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The Jolly Sailors, King's Lynn

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Main Road
Brancaster Staithe
Postal town: King's Lynn
PE31 8BJ
Phone: 01485210314

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Thuck Phat left this review about Jolly Sailors

It's a very good boozer The Jolly Sailors with something for everyone. To the left on entry is a small bar like area which is often used for drinking by locals, to the right a small games room with dart board and television which shows the rugby occasionally and can generate a good atmosphere. Beyond these two rooms are another 2 which tend to be used for either drinking or eating one of which has a large wood burner making it a cosy spot in the winter. Then at the back is a large room which is used as restaurant. Outside is a large garden with a small playground which is very popular in the summer with locals and tourists alike and can get very busy.
The whole place is very popular during the summer but they are used to this and it's an efficient operation with little waiting around for either drinks or food. In winter it's a less busy but cosy haven.
Food is good but not especially cheap, the tourist effect I'd guess. Regular pub staples are interspersed with local delights such as mussels or crab depending on the season and they also offer a range of pizzas from the pizza oven which are excellent.
Beer: Three handpumps are on offering Brancaster Best, which I think is brewed on the premises, Woodforde's Wherry and Adnams Old Broadside. The Best aside it's a pretty uninspiring choice but the Best goes down well even if at 3.8% calling it a Best is probably pushing it.
The Jolly does try to be all things to all men through all seasons and by and large it succeeds which is no mean feat. I've been using it for a few years and will definitely continue to do so when in the area.

UPDATE JULY 2011

The Jolly continues to go from strength to strength. Despite visiting during school summer holidays the service was as friendly and efficient as ever, the food as good, with mackerel fillets and samphire going down especially well, and the beer improved. On offer was Woodforde Wherry, Adnams Broadside, Brancaster Best and Oystercatcher. The Oystercatcher was excellent, one of the best pints I've had in this part of Norfolk and Brancaster beers are now, I believe brewed by the local Beeston Brewery. I hope that they keep the contract and would continue to recommend The Jolly as one of the best boozers in this part of the world.

UPDATE August 2012

As good as ever and continues to do what it does very well.
Service is excellent and friendly even at the busiest times and it does get busy.
Food remains consistently good with pub staples and pizzas from their oven supplemented by specials which tend to be local and seasonal. I'm yet to have a bad meal here and I've had a few.
There's now an ice cream hut in the garden which also serves lager for those who can't bear to be inside when it's not raining.
Beer offered was Brancaster Oystercatcher and Sharpie, both excellent and now, I believe, brewed in Brancaster at a 5 barrel plant, Woodforde Wherry and Adnams Broadside.
A great all round pub and one which now has some of the best beer in the area. I'll be back.

On 6th August 2012 - rating: 9
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Jolly Sailors

Probably heaving in mid-Summer, but had a nice, friendly, traditional feel that brightened an otherwise dull and unseasonably cold April day. Enjoyed my pint of their own-brew IPA. Recommended.

On 21st April 2008 - rating: 8
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