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advertising feature ■ The Sportsman has the


winning formula


by Nicole Tata


I was looking for relaxed dining with great pub food – somewhere special to take my son for lunch. The Sportsman covered all the bases and more.


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urrounded by countryside, yet close to Burgess Hill and Hurstpierpoint, The Sportsman is a true destination pub. Thanks to Matt Palmer’s boundless energy and efforts since he bought the business two years ago, this place now has the warm buzz of a friendly local, with lots on offer for everyone. There’s live music every Friday night and a varied programme of special nights and events, including family entertainment. We were booked in for lunch and, unbeknownst to Matt, I brought with me one of the harshest food critics I know: my 16-year old son. Ostensibly billed as a special treat to celebrate GCSE results, would The Sportsman’s kitchen impress a conservative teenage palate?


Settling in the cosy restaurant area, away from the bar and bustle of a busy lunchtime trade, we perused the extensive menu. Son chose his fi rst course eagerly, pleasantly surprised by what he saw. A good serving of Cheesy Garlic Ciabatta arrived promptly. ‘What’s it taste like?’ Mother asked rather pointlessly. ‘Cheesy and garlicky,’ came the predictable reply. ‘Is it nice?’ ‘Yeah,’ he hmphed between mouthfuls. I chose the Baby Nicoise Salad from


“Healthy, comforting, home cooked food, expertly prepared and mouthwateringly presented to appeal across the board”


the Specials Board – all crunchy green beans and mixed leaves, with tuna, egg


and olives. Colourful, fresh and a great, healthy starter.


For our main courses, we went with classic pub food that The Sportsman does so well. My Beef & Jalapeno Burger was a perfect example: fresh local beef with a little chilli kick, cooked just right and accompanied by a toasted bun, chips and salad. I blame the cheeky little pot of celeriac remoulade for making me dip and eat ALL my chips! The Harveys Ale Battered Cod & Chips and mushy peas went down a storm too – beautifully fl uffy cod with just enough batter to hold it, and plenty of chips on the side, the teenager was happy. Dessert? Yes, duh! Again, the menu came up trumps as Kevin alighted on his favourite: Lemon, Mango & Raspberry Sorbet, unceremoniously slurped while Mum sipped hot, frothy cappuccino. Healthy, comforting, home cooked food, expertly prepared and mouthwateringly presented to appeal across the board – I think The Sportsman has found the winning formula.


James Villiers has been leading The


Sportsman’s kitchen brigade for a year now and his confi dence is soaring. “We’re serving pub classics alongside dishes that are a little bit different, and it’s been a big hit with the customers,” he says. The menu changes seasonally, with a new Winter Menu being introduced in October. “And we’re sourcing more and more food locally now that relationships with our suppliers have been cultivated,” he says, “so our food miles have defi nitely come down.” Bookings are now being taken for the Christmas period and for Christmas Day, with menus available to view online or at the pub. Whatever the occasion, take your family or friends to The Sportsman and let Matt, James and the rest of the team make it a winner for you. ■


THE SPORTSMAN Cuckfield Road, Goddards Green West Sussex BN6 9LQ Tel. 01444 233460


Email eat@thesportsmanpub.com www.thesportsmanpub.com


SUSSEX LIVING 81October 2011


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