Thoroughly recommended for a Jolly time!

Review for Jolly Sailors

The “Jolly” is a “traditional” north Norfolk pub situated beside the main coast road in Brancaster Staithe. It has a flagstone floor, an airy and bright interior and mainly old-style wooden chairs, pews and tables. Its location means it is able to caters for locals and tourists alike, being very close to the staithe itself, and to the north Norfolk coastal footpath, it is a popular eatery with the boating set, birdwatchers and ramblers alike. Muddy boots and wet coats are welcomed and pleasingly, the pretencious snobbery found in so many of north Norfolks pubs and eateries these days is virtually absent. The large garden is very popular in the summer when “al fresco” dining is much in demand. For wet days, and during other seasons, a large dining area attached to the rear of the pub caters for most needs, and for those who prefer to eat in the ambience of the pub itself, a number of small rooms and alcoves maintain a degree privacy, even on a very busy day. The Jolly is renowned locally for its home-made pizzas with six or seven “regulars” on offer including Fish Calzone (garlic cream cheese and smoked salmon, peas and mozarella) and The Jolly Fiorentina (mushrooms, spinach, egg, mozarella and parmesan). There is also a list of around thirty additional items (olives, harissa, prawns, anchovies, meatballs, goats cheese, bacon, chicken, pepperoni, onion marmalade, etc) to add to a stanard Margherita to “make your own”. Aside from the pizzas there is a selection of home-cooked starters and main course dishes with seasonal local seafood high on the list (the mussels are a dream. Other dishes on the menu include vegetarian options, battered fish and chips, pasta, a curry and a hearty pie or sausage and mash-type dish is always available. A small but tempting dessert menu is available for those with room to fill. All of the food I have sampled is very tasty and sensibly priced. Service is good, even at the busiest of times and food always comes to the table at the temperature you would expect. There is always a selection of well-kept real ales available (from the local Brancaster brewery amongst others) as well as various lagers and Guinness. The Jolly has a pleasant, down to earth, warm, homely feel to it, has friendly and efficient staff and in case you hadn’t already guessed, it is thoroughly recommended. However, there is one caveat – it can get extremely busy at meal times in the summer months