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The Sportsman

Faversham Road, Seasalter, Kent CT5 4BP

£35.00 Gastropub Kent

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  • Wine: £10.95
  • Champagne: £24.50
  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 12N-2pm 7-9pm (Sun 12N-2.30pm)

Square Meal Review of The Sportsman ?

This shabby roadside boozer overlooking bleak salt marshes is a world away from trendy Whitstable, yet hides a highly accomplished operation touting a Michelin star. In short, it’s a serious restaurant in pub clothing. Chef/co-proprietor Stephen Harris delivers inventive menus that name-check first-class local ingredients, but it’s not just his cooking that makes a virtue of simplicity and economy: dishes are listed on a blackboard, orders placed at the bar, seats taken at plain scrubbed tables and service is cheerfully informal. Brilliant breads and home-churned butter set the tone, while fish is as fresh as can be – perhaps thornback ray with brown butter, cockles and sherry vinegar dressing. Elsewhere, plates of perfectly roasted chicken and Monkshill Farm pork belly with apple sauce cater for other tastes, but give the kitchen 48 hours’ notice and you can look forward to an eight-course tasting menu designed to showcase the local environment and its indigenous ingredients.

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  1. The Sportsman

    Faversham Road, Seasalter, Kent CT5 4BP
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    Andrew H.
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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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    Faversham Road, Seasalter, Kent CT5 4BP
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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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  1. Published : Monday, 11th November 2013

    Kavey Eats :: Me and The Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent

    I am not a classy bird. The truth is that words like elegant, sophisticated and lady-like are not ones you’d choose to describe me… and that’s OK by me. On the inside, I’d like to think I’m intelligent, fun, passionate, surprising and all kinds of other interesting things… and I reckon those aspects of me are far more worthy of attention than my body, my clothes, shoes and handbag, how I wear my hair, the fact that I don’t wear make-up or that I walk a little pigeon-toed. I say this because The Sportsman in Kent reminds me of myself in pub form. On the outside, the pub looks a little tatty, perhaps even unkempt. If you judged it on its cover, you might not even bother to stop, let alone go in and get to know it. But step inside and it’s warm and welcoming. The space is stripped back and open, with wooden floors, (generously sized, uncovered) tables, chairs and panelling. There are dramatic paintings of seascapes hanging on plain pale walls. Early on an October evening, huge windows spill in lots of light; later candles and pendant lights keep things cheery. And the staff are full of smiles, as they bustle behind the bar getting ready for the dinner service. Throughout the evening they are attentive, eager to help and to share the delight of dinner in this wonderful place...
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Essential Details for The Sportsman

  • Address: Faversham Road, Seasalter, Kent CT5 4BP
  • Telephone: 01227 273370
  • Website:
  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 12N-2pm 7-9pm (Sun 12N-2.30pm)
  • Capacities: Private room for 20 people
  • Restaurant Facilities: Alfresco dining area
  • Cuisine: Gastropub
  • Area: Kent
  • Price: £35.00
  • Wine: £10.95
  • Champagne: £24.50

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