The Jolly Sportsman

Lewes, Sussex
+44 (0)1273 890400
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A gem of an inn, nestled in the South Downs National Park with friendly staff, comfortable bedrooms and outstanding food with minimal miles


4 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 3

Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

You’ll be delighted to walk into the wood-burner warmed space after a long walk in the local woods or on the Downs: you can sup a pint of Harvey’s, brewed in Lewes and fresh from the barrel, or choose something delicious from the busy wine list while you decide what to eat. They source as much as possible within a 20-mile radius, with a daily delivery of fresh fish from the coast and meat from local butchers and farms. Bread is home-baked and the pastry chef makes wonderful desserts.

Choose to eat in the bar at a pine scrubbed table, more elegantly in the dining room, in the conservatory or outside on the terrace or garden where walkers with dogs are very welcome. In summer there are barbecues out here – children can run freely. Bedrooms are up an outdoor staircase – pleasant, quiet and uncluttered, all with views over Downs or meadows and with home-baked biscuits and Nespresso machines.

Wake to hearty hiker’s breakfasts.

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We think you'll love

  • The truly good food, local beers and wine
  • Relaxing on the upstairs veranda with a book surrounded by peaceful greenery and views
  • The calming bedrooms and bathrooms
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You should know

  • Dogs allowed in the pub but not in the bedrooms
  • You will hear pub noise until closing time - especially in summer when everyone is outside
  • Pub closed for lunch and dinner Mondays and Tuesdays


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Extra bed available for a small child in family suite. Discount if all 4 rooms are taken together.
Sunday night - Wednesday morning.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Nibbles from £2.50. Starters from £7.50. Mains from £14.50. Sides £4. Puddings from £5.50.


Nightly price
from £140
1 Family room for 3
From £195
3 Doubles
From £140



I love this typically Sussex country pub - for its food and its very friendly atmosphere. On a sunny day - what could be nicer than sitting in their lovely garden with a backdrop of the Sussex Downs? The food is exceptionally good and you are always made to feel extremely welcome.

Fiona, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

Walk down the lane from East Chiltington and you find a lovely 13th-century church. It's 2 miles to Plumpton for The Pot Place tearoom and garden centre. There are exceptional walks all around you through lovely meadows and woodland or hikes onto the Downs. Head to Lewes (5 miles) for a castle, shops, restaurants and galleries. Join vineyard tours nearby or visit Brighton for a day at the seaside.

Local points of interest from Rob Wilson & Christina Turner

  • You are surrounded by some of the best English vineyards and our rooms are named after the four vineyards Bluebell, Court Garden, Albourne and Ridgeview all within a 7 mile radius of the pub.
  • Only 10 miles from the world famous Glyndebourne: Discover a world-leading opera house in the heart of the Sussex countryside.
  • Brighton (13-mile drive) This energetic seaside town just on the other side of the South Downs probably needs no introduction. Independent shopping and small eateries in the North Laines, walks along the seafront and possibly even a visit to Brighton Pier.
  • Travel back in time to the Bluebell Railway soaking up 11 miles of glorious Sussex scenery behind a steam engine.
  • You're a 15 minute drive to the historic and beautiful little town of Lewes Castle and Museum, Anne of Cleves house.
  • A glorious walk across the fields to Plumpton Races – Lovely day out at the races on one of the most attractive courses in the country.


Rob Wilson & Christina Turner

Rob has been in the hospitality business for many years and is passionate about food and wine. Under is stewardship the inn has become a firm favourite with foodies all over Sussex and features in major eating out guides. Chrissie has now joined a team of expert staff - she is lively and enthusiastic and goes the extra mile for her guests. They also oversee The Sloop Inn near Haywards Heath.