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Review added 25/01/2020 17:13 by MaryPopped in for lunch today. Not a particularly enjoyable experience. Barman not familiar with the beers on tap (to be fair he might have been new). Spaghetti pesto ok but no Parmesan offered. Chicken pie (strange textured pastry)served with beans, red cabbage and fries all stacked on top of each other. We requested a cruet and only salt was brought. Very dog friendly.
Review added 27/11/2019 09:30 by anonVisited The Jolly Farmer in Cookham Dean...what a great pub! Lovely village location with a great atmosphere and super staff! Food was excellent, all homemade using locally sourced ingredients. Considering the pub is currently undergoing a full kitchen renovation the quality of food and choice was extremely good! Apparently they are back to their full menu this weekend...I can't wait to return and sample the full menu! It's amazing that they have been able to continue to offer such good food under the current circumstances...well done!
Review added 11/06/2017 18:04 by Hugh LansleyVisited with young son and his mother 11 June '17
Review added 24/01/2017 18:40 by olivergreat food great management owner's are really nice would go back anytime, pizza is just amazing and the steaks are superb i question if you people who gave it a 1 star have even been there?
Review added 03/04/2016 20:16 by Crusty of WokinghamOur party of six with two dogs lunched here on Thursday 31st March. We had not booked in advance and were delighted to have sole use of a small section of the pub, especially with the fan heater disguised as an enclosed fire was put on. Baguettes and jacket potatoes were off, so we pushed the boat out. Hare's leg was good and so was the soup, but the pizzas were thin, tough and lacked taste. The chilli con carne was very poor, with plentiful rice with a small dob of unidentifiable, dark and absolutely tasteless something in the centre.
Review added 04/09/2015 19:10 by miksalEnjoyed a superbly cooked lunch today which was piping hot, good quantities and beautifully served in friendly and efficient manner. Lovely, cosy pub with no irritating music.
Review added 05/08/2015 14:32 by alan woolnoughA 250 year old Pub providing excellent food and beverages in a unique location. The first time we went to the Jolly Farmer was in December 2014 to celebrate my birthday with my wife and family so we were not familiar with its history, charm and attraction rarely seen theses days.
Review added 28/07/2015 19:45 by anonJust read your review anon, but my husband I went there on a Thursday lunchtime and had a beautiful meal, and we eat out a lot so if our meal was **** we would know.
Review added 28/07/2015 18:12 by anonEight of us went for an impromptu meal booking at the last minute on a Saturday night; the fact that they could fit us in should have raised alarm bells. We arrived to a fairly empty place, did the locals know something that we didn't? We noticed that they were offering thrice fried chips (vis a vie Heston B) with their freshly caught fish so ordered that and two others in our party who wanted steak asked to be upgraded in that department too. Well what we received was a tasteless portion of fish and a side dish of regular underdone chips; likewise the steak eaters. So I questioned the waiter about this who didn't seem to know what I was talking about and saw no reason to get the management involved. When you are paying for stuff that is not as advertised without any recourse that in my book is not on and especially as the prices charged for the steak are at a premium would have expected some intervention. Later on in the meal I ordered an Irish coffee only to have this dropped on the floor by the waiter showering two guests and again no intervention from the management. It was only after one of our guests had paid for the meal and on my way out that one of the new owners collared me and apologised for the issue with the chips, never once mentioning the spilt coffee, by which time it was too late. Then it dawned upon me that as other reviewers have posted that whilst the pub revamp might look great it's all superficial to me if they can't address criticism head on or be proactive. So if you want to visit a village pub, owned by the locals, for a social drink then that's fine but go elsewhere for a decent meal because at these prices you should and would get a better level of service elsewhere.
Review added 16/07/2015 17:57 by Jenny RWent for lunch there today had a beautiful meal well cooked =, service excellent, pub looked great. Will definitely go again
Review added 13/07/2015 12:53 by anonWas in the week before last on a Friday - the JF has been completely transformed and now looks like a proper village pub. The garden has been given a new lease of life with new furniture and the food wasn't too shabby either (had a lovely portion of Hake). No complaints about the service - particularly impressed by the very knowledgeable barman who gave me a complete rundown of the wines available. Highly recommended.
Review added 15/06/2015 21:00 by Graham CollisI am so bored reading the mealy mouthed reviews of the Jolly Farmer.
Review added 05/06/2015 00:57 by anonExcellent pint of Timothy Taylor, good fish and chips.
Review added 03/06/2015 12:42 by anonNot that welcoming by the management, slightly arrogant and weird management style, food average, nice garden.
Review added 02/06/2015 22:57 by Charles BronsonGood food cr ap management staff good
Review added 17/05/2015 19:06 by anonHad the roast beef today. My wife had spaghetti with clams. Great food served promptly. Really nice pub with a lovely garden.
Review added 17/05/2015 15:33 by anonProbably the worse meal I've ever had. Service awful. Would not recommend or visit again. Sunday Lunch peak time - nobody else was ordering food.
Review added 05/05/2015 12:45 by anonHad lunch this bank hol weekend, garden great for the kids, service was slow but then it was a busy weekend for them. Great ploughmans.
Review added 24/03/2015 16:58 by anonIt has been a couple of years since I have eaten here, but locals advised I go again as there is a new tenant who is a chef. I am so pleased I did. The service was excellent, the food delicious and piping hot and the wine great; a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. One of my guests has an allergy to dairy, which can be a difficulty, but this was not the case today. Her 'cheese burger' was served without mayo or cheese and was beautifully presented with no fuss and little explanation needed. Our fish and chips were delicious, perhaps the best fish I have had in years. It was real fish, not a frozen pre-formed excuse for fish. I would highly recommend the Jolly Farmer if you have not been there to eat recently, a real village pub with good, reasonably-priced food, excellent service and attention to detail.
Review added 27/02/2015 21:17 by anonTHE JOLLY FARMER IS THE BEST PUB EVER!!!!!!!!!
Review added 27/02/2015 09:24 by BenCame for Sunday lunch after hearing it was under new management. Had a fantastic steak and ale pie, pie was made with the Rebellion ale so felt it was only right to sample a couple of pints of that as well! Such a cosy feeling pub, was great to sit by the fire and doze through the afternoon.
Review added 03/02/2015 12:39 by anonAte here recently - food average, service interesting and manageress weird. Not welcoming place exactly. Trying others round the corner. Beer good tho.
Review added 01/02/2015 20:08 by anonFood is very good; service leaves a lot to be desired. I have been in a few times and I get the distinct impression that the new people have not got a clue how to interact with their customers. This place is essentially a village pub where regulars expect a warm and welcoming atmosphere which you do not get. I don’t care how good the food is if you cannot get good service with a welcoming ambiance then this place will fail, there are too many other places to choose from locally.
Review added 26/01/2015 13:42 by anonSunday Lunch with 4 kids is normally a bit of a trial, but food was tasty and enjoyed by all, it was served hot with a smile, orders were correct , prices were reasonable and there is a play park outside for kids.
Review added 06/12/2014 23:46 by Lovely food but a bit formal for lunchMyself and a friend came for lunch this week after hearing that the Jolly has new owners and has undergone some changes. Yes, we were extremely impressed with the new decor and the food was lovely, however, we had just about got in the door when we were pounced upon by the landlady and ushered through to a table. We found this all a bit formal and actually moved from the table we had been seated at as we like to choose where we would like to sit. Our only other criticism was that for most of the time we were there the landlady was behind the bar having quite a loud conversation on her phone, and when she wasn't talking on her phone she was texting which to us didn't really look very professional at all. We really hope that they are not trying to change this wonderful pub into a restaurant, we love our informal lunches at the Jolly.
Review added 04/12/2014 10:36 by DaveWe went to the Jolly Farmer for Sunday lunch for our first time since the new owners and I have to say that we were slightly disappointed.
Review added 14/11/2014 17:58 by anonWent in with a friend and two children, was made to feel like outcasts
Review added 04/11/2014 09:02 by MarkHad Sunday lunch here last weekend and the roast beef was perfect, when we asked for extra roast potatoes and gravy they appeared immediately. We shared the desert of pancakes, vanilla ice cream, compote of fruits with maple syrup and my other half said it was one of the best deserts she has tasted in a long time. The main course was £13 and £5 for the desert, a bargain in my opinion.
Review added 29/10/2014 18:57 by Ian KinghornCame in after a walk and the lunch of Guinea Fowl was the best pub meal
Review added 27/10/2014 13:50 by StyxPopped in here yesterday to try a Sunday lunch somewhere different, and I'd say it's one of the best roasts we've eaten in Cookham. £12 for Lamb and £14 for Beef keeps it in line with local competition, and it's worth trying for the size of the Yorkie Pud alone. (Substantial to say the least)
Review added 18/10/2014 00:00 by anonI ate in the Jolly Farmer on Friday night. The place has a real feel of warmth there now & the new management team were very welcoming. They've only been in there a couple of weeks but they are making their mark already & for the right reasons. Food was very nice too! Most enjoyable!
Review added 15/10/2014 09:33 by MarkI am not quite sure if we went into the same establishment as the last visitor. I pooped in there yesterday lunchtime, 14/10/14, with a mate and everything was fine. Service was good and friendly, beer was OK and the starter of the spice sausages we both agreed were excellent value for £3.
Review added 14/10/2014 12:34 by anonHad lunch at Jolly - give it a go etc; not impressed yet - service appalling, youngsters who need more training. The Manageress not that welcoming - all a bit disjointed.
Review added 04/06/2014 15:59 by JohnFabulous village pub. Possibly changing hands soon, which is a great shame as the landlady is the kingpin of this wondrous establishment. Great place to drink and eat, especially in the summer.
Review added 30/05/2014 08:09 by anonYou won’t have long to wait the pub is about to change hands in the next few weeks or so. Give it a month to get its act together and then give another try.
Review added 29/05/2014 21:15 by Belle TurnerThis place should be shut on. A dog poo bin in the beer garden, disgusting! And there was dog poo in garden anyway! Unbelievable, can't believe anybody could eat there.
Review added 29/01/2014 13:36 by Chris MWe went on Friday night after work. Great atmosphere cracking litte pub, decided to get the family down for dinner. It was delicious. The staff were lovely, even catering for my fussy children. I had the partridge with parsnip puree and my wife had the pheasant, both were well cooked and tasty. Definitely coing back when its a bit drier as the children spotted the playground out the back.
Review added 07/11/2013 13:52 by anonGreat Beer Festival in October. 10 of the most popular beers, if you could get near them as it was heaving on Fri night! Fantastic atmosphere and they still managed to serve great food too. Top marks all round. No wonder this is rate at the best pub and food in the Cookham/ Cookham Dean area.
Review added 18/10/2013 06:59 by JBThis has always been a friendly pub with great beer, chat and food but it's now gone up a rung after getting a new chef a few weeks back. Speed of service top notch, provided by a very friendly waitress to complete the picture.
Review added 09/10/2013 15:32 by Helen CWe decided to return to the Jolly Farmer after a few months. What a difference a chef makes! The food is really delicious, the presentation was some of the best I've seen in the area. I had the pork belly, It was really tasty.
Review added 04/10/2013 22:04 by anonWell, it seems that they have yet another new chef and if tonight's meals were anything to go by, he is the best yet! OUTSTANDING food, great presentation and top notch service.
Review added 25/09/2013 20:38 by Charl1981Drove down to visit family.
Review added 25/09/2013 20:17 by Ted23New chef = better food.
Review added 19/09/2013 23:30 by Sally RobertsonAfter reading some good and some bad reviews of this pub, my friend and I decided we would give it a bash. We came up for lunch Wednesday, on a rather chilly day, so we were pleased to see the log fire on, a nice and cosy welcome. The barmaid was really friendly and welcoming, she explained it was a small menu as they have a new chef who was in the process of creating a new menu. There was plenty to choose from and we both had lovely meals and decided to share a sticky toffee pudding, which I must say was the best sticky toffee I have ever had. We most definitely will be back to try the new menu. A lovely friendly pub in a beautiful setting.
Review added 28/02/2013 15:40 by busy mumOn a recommendation from a friend,we arranged a half term treat for the family. My boys (6 and 4) loved the wooden playground. It was a great idea. The boys ate first and then played for ages allowing us to have a chat and finish our food, I had the duck breast and my husband, the burger.(Delicious) The sun was shining so we sat outside. It was busy but the service was friendly and i think it was a good idea to order the kids meals first as they came quite quickly, the adult food took a little longer, but worth the wait. A definite play date venue for summer.
Review added 05/02/2013 16:19 by anonEasily the best pub in Cookham Dean. Great drinks, good food, cheerful staff and great beer. This is THE pub in the area and streets ahead of UTC. It was HEAVING after the boxing day games and also when The Fabulous Shirtlifters ( a local jazz band) played there on New Year's Day. Laura the landlady does great work manning the Kaffirs bars at local events all year round too. Lovely garden to use on those rare hot summer days.
Review added 29/10/2012 14:50 by MarkSorry to bore anyone but I am replying to Margret Becket's review, somewhat personal - but no other way of communicating. Margret I know Bob Benwell from the Jolly and the Rugby Club. I mentioned your review and he asked me to reply. He remembers you very well indeed and your friend Annette Dutfield. He said if you are ever in the area let him know and he will meet you at Hocket stables where you used to keep your horse!
Review added 17/07/2012 21:53 by Margaret Beckett (formerly Piercey)Back in the 1950's my parents ran this pub (Bob & Mary Piercey) sadly they are no longer around - but I remember many happy days when it was a village pub. Weekends were usually very busy with celebrities enjoying the company (the Crazy Gang, Roger Moore, Ted Heath, Trevor Howard) to name a few, mingling happily with the locals.
Review added 22/05/2012 19:25 by JB101+ points
Review added 21/05/2012 17:14 by anonTotally amazed at the negative comments on here regarding the Jolly Farmer. I regularly eat at the Jolly Farmer and have attended a number of other functions and have only ever found the management and staff to be polite, hospitable and professional. The recently created children's play area is a great asset to the village, especially given that there are not that many child and dog friendly pubs in the vicinity, and the food delivers a high standard for a reasonable price. The place is always full of happy faces - something that is priceless. You can't buy it and so when you can get it for free why go anywhere else.
Review added 21/05/2012 16:01 by Pauline WillmottRude staff, dirty pub, dog fouling in garden. Try Uncle Toms cabin down the road instead.
Review added 04/05/2012 19:32 by Asil LeeStarted staying in Cookham Dean on business and found the Jolly Farmer welcoming with good food and drink. It seems to have friendly staff and locals. After 20 years in hospitality I'm usually a hard critic but really liked the service and the atmosphere. I'll be back again next week.
Review added 28/04/2012 14:13 by High Road ResidentWe used to enjoy going to the Jolly Farmer for the atmosphere and good, well priced food. We went back this week after a long gap and were disappointed with the standard of the food. Maybe the chef has changed? The menu was run of the mill pub grub, not the inspiring menu it used to be. The pork belly was a bit dry and lacking in flavour and I narrowly avoided food poisoning by sending back my plaice which smelt very high and tasted radioactive. I swapped for sausage & mash but the 'cumberlands' were virtually tastless. In all fairness, we did enjoy the bubble & squeek starter which was tasty, with high quality ingredients and a perfectly cooked poached egg on top. Service was slow but our drinks were deducted from the bill because of the fish being off. It's a shame the little room that used to be an extension of the restaurant has been decommisioned and the pretty mural all around has been painted over. I don't think we'll be eating there again soon.
Review added 24/04/2012 18:32 by anonMy grandparents used to own this pub back in the day they were called John & Dorothy Russell.
Review added 12/03/2012 12:45 by Kim TattersburyWe went here a couple weeks ago for the 1st time. We didn't even get to taste the food or even have a drink as within 5 minutes of arriving our 8 month old son was covered in dog poo. This is wholly unacceptable in a beer garden and nothing short of a health hazard. We obviously left immediately but were told as we left that a family had left an hour earlier as their toddler had trodden in dog poo. On hearing that and now having read the other reviews of this place it is apparent that this the norm there and that the management accept this. Avoid at all costs.
Review added 27/11/2011 18:42 by RobFirst ever visit, as not a local. Lovely building with proper traditional public bar and fire. Very busy but had no trouble getting served. Beer that I had was very good; Sunday roast excellent.
Review added 13/11/2011 14:05 by anonWe went here today to enjoy the sunshine and will not be going back, wish I had read the reviews before we went.
Review added 09/11/2011 19:02 by Paul DintonI have been to the jolly farmer lots of times always found the staff really friendly and polite. Really don't understand these comments on here about dog poo. Really people are you that low. In my opinion these narrow minded people must have a petty grudge or small brains. If the dog is bothering u ask someone to pick it up. Not leave petty comments on a review site.. I Love comming to the jolly expecailly on sunday's for there simple wonderful Roast dinners
Review added 09/11/2011 17:08 by anonVillage shareholders take notice please - too many reviews saying the same things to be the odd sniping comment or coincidence. This would NEVER have happened when a certain someone now operating not so far away was at the helm of the JF many years back - but nor should it happen now. Its a shame but if action isn't taken to rectify these issues then its an even bigger shame!
Review added 09/11/2011 14:21 by anonInteresting to read these reviews, we used to be regulars at the Jolly Farmer and stopped going there this summer because of the dog poo. The garden is full of it, not nice to eat around and certainly not safe for children.
Review added 08/11/2011 16:47 by G MillerAgree will the last review, we left before we ordered any food, the outside tables were filthy and we moved table 3 times to find one without dog dirt next to it, then gave up - hideous amounts of dog dirt in a beer garden, surely this is a health and safety risk???.
Review added 15/10/2011 19:57 by Sarah LindleDISGUSTING, the beer garden is full of dog poo, absolutely unbelievable that a pub could allow this. Will definitely not be returning.
Review added 08/09/2011 15:41 by RonThe Pub, Laura, Staff, food, locals, location, garden, the Soap Box Derby (September), all a really good experiance, cheers, Ron B.
Review added 06/08/2011 20:39 by burger muncherAlways a good meal at the Farmer and good value too. Fresh and cooked to order so no microwave sludge....just wish I could afford to eat out more often!
Review added 05/08/2011 01:39 by lizzykHad a fantastic lunch at the Jolly Farmer. Two of us had haddock and chips, the haddock was beautifully cooked with a very crispy batter and the chips were tasty and perfect. A shared creme brulee and coffee finished off the meal. Definitelybworth a visit.
Review added 02/06/2011 23:47 by Sue and John WilliamsonMy husband and I have only just recently discovered The Jolly Farmer and we were quite shocked at some of the awful comments that have been made. On the occasions we have come in we have found the barstaff cheerful and always willing to help and eager to chat and answer our questions on the history of the pub. The food is fabulous and worth every penny. If I had to make a complaint about rudeness it would be about one of the gentlemen standing at the bar (a regular I presume), who seemed to have the need to interrupt the barmaid when we asked questions, I'm sure sir she is quite capable of answering for herself, and considering we weren't actually talking to him it was really none of his business. Apart from that the locals are a friendly bunch and we will definately be coming again.
Review added 01/06/2011 20:54 by anonI enjoyed sitting in the garden with a pint, but my experience was let down by the landlady: bad-mannered and ungracious. From looking at this page its clear that other people agree with me. Shame really.
Review added 30/05/2011 09:51 by RossFirst visited last year, we also visited every pub between cookham Dean and 'the ferry' in cookham village and and still came back to the Jolly Farmer.
Review added 29/05/2011 21:17 by Anne BurtonLike pubs used to be full. People make pubs! For the first time in a long time we found a public house with everything good staff a fantastic landlady good food and a fantastic setting. Not 100% sure if some of the reviewers on here have visited the same place. We found The Jolly around two years ago and although not regulars we wish we were due to distance Greenwich is a little too far for a nightly visit but we try to get there at least once a month. We are always made to feel very welcome, a good pub should have a mixture of people its a bit similar to making a good fruit cake a few nuts a bit of spice one or two city gents and a lot of familys. We think the Jolly has the right mixture and will keep going back for more.
Review added 29/05/2011 14:40 by CharlHad the pleasure of visiting this pub last april and although it's over a year ago I felt I should write a review after reading the last few!!
Review added 27/05/2011 19:14 by GenevieveI'd heard a lot of the merits of the Jolly Farmer from friends. As I am a long-term resident of Cookham Dean and had never been there, I though I would investigate.
Review added 26/05/2011 18:06 by PhilI have to agree with Brian. The landlady Laura is a very rude woman. I also got the impression that she couldn't care less about her staff. The way she was talking to the waitresses was disgusting.
Review added 26/05/2011 09:52 by Les and SueAs keen walkers and CAMRA members we visit different country pubs every week. We read the reviews listed here before visiting the JF for the first time on a weekday evening. We didn't know what to expect as there is a huge variation in the opinions of the customer reports listed here. We found the pub and garden spotless. The three members of staff we encountered were attentive and helpful. The real ale was excellent. We did not eat but peeking at other customers fare and reading the chalk-board we would be tempted if we visit again which is likely. Not cheap.
Review added 22/05/2011 23:12 by JonathanI am not really sure which pub the last three reviewers were visiting. I don't recognise the descriptions at all!
Review added 20/05/2011 15:49 by BrianNice location, nice pub, but the manager Laura is very rude and lazy and she treats her staff like dirt. I will not be going there again, unless the manager is replaced.
Review added 18/05/2011 15:18 by AlexPoor service, obnoxious manager, too expensive.
Review added 18/05/2011 15:16 by anonI was very disappointed by the Jolly Farmer. I went to the pub on a nice sunny day for lunch and a drink. When I went to the bar to order a pint, the manager was rude and abrupt. She gave me a pint in a warm glass.
Review added 10/11/2010 06:34 by anonGood food, the rabbit was superb. Five different ales. What a pub is supposed to be. Book for weekends though as we had to wait a while for a table. Worth it in the end!
Review added 14/07/2010 16:37 by anonA very friendly pub locals tend to make you feel welcome. It is down to earth and what you see is what you get. It is how pubs all should be. The food is great the portions are good, I believe there are new chefs so the menu has changed.The service is a bit slow at times but it is not a fast food restaurant. I will definatly go again...
Review added 09/07/2010 22:58 by anonNice looking pub, nice location but when we arrived we felt a bit spare with everyone turning to look at us. Reading the other reviews I can see what people mean about the locals. Not too friendly although I must admit our waiter wasnt bad and the food was decent.
Review added 26/04/2010 22:00 by anonWe are local and hadn't ventured to the pub before, so we decided to drop by on Saturday 24th April. The pub was very busy, bar staff handled it OK, though we weren't made to feel as welcome as the obvious long time locals. The waitress we encountered was rude and customer service training is definitely needed!
Review added 24/04/2010 18:03 by anonI went with my family once and will never go again due to a rude encounter with a waitress. Such a shame she let it down.
Review added 16/12/2009 11:04 by Her upstairsEnjoyed another of their great value Sunday roasts; tender meat with delicious gravy, large yorkshire and a good selection of crisp vegetables. Service friendly and polite, rustic charm in abundance (plain wood tables and the pub dog comes to say hello) and an extensive menu catering to all tastes. Decent size car park and open fire. Manageress served us at the bar and was friendly and efficient. I hope this place stays just as it is and is never tempted to contemporise into a bland gastro-pub.
Review added 10/09/2009 11:20 by EUWAVEIt is always possible to find fault in anything if one looks hard enough. The bottom line is that The Jolly is a great village pub. Good quality food [almost all the time] good beer and generally attentive staff. There is no piped music or games machine; it is a pub you go to to enjoy a drink a bite to eat and to chat to people. As for dog mess – it unfortunately goes with a country pub. At any one time on a sunny day you can have half a dozen dogs in the garden. It would be impossible to police every dog to ensure this sort of thing did not happen. Nothing and nobody is perfect. The Jolly and the Jolly’s staff do a very good job. As Laura, the owner, pointed out why wait to make a negative comment after the event, if you have an issue address it whilst you are there.
Review added 23/08/2009 16:19 by anonSunday 23rd August Lunch time meet up with lots of fiends, such a wonderfull location, had a nice time, lots of young children there, running about on the grass, but spoilt by a very large pile of dog pooo, not nice, puts me off going there.
Review added 10/08/2009 16:08 by JoA real village pub in every sense, the food is great and the CAMRA award a wonderful achievement. This is the Jolly Farmer at its best and long may its success, and the crowds, continue.
Review added 09/08/2009 18:49 by Alan JayCrowds coming in on Friday night. Pleased to see, presumably following CAMRA award. Good food, take your pick whether you want to eat formally or informally. Just like a village pub should be, with lots of chatting going on.
Review added 18/06/2009 15:12 by anonGiven the negative reviews recently of THE JOLLY FARMER, we felt it only fair to redress the balance. The good news is that the smell from the toilet areas has now gone - hopefully, it isn't being masked by the new paint! The sandwich menu is much more varied and enticing than before, for which our thanks. Also, we were most impressed by the assistance we received the other day by a member of staff.
Review added 28/05/2009 14:09 by JUsed to work and socialise at the JF for many years [back in the early/mid-90's with Simon and Tracy] and whilst I know the pub has changed management and staff numerous times over the years, it is still a rarity, a village owned country pub, that deserves to be cherished and supported. It's not an easy [or sometimes appreciated] role running a village pub that means so much to so many people, all of whom want and expect different things from their visits, be they regular or not. However talk to each other! Whether it's a smell, unsmiling service, bad pint or indeed if its a great visit, a fab meal, a cracking pint etc - it isn't hard to make an effort to talk - its when you don't that idle chatter turns a great place into a place with an unfair, unjustified and unnecessary reputation. You would all miss the Jolly and be the first to complain if it went...or it turned into somethig a far cry from what it is now - a top pub in a fabulous village!....See that wasn't difficult (o;
Review added 07/05/2009 16:36 by PAT.SHAVE COME ACROSS PUB TOILETS THAT ARE TEN TIMES WORSE, OBVIOUSLY THESE PEOPLE DONT GET OUT MUCH! HAVE TO ADD TOO THAT ALTHOUGH UNCLE TOM'S IS CLOSED AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME HAS ANYONE SEEN AND SMELT THE SEWAGE SEAPING OUT OF THE DRAINS IN THE CARPARK? SURELY A MUCH BIGGER ENVIROMENTAL ISSUE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CORRECT ME IF YOU DISAGREE.
Review added 26/04/2009 20:21 by anonI have just checked into the website after a few days(busy running the beer fest) I am shocked and saddened to read the recent reviews. As a village pub i would expect villagers to approach me about any such problems( I don't bite!!) If they did I could tell them that the toilets are cleaned every, I am trying lots of products but the floor in the gents is very porous and has absorbed uric acid and that a major overhaul of the loos is planned in the next month. In future please talk to me. Laura X
Review added 23/04/2009 22:07 by JoAs another regular of the JF until fairly recently, I wholeheartedly but somewhat sadly agree with the sentiments in the review by Anon. We really like the JF (especially the lovely resident dog) but no longer eat there as we used to.
Review added 23/04/2009 09:06 by anonWe have been visiting THE JOLLY FARMER for many years. Good value 'pub grub', helpful staff and attractive garden. All in all, a very attractive venue. However, we were taken aback when we visited the other day: there is the most appalling smell when opening the door to the toilet area.
Review added 18/12/2008 16:02 by M.AHAD DINNER WITH MY PARENTS THE OTHER DAY, FOOD WAS BRILLIANT AND FAIRLY PRICED THE SERVICE WAS GOOD TOO, SHAME ABOUT THE ATTITUDE OF THE BARSTAFF!
Review added 26/11/2008 10:02 by anonwent there for sunday lunch, food was lovely, and although we were told that the kitchen had run out of Roasts, we all chose delicious alternatives. the service was brilliant, great waitressing staff, friendly and attentive (not to the extreme!)
Review added 01/11/2008 20:22 by A.S.A friendly happy bunch,great food,good service, well what else can i say,((jobs a good un)),keep up the good work...
Review added 19/09/2008 16:20 by Markus LeslieI have been to the Jolly Farmer several times with my parents, who visited me from Germany recently. The staff have been always very friendly, especially the pub landlady.
Review added 19/09/2008 12:38 by anonHave been to the jolly a few times and have never once felt welcolme.Also difficult to get to the bar because of locals propping it up.
Review added 17/09/2008 07:24 by LauraI'm shocked and sorry you had a bad experience in the Jolly. I'm the landlady and very proud of both the pub and my staff. Roger and Rob, if you would like to come up and discuss it with me i would be very pleased to talk to you face to face. Or call me on 01628 482905 Thankyou to everyone who made Sunday such a great day, your patience and sense of fun was amazing!!! L X
Review added 16/09/2008 14:00 by rob hattonNice pub but manager was rude when told lager was a bit flat.
Review added 16/09/2008 12:46 by roger yatesFound staff arrogant and abrupt and felt the locals were the only ones welcolme.
Review added 27/08/2008 15:48 by MaggieI went to The Jolly Farmer for sunday lunch and the beef was cooked perfectly the roast potatoes were nice and crispy and the gravy just finished it of superbly,would recommend to anyone, five stars are appropriate!
Review added 11/07/2008 15:42 by susieThe second chef is'nt bad either!
Review added 01/07/2008 17:26 by HannahThe chef is gorgeous!
Review added 12/05/2008 19:30 by anonThe best pub in the world !!!!!
Review added 02/05/2008 15:47 by freddyexcellent food and good beer,what a pub!
Review added 21/01/2008 11:20 by RicardoWent to the Jolly for a fantastic dinner last week - perfect garlic prawns to start with and a delicious steak and chips for main course. The pepper sauce was just hot enough and the steak as tender as can be. Great service, lovely ambience, the best place to eat at on a Saturday night!
Review added 19/01/2008 15:51 by anonWent to the Jolly Farmer a couple of days ago for lunch. What a pleasant pub. Really vibrant with friendly staff, happy customers and great food.