Welcome to The Sportsman
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.
Get in touch
Tel 01227 273370
Tuesday to Saturday
Food service: 12:00-14:00 and 19:00-21:00
Bar: 12:00-15:00 and 18:00-23:00
Food service: 12:30-14:45
Bar: 12:00-15:00 and 18:00-22:30
Please note that, due to ongoing building work, from Monday 20th February 2017 we will have no conservatory as it is being knocked down. Rebuilding is expected to be completed around mid-March. There will be no seating for drinkers until its completion.
This building work shouldn’t interfere with the restaurant, but we apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption caused.