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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Bracing freshness and absence of pretension in a Kentish pub

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At a glance

Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

The Sportsman has a distinctly rustic, unpretentious look, with scuffed floorboards and plain walls hung with pictures above half-panelling. The kitchen makes everything in-house, including butter. Start with an appetiser of super-fresh oyster topped with warm chorizo before a first course of to-die-for soda bread smeared with soft cheese topped with home-smoked mackerel with apple jelly and a grating of horseradish, or pork terrine. Stunningly fresh braised brill fillet on tender leeks is topped with mussels and bacon and accompanied by creamy mash, and roast saddle of lamb arrives with seasonal vegetables. End with apple soufflé - well risen, light and airy - with salted caramel ice cream.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25-26 Dec, 1 Jan
  • Days closed: Mon
  • Closed for dinner: Sun
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef: Stephen Harris, Dan Flavell

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 32
  • Wines over £30: 24
  • Wines by the glass: 13

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 50
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 50

Getting here

On coast road between Whitstable & Faversham, 3.5m W of Whitstable

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Whitstable, Faversham
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