Bar Man, by Jeff Hoyle, July 22, 2016
I have never been to Whitstable in Kent, so the delights of the nearby Sportsman at Seasalter have eluded me. Why make the effort when it is described, even on its own Twitter account, as a ‘grotty rundown pub by the sea’? The interior doesn’t sound much better. Who wants to make a trip to see an ‘old-school bar, mismatched wooden tables and chairs, and a simple blackboard menu’? Well, more people than would have done a couple of years ago as the pub has just been awarded first place in the 2016 National Restaurant Awards, alongside its Michelin star.

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