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Jack and Jill Inn, Clayton

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Disappointing visit food wise though couldn't fault the cider. Several meals are hugely overpriced, who'd expect to pay more than a tenner for macaroni cheese? The old boy behind me was harumphing about the small size of his potted prawn light lunch & asked if he'd been given the starter instead, (no) so demanded extra bread.
c_and_j - 20 Feb 2012 13:55
We decided to try somewhere new for Sunday lunch and a pint so booked a table at the Jack and Jill Inn after reading several promising reviews. Jeez, were we disappointed. One roast lamb and one pie and chips both over 10. I would value these meals at 4.99 - 5.99 - there was no real effort and it just looked basic with not enough of anything. Naturally I was looking forward to a good pint but soon discovered they only had Adnams and something weird which didn't taste good at all. To top it off we were seated in a 'restaurant area' and left the Jack and Jill smelling of the kitchens. Depressing when there are so many great pubs we could have gone too.
craig_brighton - 8 Jan 2012 22:23
This is the place to go if you want a proper pie. None of that casserole with a bit of puff pastry perched on the top but a proper double crust. I had a couple of baked mackerel washed down with Westons organic cider, we'll be back. And if you go to the bungalow behind the pub in New Way Lane you can buy a stylish bird table for a tenner from an old boy who makes them.
c_and_j - 11 Nov 2011 23:17
A very dissapointing time for our local pub.
Food ok, but waited 1 hour 35minutes, after being told it wouldn't be more than an hour.
Gents toilets "Out of Order"
Garden in need of an update.
Tables inside and out piled hig with dirty crockery
For a local pub service needs to be reviewed along with kitchen staff
clarkk - 25 Sep 2011 16:29
This is a very mixed review because some aspects of this pub are great and others not so great.

Was here for a funeral of a very close friend. Travelling 350 miles we stayed in the "Ensuite Accommodation" which has been recently refurbished according to their website. Well I think the refurbishment took place just before the advent of the internet because it was damp, shoddy and very dirty. They knew we were visiting 5 days prior to our arrival and so you'd think they'd make sure the room was warm on arrival. We arrived at 2pm and it took a good 8 hours to warm the room. We put the oil filled radiator on full and pulled back the bed clothes to air them off as they were cold and moist.

The shower head was held onto the pole with string, the cold tap didn't stop running and the windows were filthy (on the inside) with mould and dirt from the damp in the room. I agree it's out of season but they knew almost a week in advance about our arrival.

The good side was the bar, the food was probably the very best pub food I have ever tasted, on the pricey side yes but delicious and with hearty portions. Wine list pricey but good quality wines, not 2.99 supermarket wines hiked up to a tenner.

Garden seen better days but it is out of season. Very little mobile signal. Broadband dongles do not work here if you need to use your laptop when visiting or staying. Pub could do with adding some free wifi, especially for overnight guests.
jazmincleo - 10 Dec 2009 09:59
We visited on a weekday lunchtime and ordered roast pork from the extensive menu which was served promptly and on an oversized and full large plate, complete with no less than six veg. Staff were friendly and efficient. Previously we've visited at busier times (sometimes very busy) at weekends and also experienced efficient service. The pub has a large, if unexciting, garden and inside it was clean and comfortable, although agree with previous comments about being in need of modernisation, particularly the toilets.
micbinks - 30 May 2009 16:53
Have visited on a few occasions whilst on holiday from New Zealand
probably the best pub food in Sussex ,great value ,friendly bar staff and well kept beers ,the garden is a delight on a good day with fantatic views over the downs ..highly recommend
FECRSE - 15 May 2009 02:09
My last visit was a bit dissappointing. The food and beer were still good but the prices have taken a hike. The Harveys seems to have been replaced with beers from the Hammerpot Brewery (new one on me) so I played it safe with the guest ale (Spitfire). I can still recommend the place but you can do at least as well elsewhere in the area.
REVERENDBAZ - 5 Mar 2009 08:11
I went to this pub for the first time in ages, to watch the London - Brighton veteran car run and was impressed enough to visit again a few weeks later when things were less hectic.

I found the beer to be well kept and the food was good value. This is not a pretentious place, like so many in the area, but a good down to earth pub. Yes, it could do with a lick of paint but licks of paint seem to turn into complete refurbs and a reincarnation as a poncey wine bar, so leave it as it is I say.

The staff are polite and friendly too and coped very well when the place was heaving with the London - Brighton crowd.
gareth1011 - 3 Dec 2008 14:15
Well worth a visit - good beer and food
peterwarlock - 29 Aug 2008 08:50
Cosy, but not one which i will rush back to. The garden is a bit noisy because of the road nearby. The beer was ok and the staff were friendly - it just lacks atmosphere.
flagship - 22 Aug 2007 14:15
Last Sun lunchtime we stopped by for a quick pint of Youngs, (not a beer i would normaly choose in a pub I didnt know, because it is a harder beer to keep well).
Anyway I went for it - nice pint, great small pub atmosphere, food looked good although we didnt eat.
yardale - 20 Jul 2007 18:00
Good Food, Good Ale
evangelina - 19 Jul 2007 17:51
Is in need of decorating, the ceiling is a lovely shade of nicotine and all the furniture has seen much better days. The food is good, steak is excellent if a bit pricey. Lots of real ales and the landlord knows his cellar. Lovely views from garden but on a busy main road so noisy
sussexsingle - 13 Jul 2007 11:07
a good selection of ale when i called.but a bit expensive tho. even have dark star now and again. needs a lick of paint on the outside, but inside a lovely back bar. barman a bit grumpy when you spoken to him . been a couple of years since i last called in, [very rude last time]but will call again.
ginthedog - 18 Jan 2007 19:50
I can only say similarly good things as everyone else.
Service was spot-on, cheerful, attentive, and welcoming. Didn't try the food so can't comment. Atmosphere was relaxed and quiet - unsurprising at early evening on a Tuesday.
Excellent real ale - regularly changing guests. When I visited they had Dark Star's Winter Solstice, Bishops Finger, and one other I can't remember just now ...
Another big plus ... it has a bar billiards table.
tewey99 - 11 Jan 2007 18:11
One of the best local pubs we have ever been to. The service is excellent and always welcoming and the food is outstanding and good value for money. Along with the atmosphere and good beer an excellent place to spend you time and well earned money
CJaneC - 22 Oct 2006 19:13
Good food but a bit pricey, excellent if your a Real Ale fan!
anonymous - 17 Sep 2006 18:22
Good solid home cooking, fantastic roasts, big portions. Starters expensive, mains reasonable. Always a guest beer, usually local brewer
Gwennie1959 - 21 Mar 2006 10:14
Smashing country pub with regularly changing cask ales and an excellent menu. Their pies are particularly worth trying. Same owners as the Royal Oak a couple of miles up the road.
REVERENDBAZ - 6 Feb 2006 14:03

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