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Welcome to The Sportsman

We now offer 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'.)
We are taking table bookings for up to a maximum of 8 people.

Please note that we do not allow children under 10 years and there
is no children's menu available.

When booking via e-mail please follow the format shown on our ‘Contact’ page. 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.

We want to reassure you that we will continue to do all we can to keep our guests and team members safe. We will still only be allowing guests with restaurant reservations to enter the building. We ask that all bookings and enquiries please be made by telephone or e-mail. We will not be providing a bar for non-dining customers.

On arrival please 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 these will be served at your table.


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.

- Survey of Seasalter in the Domesday Book, 1086

Get in touch

The Sportsman
Faversham Road

Tel 01227 273370

Please note that inside seating is reserved exclusively for restaurant reservations and there is no inside seating available for drinkers.

Tuesday to Saturday
Food service: 12:00-13:45 and 18:30-20:30

Food service: 12:30-14:45