The Sportsman Birthday Lunch

The plaudits for The Sportsman in Seasalter near Whitstable, are legion. In a nutshell it’s a pub doing simply brilliant food. Many a diner has booked a day return to Whitstable, or trundled down the A2 to enjoy it’s hospitality. And so if you’re interested in good British food, you’d be remiss not to pay it a visit. Consequently it seemed the natural choice for a birthday lunch.

Birthday Lunch at The Sportsman, Seasalter. Kent

We got there early, and so with 20 mins to kill we introduced ourselves to the locals.

Birthday Lunch at The Sportsman, Seasalter. Kent

Once inside, seated and whistle whetted by a pint of Early Bird Spring Hop Ale the tasting menu began. First up, pork scratchings and herring on soda bread

Birthday Lunch at The Sportsman, Seasalter. Kent

Next came smoked turbot roe with homemade cheese and nettle puree. This went down well with my 10 month old daughter.

Birthday Lunch at The Sportsman, Seasalter. Kent

The ever wonderful breads and homemade butter put in an appearance

Birthday Lunch at The Sportsman, Seasalter. Kent

A Baked oyster with Jersey cream and rhubarb granita was brilliant, rhubarb taking the place of a squeeze of lemon in providing a citrus hit. And gentle baking oysters adds to their creaminess. Again, popular with the nipper.

Birthday Lunch at The Sportsman, Seasalter. Kent

This was a delight, in the little tart was a curry style sauce that offered a little warmth.

Birthday Lunch at The Sportsman, Seasalter. Kent

OMG a little Dover sole with smoked chilli butter – stunning

Birthday Lunch at The Sportsman, Seasalter. Kent

The Sportsman’s home cured ham, with explanatory note. (There was more when it arrived, but we set about it before I’d picked up the camera.

Birthday Lunch at The Sportsman, Seasalter. Kent

The booze.

Birthday Lunch at The Sportsman, Seasalter. Kent

Brill, with a smoked herring sauce. “It’s not often you see nice grey food” said Kate.

Birthday Lunch at The Sportsman, Seasalter. Kent

Lamb breast, breadcrumbed with mint sauce. Which was rather sweet, in a good way.

Birthday Lunch at The Sportsman, Seasalter. Kent

Lamb three ways with horseraddish greens.

Birthday Lunch at The Sportsman, Seasalter. Kent

Lemon posset, again popular with the little one

Birthday Lunch at The Sportsman, Seasalter. Kent

Lemon tart and ice-cream

Birthday Lunch at The Sportsman, Seasalter. Kent

Happy birthday to me!  A nice final touch, and in all, a truly excellent lunch.

A tasting menu is an opportunity for a chef to tell you their story, to showcase their wares and take you on a bit of an adventure. Stephen does this and more I believe. He uses it as a medium for the conveying of happiness, that’s what this meal was to me, four hours of indulgence, laughter and enjoyment.

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2 Responses to “The Sportsman Birthday Lunch”


  1. 1 Chris May 5, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I love the way you couldn’t wait to dig in to some of the dishes before you remembered to take a photo! Always a good sign.

    So glad the little one could eat some of it too – and I bet you found the atmosphere very welcoming for children. You wouldn’t get that in Petrus.

  2. 2 Helen May 6, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I am like, the ONLY person who has not been to the effing sportsman. The crew went down last year but I was too poor to join them. I am still too poor. Anyway, this is about you. Happy birthday! That breast of lamb looks incredibly good. I am very pleased to hear that you are feeding the nipster anything and everything. Good work Webbster, good work.


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