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Welcome to The Sportsman



We want to reassure you that we will continue to do all we can to keep our guests and team members safe. From Monday 19th July we will still only be allowing guests with restaurant reservations to enter the building. We ask that all bookings and enquiries please be made by telephone or e-mail. We will not be providing a bar for non-dining customers.


Whilst restrictions have eased, team members will still be wearing facemasks and we will be encouraging our guests to do the same. On arrival please wait at the door to be seated by a member of our team (with your mask on). We’re still keen for you to be able to enjoy a drink before your meal but these will be served at your table.


With so much uncertainty we have made the decision to continue offering only one menu. This is a five course Tasting Menu comprised of small, seasonal dishes which showcase the local environment. This menu is put together day to day and includes recipes from the past twenty years along with new ideas. You will have a choice on the day between two or three options for each course. As always we ask that you please advise us of any allergies when booking and please be aware that we are not currently able to cater for vegan or dairy free diets. (To view a sample menu please go to 'Menus' and click 'Tasting'.)


When booking via e-mail please follow the format shown on our ‘Contact’ page. Including all the necessary information in your initial e-mail will help us to check availability and organise your booking much more efficiently. Thank you.

 

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The first evidence of an inn at the site dates back to 1642 but the surrounding area of Seasalter was entered in the Domesday Book as belonging to the kitchens of Canterbury Cathedral. Even then it was an area of food production, farmed by the monks, supplying produce for the influx of religious tourists after the murder of Thomas Beckett in 1170.


We took over The Sportsman in November 1999 with the intention of serving good food in relaxed and informal surroundings. We have held a Michelin star since 2008.


Following the monks’ example we let the area around the pub dictate what we cook.  Behind us, the Thames Estuary, leading out to the North Sea, provides oysters and fish, and in front, marshland, woods and fertile soils give us meat, vegetables and game. We also grow some ingredients ourselves. A small kitchen garden and now polytunnel, mean we can cook with fruit and vegetables that benefit from being picked only moments before use.


In Borowart lath, there lies a small borough named Sesaltre [Seasalter], which properly belongs to the kitchen of the archbishop. There is a church and eight fisheries... wood for the pannage of ten hogs. In the time of king Edward the Confessor, and afterwards, it was worth twenty-five shillings, and now one hundred shillings.

- Survey of Seasalter in the Domesday Book, 1086
 

Get in touch

The Sportsman
Faversham Road
Seasalter
Whitstable
Kent
CT5 4BP

Tel 01227 273370

Tuesday to Saturday

Food service: 12:00-13:45 and 18:30-20:30
 

Sunday

Food service: 12:30-14:45
 

Monday

CLOSED

PLEASE NOTE: NO INSIDE BAR AVAILABLE. At weekends there will be a small bar available outside with a limited selection of beer, cider and soft drinks. This bar is weather permitting only and you are advised to phone ahead.
Please note that inside seating is reserved exclusively for restaurant reservations and there is no inside seating available for drinkers.