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The Sportsman Pub, Hassocks, West Sussex
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The Sportsman Pub

4.5
4.5
275 reviews
£26 to £40
Pub
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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pub, Contemporary British

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 10:00 am–9:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01444 233460

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Experiences

  • The Pods

    £10.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Built during 2020 with a design to incorporate the countryside surroundings with their unique shepherds hut style, the four pods are a welcomed edition to the pub grounds. The pods offer an intimate private dining experience or a place for a boozy brunch. They are also a great place to book as a family or with friends. Pods are for exclusive use for parties over 5. Parties of 4 or under are welcome to book a pod but this may be shared with another party at busy times.

What 275 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • West Sussex

    Best Overall

  • West Sussex

    Best Food

  • West Sussex

    Best Service

  • West Sussex

    Best Ambience

  • West Sussex

    Best Value

  • West Sussex

    Child Friendly

  • West Sussex

    Innovative

  • West Sussex

    Good for groups

  • West Sussex

    Healthy

  • West Sussex

    Great for outdoor dining

  • West Sussex

    Good for special occasions

  • West Sussex

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • West Sussex

    Lively

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  1. M

    Minnes

    West Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really friendly staff, lovely old pub, great risotto, child friendly. Would definitely recommend
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall very good. Great that the fish batter was gluten free, but slightly disappointed that it was a little overcooked
  3. D

    Derek

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    6 of us enjoyed a Birthday lunch from 1230 until about 1700. What a great experience, the staff couldn’t be more helpful, the food , wine & beer were excellent. Food was served without any need for rushing. The relaxed afternoon was enjoyed by all . Thank, you
  4. DH

    DoreenH

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit with friends for Sunday lunch, so we booked a pod. Well - what a pleasant surprise! The pod was cosy and warm and, once settled, we were greeted by a member of staff who took our drinks order. Thereafter, the service was excellent and the food amazing! The only time we had to press the "service button" on the wall was when we asked for the bill. Our lunch lingered over 3 hours and was absolutely fantastic and the ambience perfect. We will definitely be returning and will book a pod again as the personal touch was excellent.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Meal and service was absolutely great, booked a pod which was really cozy. Only reason took 1 star away was for the music which was very old fashioned. Would be better if customers could connect to a speaker in the pod and play their own music as a suggestion.
  6. SP

    SimonP

    West Sussex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We had to wait for over 45 minutes for food to be served.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is soo tasty & the staff are very helpful and friendly.
  8. L

    Lucy

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a lovely date night here. Food was really good and the chefs accommodated our requests.
  9. AM

    AndrewM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Sunday lunch once again, friendly and attentive staff, highly recommended.
  10. PD

    PeterD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    wonderful food and service, very welcoming and friendly
  11. G

    Graham

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We hadn’t been to The Sportsman for a number of years. A friend mentioned that they had been recently and had been impressed. So we booked to go along and the 4of us were equally impressed with the food, the service and the ambiance.
  12. TS

    TraceyS

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food and surroundings. Service was great and look forward to coming back again.
  13. D

    Dizzie

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sportsman is a real gem whether for just a quick drink or a full dining experience. The staff are welcoming and friendly providing excellent service. All the food is freshly cooked to order so there may be a bit of a wait, but it is well worth it when your food arrives. The portions are generous and delicious. The Sportsman has been one of my favourite venues for many years , thanks to Matt, Liv and their brilliant team.
  14. l

    lynnh

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a fantastic evening at the Sportsman. Managed to book one of their pods which was beautifully decorated and cosy (once the heater kicked in!). Food was delicious (calamari, halloumi, roast pheasant and a beautiful beef and guiness stew). Our waiter and waitress were first class and made our stay very comfortable and enjoyable. A perfect place to eat...we will definitely be back. Thank you.
  15. CJ

    CJ1980

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The shepherds huts are an awesome way to eat with a young family and dogs. The food was outstanding and the service was very good all staff very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.
  16. D

    Debadeez

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been going to the Sportsman for a while now. Staff are always friendly and accomodating. Menu is very varied & the atmosphere is very good too. Even on a winter's night the staff will accomodate by giving me a table by their hugh open fire! I would highly recommend trying the Sportsman. You won't be disappointed.
  17. AW

    AshleyW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My third visit in a couple of weeks, each time very happy. Great food, classic, quite robust, hearty but very tasty. Nice friendly staff - I’ll keep visiting

    The Sportsman PubResponded on 17 December 2022Thank you for your feedback and so pleased you will be visiting again!

  18. RB

    RosB

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We hired one of the pods that was beautifully decorated, snuggly warm and perfect for a Christmas get together. It’s like having a restaurant pampering just to you . Highly recommend !
  19. H

    Happyfulleater

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very tasty, not the usual pub meals. One of our group has a garlic allergy and the guy who was serving us, along with the chef went out of their way to make sure her meal was as tasty as ours. The guy who served us was very personable and attentive. Unfortunately I didn’t get his name. I would definitely recommend eating here.
  20. NJ

    NickJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The best roast, really really good. The service staff were really nice looking after us, although as they had so many covers the kitchen was delayed and we had to wait over an hour 10 mins for our meal. We all struggled with wait especially my 7 year old, they serving staff tried hard for us. Maybe don't over sell the covers.
  21. KV

    KarenV

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We visited The Sportsman for the first time for Sunday lunch this week and had a really enjoyable experience from the friendly staff to the excellent roast dinner, every element of the lunch was cooked perfectly. Would definitely recommend and will be returning.
  22. JL

    JayneL

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very impressed with the efficiency of the service and very friendly staff. All 10 of us agreed the food was delicious too!
  23. KB

    KarenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 10 in the Wolstonbury dining pod. This was for a family members 70th birthday and it was perfect. The heaters had been left on over night so the pods were gorgeously toasty at midday when we arrived. Beautifully decorated with such a great atmosphere. The food was incredible and the staff were so attentive. We are planning our return soon.
  24. JP

    JenniferP

    West Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a lovely experience, eating in the dining pod at the Sportsman pub. Very attentive service and every effort was made to accommodate our various dietary needs! We'll be back.
  25. SB

    SarahB

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb menu, really interesting choices, with loads of variety. Lots of delicious options for vegetarians and vegans which was so refreshing to see. Local produce, beautifully cooked and presented. Wonderful atmosphere, table by the open fire. Very kind, accommodating and friendly staff. Have been a few times and always recommend to family and friends. Will be back again and again!
  26. AW

    AlisonW

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely lunch with friends on a cold winters day in front of a roaring fire. Food lovely, staff very friendly and helpful. What's not to love!!
  27. JW

    JohnW

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and beer whilst enjoying a lovely open fire on a cold winters day.
  28. JE

    JEKyll0192

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing meal here. Great service, delicious food. The pod was super cozy and the staff couldn’t do enough.
  29. F

    Florence

    West Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Extremely good food, Artichoke and mushroom crumble. A perfect log fire and very nice staff. My only criticism was the noise level from a table behind. It was difficult to have a conversation with the people I was with.
  30. JM

    JillM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely Christmas lunchtime get together with friends. Great ambiance, good food and not hurried. Lovely staff too.
  31. NF

    NickF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and friendly staff. Food excellent as always
  32. W

    Wizzywoo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful cosy pub with open fires. Food was amazing. This will be a regular when us ladies meet for lunch 🙂
  33. AM

    AnneM

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere. Friendly staff. Delicious food . Good menu. Would highly recommend
  34. LC

    LouisaC

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was really quite cold in the restaurant which has the fire places. Unfortunately none of the real fires were lit. I am a really hot person normally but found it very cold, and looking round some people kept their coats on. Our main courses were great and our puddings were really tasty but only lukewarm which was disappointing. Always great food but puddings need to be warmer and the environment needs to be warmer too. Our waitress was fab, cheerful, friendly and prompt with taking your order.
  35. r

    richardm

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 November 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We ate lunch. Unfortunately the pub was very cold. Fire unlit. Spoilt the whole ambience. Hard to recommend if not sure what temperature you're going to find.
  36. JR

    JeremyR

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice venue for Sunday lunch with pleasant staff. Food really good...
  37. AD

    AdrianD

    Norfolk

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arrived on a cold night, cosy warm fire, excellent surroundings. Wife had Liver, bacon, Onions and mash, I had the beer battered fish, chips mushy peas and special tartare sauce, very good portions and excellent food. Both of us had an excellent meal with great service.
  38. KC

    KarisC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Couldn’t have had a better experience in a pod with 5 friends. Great food and exceptional service
  39. CB

    CarolineB

    West Sussex

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It is really nice to share a family celebration in a private pod. The pod was warm and comfortable.
  40. MH

    MonicaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We loved our own private pod and wonderful service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Sportsman Pub offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01444 233460.

The Sportsman Pub is rated 4.5 stars by 275 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Sportsman Pub

Cuckfield Road,Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks, West Sussex BN6 9LQ

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Burgess Hill

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sat 10:00 am–9:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Pub, Contemporary British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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