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Eight Jolly Brewers, Gainsborough

1 Silver Street
DN21 2DN

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Old Boots left this review about Eight Jolly Brewers

Micro in an old warehouse type building. 8 possibly 9 pulls which looks like 6 too many, on a lunchtime my first beer was off, replaced without fuss with one from same brewery that was off too so third time lucky which was fine, again done with aplomb and care. Not a case of not pulling pipes through, or a poor pub but probably too many lager drinkers and maybe a brewery drinkers don’t take to. Brick floor and walls, old local photos as decor. Lager Guinness cider wines and spirits available. Bantering locals and effervescent barmaid. Even so probably the best of the group of pubs in and around Silver Street.

On 26th September 2019 - no rating submitted
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Will Larter left this review about Eight Jolly Brewers

A particular favourite of mine, this pub is that rare beast, a beer exhibition that is well used by locals. There's a plethora of hand pumps, but the turnover must be quite something here, despite the pub's small size, because I've never had a tired beer when I've made the trip out to Gainsborough. This week's visit, not for the first time, was the end of a cycle ride from Sheffield, but I've also been here on the train, the Lea Road station being a brisk 20 minute walk away.

Outwardly, the pub is unprepossessing, being an adapted brick-built warehouse with the toilets, in an extension added to the front, hardly adding to the visual appeal. Inside there's just the fairly cramped single room downstairs, with a smallish bar - I've sat in the upstairs room in the past, but that seems to be discouraged these days.

There's always a good atmosphere, in my experience, with regular customers coming and going, and looking to involve strangers in the banter and invective which masquerades as conversation. There's a Monday afternoon tradition of someone amongst the regulars bringing a random food offering - this week some Wasabi peas and nuts, a platter of M&S cheese and some crackers - to share with whoever turns up.

There were a couple of beers from Oxfordshire Brewery, their Marshmellow being particularly interesting, a couple from Elgoods, and some others that I cannot now recall. Most were around or just under £3 a pint, but the Elgood Black Eagle imperial stout, at 8.7%, was £2 for a half. Worth every penny, though.

On 18th June 2014 - rating: 8
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Harry Verchi left this review about Eight Jolly Brewers

8 JB'S Has had a face lift and is a lot cleaner now. The owner still treats the upstairs as his own personal front room. The pub does have a good array of beers and there is UPTO 8 beers on if anyone can be bothered to change a barrel when one sells out.
The main problem is that they like to charge city prices in a town pub and they get away withit.

On 13th March 2013 - rating: 8
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Thuck Phat left this review about Eight Jolly Brewers

The Eight Jolly Brewers spreads over 3 levels and on our visit the upstairs bar had a live band on so, as our focus was on supping, we stayed downstairs. Bar staff were friendly and knowledgable, good news in an establishment offering an ever changing range of 7 or 8 real ales. Seven ales were on over a wide range of styles and strengths and including several from local breweries. The selection included Bucking Fastard from Northumberland Brewery, two from the Glentworth Brewery in Doncaster, Idle Sod from the The Idle Brewery just up the River Trent and the excellent Butlers Revenge from the Shugburgh Brewery. This was crafted by Titanic which may explain its quaffability and Titanic also had a Nautical Mild on. A must visit in Gainsborough for the real ale aficionado.

For real ale the Eight Jolly Brewers continues to be the venue to head for in Gainsborough and is worth something of a detour for a visit.
The building itself is an old, solid brick built warehouse, presumably used to store and handle goods transported on the nearby River Trent in its former life. It's surprisingly small inside and you walk directly into the small and cosy bar with seats to the right and bar area to the left. The seating's upholstery has seen better days but that's more than compensated for by the bank of nine handpumps on the bar.
On our visit the following ales were on: Wentworth WPA and Europa, Great Heck Voodoo Mild, Black Country Pig on the Wall and Fireside, Castle Rock Hemlock, Glentworth Light Year and Summer Games. There's also a cider on. Many of these are local breweries and friendly, knowledgable advice from behind the bar as to what might go down best was freely offered. The WPA and Voodoo Mild were both in top condition and went down very well.
This is a deservedly popular real ale haven and one I'll always be happy to visit.

On 16th June 2012 - rating: 9
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Eight Jolly Brewers

Look any pub selling Bucking Fastard has to get my vote,and this is a real gem of an ale house.Great variety of constantly changing beers most from microbreweries ,well kept with friendly service and very reasonable prices this is the place to drink in Gainsborough.The interior is a little worn and this conversion of a wharehouse has only limited views over the nearby Trent but ale is the priority here,even when the folk musicians are plucking away on Thursdays.

On 10th May 2010 - rating: 9
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TERRY DALES left this review about Eight Jolly Brewers

Vibrant downstairs bar is always busy, while upstairs is a more peaceful drinking ara serving an ever changing selection of up to eight real ales at reasonable prices,worth seeking out

On 7th June 2007 - rating: 10
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