Welcome to The Sportsman
be reopening on Tuesday 18th May.
but it may take us a few days to get back to you.
Your patience is much appreciated.
We are taking table bookings for up to a maximum of 6 people. The group can be made up of more than two households but must be limited to no more than six people. (The ‘rule of six’ is set to be reviewed by the government in June, but until then all bookings must adhere to this rule.) Please note that for the time being we are not allowing children under 10 years.
In line with social distancing guidelines we will be operating with a reduced number of tables inside the restaurant so availability will be limited. We are only able to offer indoor dining and do not have any restaurant seating outside.
For the moment we are only offering 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'.)
If you were due to visit before Tuesday 18th May:
We are sorry if you were due to visit us before Tuesday 18th May. Please do get in touch and we will do our best to rearrange your reservation. The telephone at the restaurant will not be manned while we are closed, but we will be responding to e-mails. It may take us a little while to get back to you so your patience is much appreciated.
When booking via e-mail please follow the format shown on our ‘Contact’ page. As you can imagine our small team has been incredibly busy with booking requests since the government announced its roadmap for easing lockdown. 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.
When you arrive at The Sportsman:
We want to reassure you that we will continue to do all we can to keep our guests and team members safe.
When you arrive for your reservation please put your face mask on before entering and wait at the door to be seated by a member of our team. We’re still keen for you to be able to enjoy a drink before your meal but while social distancing is in place these will be served at your table.
In order to adhere to current restrictions we are only allowing guests with restaurant reservations to enter the building. We ask that all bookings and enquiries please be made by telephone or e-mail. For non-dining customers we will have a small bar available outside with a limited selection of beer, cider and soft drinks. Please note that inside seating is reserved exclusively for restaurant reservations and there is no inside seating available for drinkers. (The outside bar is weather permitting only and you are advised to phone ahead.)
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: 12:00-13:45 and 18:30-20:30
Food service: 12:30-14:45
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.