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On since 2023

Last update: July 2024

Celebrate your special day in the charming and picturesque setting of The Jolly Sportsman Pub, nestled in the heart of East Chiltington. Our beautiful venue combines rustic charm with modern amenities to create the perfect backdrop for your wedding festivities.

Welcome your nearest & dearest to our colourful gardens, surrounded by lushious greenery and the tranquil ambiance of the countryside. The Jolly Sportsman offers a warm and inviting atmosphere, making it an ideal location for either an intimate or a grand celebration with family and friends.

Treat your guests to a delightful reception in our stylish and versatile event spaces. Our experienced team will be dedicated to ensuring your every need. We offer many different package styles & can assist in making your dream a reality.

Our cooking philosophy is one of classical techniques as well as cooking over live fire, married with local, seasonal produce, creating a low carbon foot print. We have a daily delivery of fresh fish caught off the Sussex coast, and all our meat is sourced from local butchers and farms within a 20 mile radius. We can cater to any dietary requirment or special request.

For those looking to make the most of their special day, we also offer comfortable accommodation for you and your guests. Our four cozy bedrooms provide a convenient and relaxing place for your loved ones to unwind after the festivities.

With a commitment to excellence and a touch of the whimsical, The Jolly Sportsman is the perfect choice for a wedding that will be remembered for a lifetime. Contact us to start planning your dream wedding in the enchanting surroundings of East Chiltington.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Pub or restaurant
Unusual weddings
Marquees and tents
Woodland and festival
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Orangery on site
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Reviews for The Jolly Sportsman

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Charlotte R. Sent on 10/02/2024
4.8 out of 5 rating

Beautiful venue, amazing food!

We held our wedding reception at ‘The Jolly’ at the end of September and it was just the perfect day for us. The setting is stunning, and the food was amazing. We received so many compliments on the quality of the dishes and how attentive the staff were throughout.

The weather was touch and go, but Rob, Chrissie, and the team were really flexible and accommodating so we could thoroughly enjoy our day.

We stayed there the night before and the night of our wedding day. The rooms were bright, modern and clean with lovely views of the South Downs.

Highly recommend, you won’t be disappointed! Thanks again to all the team.
Emily S. Sent on 14/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect intimate wedding venue

The team at the Jolly Sportsman went above and beyond to make sure our day was perfect. We had a small wedding reception lunch (13 people) in the pub's garden room, with drinks and canapés in the garden beforehand. The team was extremely flexible in meeting our requests and expectations. They were very communicative and made us feel confident that our wedding day was in good hands. The food was delicious and the team worked with us to create our perfect menu. My husband and I stayed in one of the four guest rooms during our wedding weekend; the rooms are very comfortable, spacious, well equipped, and well presented. The Jolly Sportsman itself is set in the East Sussex countryside; the surrounding rural area is beautiful and romantic, yet is within close driving distance to Lewes and Brighton. In particular we would like to thank Chrissie and Rob for making our day perfect! We would highly recommend the Jolly Sportsman for your wedding or special event.
D&S Sent on 05/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Intimate County Pub Reception

We had our wedding reception at the Jolly Sportsman is June 2023 and cannot recommend this venue enough. All our guests commented on the incredible food, service and the stunning garden which we enjoyed all day. We had an intimate wedding with under 50 guests and were still able to privately hire the entire venue.

The highlight for us was the flexibility the Jolly offered. We really didn't want a "package" wedding where the venue dictated the times and what we could do (losing the personal touch) - which the Jolly were really on board with. When we first met with Chrissie (who was amazing throughout) she stressed that the day was ours to choose what we did - which was a breath of fresh air after viewing other venues. Chrissie actioned all our plans, and followed through with everything we asked for making the day perfect. Without a formal wedding coordinator, there is always a concern the bride or groom may end up managing things on the day - this was not the case at all and we both felt like guests at the wedding with attentive service and no element of "hosting" involved.

The pub also has 4 boutique rooms which was great for us as the bride and groom to stay in, as well as family, with an amazing breakfast the wedding morning and next day.

The whole experience with the Jolly Sportsman was faultless from start to finish and I couldn't think of a better place to recommend for a wedding reception if you like excellent food, attentive staff and a stunning location.
Lizzie R. Sent on 05/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

L Richards

The team at the Jolly were really warm, welcoming and accommodating. It really felt like they wanted to make our day as special as they could. The food was delicious, with a special mention to the canapés that were both beautiful and so tasty! It was really nice to have the rooms upstairs for close family to stay. We had a really magical day.
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The Jolly Sportsman, Chapel Lane, East Chiltington bn7 3ba Lewes (East Sussex)
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