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The Jolly Farmer Inn, Guildford

High Street
Postal town: Guildford

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Moby Duck left this review about The Jolly Farmer Inn

This came as a welcome surprise to me on a quick unplanned visit.I walked into this pub expecting an ordinary selection of one or two beers to be confronted by an excellent and interesting choice in the main, Irving - Frigate, Slightly Foxed - Slightly Foxed,Nethergate - Mary's Ruby Mild, Bowmans Swift One,Peakstones Rock - Oblivion and a token usual suspect in Youngs Bitter, a good choice, I tried the 3.8% Bowmans Swift One, as I was hamstrung by driving duties, and it proved to be a good choice.The interior is as described by Malden man below , ( who seems to be making a habit of getting to these pubs a month or two before me of late), but he is spot on , a wonderful pub and I was particularly taken by the ornate wood carvings on the vertical part of the bar itself.
I would have no trouble dropping in here again.

On 11th July 2015 - rating: 8
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Malden man left this review about The Jolly Farmer Inn

A truly marvellous pub that ticks all the boxes for me, I arrived after a lovely river and former railway trackbed walk from Guildford, thirsty and in need of a decent spot to relax. Outdoor seating to the front, steps lead up to a lobby with the drinking areas winding around and a restaurant area to the rear. The low beamed ceiling is liberally covered with beer mats, some from many years ago, pump clips surround the bar. The front area is carpeted, stone flagged to the side, the rear restaurant has exposed roof trusses containing stuffed birds. This theme continues with a stuffed eagle on the bar plus other birds here and there.
Lots going on décor wise, brewery mirrors, cigarette cards, rows of plates and saucers along the ceiling beams, tin adverts, a vintage one armed bandit, pewter tankards and jugs on hooks, blow torches, agricultural implements, a fish tank, bookcase, you name it. Various games behind the bar.
Seating is traditional, benches, pews, stools and so on, no silly high tables here.
There is a proper old beer selection here too, Sunday had Bowman Swift One, Partner's Tabatha, Nethergate Magna Carta, Nelson Friggin' in the Riggin', Youngs Bitter and Dunscot Bridge Amber Ale.
A superb pub, so well worthy of me finishing my walk in, buses back to Guildford hourly at 42 past, opposite the Esso garage nearby.

On 11th May 2015 - rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Jolly Farmer Inn

Very traditional atmosphere with two drinking areas either side of the front door with a real fire making it a cosy place to sup ale .L shaped bar has at least six real ales available ,generally from small micros including the close by Hogs Back Brewery.Ale quality is high.Beyond the bar is a spacious restaurant area in what looks like an old barn and the food is very well cooked,authentic pub grub and worth the slight premium pricing.My only small gripe is that the gas effect fire in the restaurant seems out of place but otherwise this is a top establishment with great service and remarkably clean loos.A must visit.

On 8th February 2010 - rating: 8
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