The Jolly Sportsman

UK England South East England East Sussex Lewes

01273 890 400   Chapel Lane, East Chiltington, East Sussex BN7 3BA

  • 4 Guest Rooms
  • Cosy Country Inn
Just outside Lewes, this is a classic Sussex Downs pub with stylish rooms and terrific food

Situated in a great position on the edge of the South Downs, we love this classic Sussex pub with rooms. Not only is it located in a picturesque downland village, complete with ancient church, a couple of pubs and walks galore in the countryside around, it's also a great place to eat, whether you're out for a special occasion or just want a drink and a pub lunch. Its name too betrays its location – very close to Plumpton's famous racecourse, just a mile or so to the west.

The pub itself is very attractive both inside and out, with a vintage Sussex clapboard exterior and a comfortable yet quite contemporary set of rooms inside. It's more of a place to eat these days than somewhere you stop by for a pint (though drinkers are by no means excluded), with stripped-back tables, stylishly comfortable leather dining chairs and cool, crisp art adorning pastel green and rusty red walls. There's a roaring fire in winter and in summer doors open onto a lovely beer garden and covered patio that makes a fine place for an early evening pint or an al fresco dinner.

Given the location, we couldn't blame you if you wanted to stay overnight, and they have three double rooms and a suite upstairs where you can do just that. They are simply but very tastefully furnished, with white walls, super-king-size beds with high quality mattresses and linen, good wifi and flatscreen TVs, and modern and well-appointed en-suite bathrooms with rainfall showers, fluffy towels and toiletries. 

Rates include a sumptuous breakfast and overall the food focuses on seasonal produce from local suppliers: fresh fish from the nearby coast, meat from farms within a 20-mile radius, bread baked in-house daily – you get the picture. The menu changes regularly but you might start with oysters or pork & game terrine, followed by poached monkfish with brown crab, partridge or venison, or just good old steak and chips. They also offer a menu of pub classics that includes burgers, homemade pies and fish and chips. Desserts are often sticky old favourites – well worth leaving room for.

Finally there's the location, just outside the very wanderable county town of Lewes, full of indy shops, pubs and restaurants, and close to Glyndebourne, the aforementioned Plumpton and of course nearby Brighton. There's also the allure of the Downs and its numerous  walking opportunities. The pub recommends a couple of circular walks you can do right from the doorstep, but to be honest they are virtually unlimited  – not bad for somewhere no more than an hour from London!



Open all year


Rooms from £120 - £175 per night including breakfast


Contact Website  01273 890 400  The Jolly Sportsman, Chapel Lane, East Chiltington, East Sussex BN7 3BA

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