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Jolly Brickmakers, Holmethorpe, Redhill

60 Frenches Road
Phone: 01737789388

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John Bonser left this review about Jolly Brickmakers

In a residential side street on the edge of Holmethorpe Industrial Estate, a mile or so north of Redhill – in terms of stations, it’s almost closer to Merstham – is The Jolly Brickmakers, a smallish, unpretentious, but warm and welcoming community local.

As we approach the pub, we see that it’s badged as a Brakspears pub with the prominent accompanying bee logo. As those of us who made the pilgrimage to Henley when there was a brewery there – Brakspears Henley Brewery of course – will fondly remember, Brakspears was a name much revered by real ale enthusiasts in days long gone. Now of course the Henley Brewery is sadly no more and the Brakspear Pub Company is a trading company owned by Marstons ( formerly Wolves and Dudley ).

The Jolly Brickmakers is a comfortable, carpeted pub with two adjoining bars, obviously separate rooms once. The area on the left has a snooker table, some wood panelling and, high up on a shelf, a collection of darts trophies. The area on the right has a bar billiards table, a Bass mirror, a smallish unobtrusive TV and a shelf with books which can be borrowed with proceeds to charity. Seating consists of traditional tables and chairs in both rooms. A door at the back leads out to a covered smokers shelter.

On my recent Saturday lunchtime visit, the friendly landlady, Judith, had prepared a small buffet for the local hockey team who had just completed a league fixture. It is clear that this a pub at the heart of the local community. A notice on the pub sign tells us that “there are no strangers here, only friends you have yet to meet”.

3 beers were on – Brakspears Bitter, Ringwood Fortyniner ( both of which appear to be regular beers ) , plus Wychwood Dogs Bollocks as a guest. Large posters by the bar give tasting notes for each of the beers. There’s also some framed Brakspear posters. Both the Brakspears and the Ringwood - £ 3.00p and £ 3.20p respectively – were in good form. The pub has made the 2012 Edition of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide – it’s first entry, I think.

It’s a bit of a walk from Redhill station, but it’s on a bus route ( 430). This pub isn’t going to uproot any trees, but I found it to be a likeable place and I’d happily call in again

On 23rd November 2011 - rating: 7
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Richard Holland left this review about Jolly Brickmakers

The Jolly Bricks as it is known by regulars is 400 yards north of the position shown on the map, it is a locals pub with customers from all walks of life. The pub motto is "There are no strangers here only friends you have yet to meet".

On 19th May 2004 - rating: 10
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