The Jolly Sportsman



Chapel Lane, East Chiltington, LEWES, East Sussex, BN7 3BA

Tel: 01273 890400

The Jolly Sportsman


Nestled at the foot of the South Downs National Park, The Jolly Sportsman is a hidden gem in a picturesque Sussex village near Lewes. It is now considered one of the best places to eat, featuring in major eating out guides. The cooking philosophy is one of classical techniques married with local, seasonal produce, creating a constantly evolving menu that has a low carbon footprint.

There's two roaring fires in winter and in summer doors open onto a lovely garden with views of the South Downs with a covered patio that makes a fine place for an early evening pint or an al fresco dinner.

Given the tranquil rural location, its the perfect spot for a romantic and relaxing break away, with four double rooms upstairs with private terrace. The rooms are tastefully furnished with super-king-size beds, high quality mattresses and linen, Nespresso machines and tea making facilities, wifi and flatscreen TVs. There are modern and well-appointed en-suite bathrooms with rainfall showers, fluffy towels and toiletries. Rates include a sumptuous Sussex breakfast the next day. The rooms and the pub are dog friendly.

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  • Bar
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Serve breakfast
  • Serve evening meal
  • Serve lunch
  • Special dietary requirements catered for

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's menu
  • Highchair

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Booking required
  • Chef
  • Exclusive hire of restaurant
  • Garden/patio for guests' use
  • Groups accepted
  • Live music
  • Number of people seated - 70
  • Pets accepted
  • Real log/coal fires

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Secure cycle parking

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Al fresco dining
  • In countryside
  • Unique venue


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Lewes direction take the B2116. From the A23 take the junction signposted Hurstpierpoint (B2116)

We are located on a rural country lane called Chapel Lane with easy access by car and ample car park.

The Jolly Sportsman, Chapel Lane, East Chiltington, Lewes Postcode: BN7 3BA  

Public Transport Directions

By Train:  Plumpton (5 minute drive or 15 minute walk through the fields). Direct trains from London

Lewes (10 minute drive - easy to get taxi but we are happy to book for you). Direct trains from London 

Haywards Heath (15 minute drive - easy to get taxi but we are happy to book for you). Direct trains from London and Brighton  


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member Tourism South East Member 2021

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - SundayOpen
Bank HolidayOpen

* Monday to Friday 12 noon - 3pm and 6pm - 11pm
Saturday 12 noon - 11pm
Sunday and bank holiday 12 noon - 5pm

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