Jolly Sportsman

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Half-hidden down a one-way lane in the South Downs National Park, this former Victorian alehouse is owned by seasoned restaurateur Bruce Wass, who has an intelligent grasp of what people want to eat – witness an eclectic restaurant menu that touts the likes of moules marinière, devilled duck hearts with crispy artichokes and bone marrow or slow-cooked pork belly with quince aïoli, fennel and onion-seed crushed potato. Ingredients are sourced with unusual care, and desserts are well worth saving room for – perhaps roast pineapple with salted peanut-brittle ice cream. You can also nibble on five-cheese ploughman’s, charcuterie, pike quenelles or boudin blanc in the bar, terrace and garden. To drink, explore the range of microbrewery beers, and don’t miss out on the 200-bin wine list. Although it’s just 20 minutes from Brighton, this is a world away from the big-beach bustle.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Modern European
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Location

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

01273 890400

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Opening Times

Tues-Sun 12N-2pm (Sun -3pm) Tues-Sat 7-10pm

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Anon

28 May 2021  
Threatened with a head kicking and destruction of car We visit the JS today for dinner. Steak was blue when a medium-welldone was asked for. On referring this to staff, there was no concern, On receipt of bill I asked for the steak be be deducted. The manager then came to see us and refused. I offered to pay the bill of £130 (dinner for 2) but declined to pay for the steak. The 'manager' a man in his mid 30s, balding and slim with blue denim shirt then called the police. I accepted this. The police were not that interested, so he then said he would 'kick my head in and destroy my car'. This has been reported to the police as a threat of violence and they will be investigating. What a shame that such a lovely setting is destroyed by threats of violence

We visit the JS today for dinner. Steak was blue when a medium-welldone was asked for. On referring this to staff, there was no concern, On receipt of bill I asked for the steak be be deducted. The manager then came to see us and refused. I offered to pay the bill of £130 (dinner for 2) but declined to pay for the steak. The 'manager' a man in his mid 30s, balding and slim with blue denim shirt then called the police. I accepted this. The police were not that interested, so he then said he would 'kick my head in and destroy my car'. This has been reported to the police as a threat of violence and they will be investigating. What a shame that such a lovely setting is destroyed by threats of violence

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