he... More 

1 Thank Bootseybaby
East Sussex
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74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Delightful and delicious Sunday lunch today - absolute perfection. All served in gorgeous, cosy surroundings by charming, attentive and helpful staff. The Jolly remains one of my all time favourites for food - looking forward to our next visit already!

Thank deeintheculdesac
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Called in last night with family party of eight. Everyone had a different dish - all very good. Highly recommended.

Thank Stevechis
London, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Our friends had their birthday celebration at this pub. It was a large party of 30 and a basic menu was complied, with everyone pre ordering. Approx 20 of us were put into the conservatory and felt disconnected from celebratory couple, despite them booking many weeks in advance. The food was mediocre and dry but that was mainly due to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
British, Pub, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Chapel Lane | East Chiltington, Lewes BN7 3BA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Lewes
  • Phone Number: +44 1273 890400

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?