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Chapel Lane, East Chiltington, East Sussex BN73BA
01273 890400
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British
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Closed Mondays
Tuesday/Thursday 12:00pm - 2:30pm & 6:30pm- 9:30pm
Friday 12:00pm - 2:30pm & 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm - 2:30pm & 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 3:30pm
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Chef/Patron Bruce Wass and his team of enthusiastic cooks offer fantastic, seasonal food, from lunchtime charcuterie plates & ploughmans with home made bread, to finely crafted dishes on the à la carte menu. The Jolly Sportsman provides a relaxed, friendly, professional meal experience. Fine cooking, not fine dining.

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Lovely late lunch
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by Kay Grindell on 14 Aug 2017
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We were celebrating my husband's birthday and I had let them know in advance. It was acknowledged discretely on arrival, and birthday candle duly presented in his pud. Much appreciated thank you. Service very attentive, given option of dining in or out which was nice. Only disappointment was it was a bit quiet cos we were last in at 3pm.

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by Anne Rosemfeld on 13 Aug 2017
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We had early dinner here, and although everyone was very nice to us the service wasn't up to the usual friendly and professional standard we have come to expect from this lovely restaurant. The staff seemed quite fraught, a lot of activity to little effect. Despite there being very few other occupied tables we had an exceptionally long wait (just under an hour) for our main course and for our dessert. I hope this was just an anomaly and they will soon be back to the standard we have come to expect and enjoy here.

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by David Kirby on 12 Aug 2017
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We've eaten here several times, and have always found the food varied, imaginative and tasty. There is also a good selection of wines. The service is good, and unobtrusive (which is becoming rare nowadays).

Good but small
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by Elaine Lawrence on 08 Aug 2017
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The pub was stunning - especially the garden. The staff were efficient, and the quality of the food good. My one criticism is that the portion sizes were very small for some of the dishes, especially given the prices. This would put me off eating at the pub again.

Nice try
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by Andy Holman on 07 Aug 2017
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Service was good and menu varied. However, some options expensive and portions quite small (Pork Belly and Hake in particular).

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