The Sportsman

4.3
63 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

Top tags:

Sunday Lunch
Come and visit our family run gastro pub and coffee house, with a great selection of ales and spirits. Cosy public bar with full selection of draught beers and cocktails.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 63 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.1
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Linda
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, food was lovely. Group of 21 and everyone happy

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MeganC
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

Well I was quite disappointed with the service we received, we waited for over an hour for our burgers to come. I had ordered a 2nd drink, said to 2 different waiters and never got it yet they put it on the bill. The noise level was high as there were a lot of families with young children in. We were there from 6:30pm on a Saturday night. They didn't clear the empty drink bottles off our table and brought the food out and we didn't even have cutlery on the table yet. The food was decent but I wouldn't be rushing back.

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Daisy
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food. Patch of paradise. Will be back.

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Aine
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Very nice restaurant, staff was very welcoming and friendly. Food was very good. Would happily go back and recommend

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AnnG
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends and I had a lovely meal followed by coffee and a great wee chat after such a long time in lockdown. Lot buzz about the place

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KerryF
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Food was amazing we all had steaks tho the cocktails weren’t great but overall great night

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RobertR
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very enjoyable evening. First class food and service, will definitely be returning soon. Well done everyone at the Crafty Hound.

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LeeanneL
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Was a nice experience, the staff were friendly and attentive. We will be back.

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RobertaM
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was there for my birthday and I got the steak bit small for the money but was very tasty

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SeanJ
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Waited a hr in between courses

Muscles were dirty.... and cold

Brought wrong, Drinks and starter and asked for a garlic dip once mains came and didn't receive. £5.50 for a pint!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had the roast beef and veg was amazing!!!!!

My daughter had lasagne which was also very goods, but did not come with coleslaw like advertised. My other 2 daughters enjoyed the 8oz sirloin and the other had mash and gravy.

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was outstanding 2 days in a row. Staff were brilliant

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KayM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Very disappointed after waiting over an hour we had still not received our food so paid our wine bill and left the premises. There was no information from staff as to what the problem was and this was only revealed when we were leaving. Management who had been very talkative in the early part of the day/evening did everything to avoid us as we left. Not impressed at all.

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christineb
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I booked online which was easy to do. Had intended for drinks only but decided on food after arrival. food was amazingly good and was no dearer than anywhere else. Service was efficient and friendly. I will definitely return again.

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Smith
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The staff were very helpful and kind especially as it was quite busy. The food was lovely.

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ConorD
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Most amazing and high quality food in such a lovely setting! Very friendly staff! Would defnitally recommend

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AnthonyM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This was our first time in the Crafty Hound and I have to say that we had a lovely Christmas dinner. The service was good and the ambiance relaxing and the food of very good quality.we will certainly be back.

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DavidF
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

service and food outstanding and enough on the menu to choose from

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AliceM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely meal as always, nice abs fresh. Lovely cocktails. Staff so helpful and polite

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TiaS
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant food and service! Would 100% go back to here and I really recommend!

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BrendanM
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

we got served the wrong drinks 3 times but apart from that. excellent food and nice and warm

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KirstyF
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible as always!! Staff friendly, food delicious

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AMJ1
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and staff incredibly friendly.

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FionaM
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food as always id give more stars if I could 😊

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LyndaP
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was beautiful, staff very attentive and pleasant

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FR00000
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We had a lovely meal last Friday just what the doctor ordered.

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Lambeg
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fun Friday family dinner at 6pm - lovely food, fantastic service - felt COVID safe and secure. Lovely set up for Christmas - thanks!

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GayleL
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience2

We had phoned to book a table and I said we were on our lunch and only had an hour and could we preorder, instead of doing everything together, I was asked to go to facebook and book a table them phone back to preorder

So I done that

We arrived at 12 and were seated and drinks is order taken, we had pre ordered and it took to 1240 until our food was served

The food was lukewarm, everyone's? We rushed to eat it to get back to work then we asked for the bill and was told to pay at the till, went to the till to pay and was told for a party of 8 there was no card machine as it was broken, and we were asked to pay in cash. We should have been told this on either the 1st phone call to book, the 2nd phone call to preorder, when we arrived, or when we asked for the bill

It meant someone had to leave work again in the afternoon to go back down with the cash

Service wasnt good, food was ok? Wont be rushing back

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Catherine
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food and great atmosphere, will definitely be back

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PhyllisT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

As always we had a wonderful meal we enjoyed every bite and will be back ASAP

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BridgitB
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience3

Lovely food but service could improve waiting ages before being asked for a drink then was while waiting on food. And everyone seemed to walk past us at our table got fed up waiting for service for dessert we left. Have to say food in here is nice but service is seriously slow.

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AliceM
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food, great service. Really nice staff

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KFay
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had lunch with a friend and our 3 kids. Ordered the Steak deal which was amazing and cooked to perfection. Kids loved their meals too.

Service was great, staff really friendly and helpful. Will definitely be back!

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MaryM
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

The starters were good, but the rest of the experience qasn't. Service wasn't great. The service wore a face mask with his nose sticking out. There really is no point in wearing the mask. Ordered a cocktail that was supposed to have mint and lime but what came out was just gin and soda. My bread was burnt for both the starter and the main. My main was the Penne dish which was bland and full of onions (which weren't mentioned in the description). I wouldn't return.

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MaggieF
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Very busy due to eat out to help out , staff very busy and service good. Food was lovely would go back.

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LauraM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We went to "eat out to help out" and both myself and dad had the blade of beef. It was absolutely delicious. I'll definitely be back and would recommend this place to everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was excellent and food was top notch

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AodhanM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice food, great service, lovely surroundings. Would recommend.

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ANurse
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Disappointed with my meal at this venue. Having been seated at our table, the server took our orders & they arrived promptly. The mussels & wings were average in taste & quality. We hadn’t even finished our starters when a waiter plonked our mains down in front of us. The pasta dish & the chicken curry were both bland & I wouldn’t rate them at all. I ended up feeling a little queasy after this meal. Very disappointed.

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MichaelW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Arrived at 6.55 for our 7.00 booking for 4. Stood in the hallway waiting behind other customers until 7.20 before we were shown to our table. Not a good start.

We were handed menus but our table wasn’t set and nobody brought us cutlery. Very quickly a young waiter came and took our drinks order, which also came out promptly.

Another 25 minutes passed and nobody took our food order even though there seemed to be a lot of waiting staff running around. I called one of them over and asked him to take our food order and he replied that we weren’t his table and he would send the waiter over.

Another 10 minutes passed before he returned to tell us that the waiter only had 3 more tables to take orders from before she would get to us. It’s almost 8.00 now.

We sat on chatting for a while before an older lady (I presume was the manager) happened to glance over to where we were sitting, my hand up trying to get someone’s attention.

I explained we had been here more than an hour and hadn’t even ordered food yet. She apologised profoundly for the wait, and tbh it was her sympathetic approach that prevented us from leaving at that point.

She took our order, brought us the cutlery and we waited. 10 minutes later the starters arrived. By this stage I was amazed that only one of them was wrong. But again she apologised and brought out the final correct starter.

Main course arrived within a reasonable time after we finished our starters but again, the food wasn’t correct. Medium steaks were well done and vice versa. By this stage, we just ate the food because starvation mode had set in.

Overall, the food itself was just ok. Not great. But the service was unacceptable. Doubt we’ll be back.

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StuartM
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Went to this restaurant last Wednesday and booked well In advance as I new they would be best but when we came we got put into the pub bit and the had give our table to walk ins! Also food was poor got lasagna and it was like something you would cook in the microwave! Wouldn’t recommend

FAQs

The Sportsman offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 028 9266 3994.

The Sportsman is rated 4.3 stars by 63 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.