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The Jolly Sailor, South Norwood, SE25

64 High Street
SE25 6EB

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Rex Rattus left this review about The Jolly Sailor

A plaque on the wall outside proclaims that this is on the site of the Jolly Sailor, built in 1810, which was the oldest pub in South Norwood. So, this pub must be a rebuild then. Anyway, this is one of those places that looks like a half decent pub from the outside, but flatters to deceive. There are a few tables and chairs, a sofa, and that's about it. There's a pool table on the right, a TV on the back wall, and with an island bar in the centre of the room.

The barman helpfully advised me on walking up to the bar that they don't sell bitter (I must have the look of a bitter drinker - but the absence of real does make me feel that way!), and the only drinks on draught were Fosters, Kronenbourg and Guinness. They've obviously tried to make it look a bit upmarket since Pubsignman's visit (they don't open until the fashionable time of 4.00 PM during the week). I don't think I'll be bothering to make a return visit.

On 22nd July 2017 - rating: 3
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Jolly Sailor

One of a number of pubs on a short stretch of South Norwood's High Street, this is yet another two bar pub that has had the partitioning walls removed. We are left with an island bar and little sense of any distinctive former rooms, although the right hand side of the pub houses a pool table and dartboard, so it is perhaps safe to assume that this was the public bar. The place is carpeted throughout, with obscured windows and red and grey walls. The window in the door has the image of a ship's wheel in it, which is part of the pub's nautical theme which sees a ship’s clock, model ships and some oars on display among other things. A large Charringtons mirror and various Crystal Palace flags are also prominent.
Despite two handpumps, no ale was available, so I had a Guinness instead (£3.00), which was below par. Boards outside proclaimed all manner of drinks promotions, mostly on lager. My theory that any pub which shows 'At the Races' on their TV screens is likely to be terrible was not really disproved, with a few sorry looking individuals avidly following the action. Entertainment was otherwise provided by a very loud juke box which seemed to be programmed with a selection of hits from the 50's and not much else.
I didn't care much for this place and felt that it's the sort of pub that only the locals will ever really enjoy. I finished my Guinness and made a swift exit for somewhere a little less depressing.

On 9th April 2011 - rating: 3
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