Review on The Jolly Sportsman

The award winning Jolly Sportsman, a fabulous gem of a pub and restaurant is located in an idyllic countryside setting in the hamlet of East Chiltington, Sussex, just 20 minutes from Brighton. The stylish dining room has a a rustic charm with solid wood tables and chairs on stripped wood flooring and contemporary artwork on the pale walls. The bar area which covers most of the original ground floor was once a Victorian alehouse and is very cosy with its log fire in winter. In summer months, guests can sit back and unwind on the terrace with its heady scent of jasmine, or the colourful garden with its panoramic views of the South Downs.

Chef proprietor is Bruce Wass and joining Bruce in the kitchen is new head chef Vincent Fayat who previously worked at the renowned Ockendon Manor. Native ingredients are carefully sourced and judiciously deployed both on the carte and the good-value set menus. Typically you might begin with seared scallops, Chinese spiced pork belly and pea puree or potted rabbit, Serrano ham and celeriac remoulade. Follow on with a main course of partridge with braised white beans and baby vegetables or maybe a fillet of gurnard, caponata and new potatoes. To finish there's an array of tempting desserts such as grilled panettone, roast spiced pear and ginger ice cream or if you can't decide, you could always choose the six desserts in miniature.

There's a carefully crafted wine list of some 200 references, featuring a collection that offers something for everyone in terms of both taste and budget. There are specialist beers from micro-breweries, ales served directly from the cask, a large selection of bottled beers from Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic, as well as over 100 malt whiskies.

The Jolly Sportsman is a gastro pub at the top of its game, with friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere.

The Jolly Sportsman is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens

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Gastro pub / Modern European


Bruce Wass and Vincent Fayat

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm Tue-Sat (12.00 - 3.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.30pm Tue-Thu (10.00pm Fri & 9.00pm Sat)

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card

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Facilities at The Jolly Sportsman

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private parties
  • Family Friendly


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


The Jolly Sportsman
Chapel Lane
East Chiltington

Customer Ratings on The Jolly Sportsman

4.4  / 5

Based on 1 review

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  • avatar
    Ray & Sheelagh
    June 2012

    22 people found this review helpful
    Excellent lunch in a beautiful setting.

    We showed up on a Thursday lunch unbooked and were offered a table in the "conservatory" with open views to the lovely gardens, a good start to an excellent lunch.
    We both selected the starter Sussex asparagus with deep fried battered ducks egg and a prawn sauce - a delightful chefs inspiration. For mains I had a rib eyed steak with hand cut chips and my wife had a sliced lamb steak with a potato flan. Both cooked to perfection. We finished with a 2 boule shared ice cream of rock salt caramel and armangac and prune, imaginative to say the least..
    Our wine consumption was limited as we were driving but this restaurant gets ten out of ten for splitting most bottles on their wine list into glasses and carafes of various sizes. We chose the 375cl of an excellent Malbec red.
    Overall this gastropub offers outstanding value. If you don't want an a la carte lunch then they offer a bar menu of simpler fare. We will return!

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