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Jolly Sailor, Canterbury

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Quite a large pub with floorboards and a general woody feel to it. Cheap food on the menu. Only had Masterbrew on tap, which I am not a fan of. Had a dry fizzy cider called Somersby aswell
Buster_M - 12 Jun 2013 10:14
I was attracted to the architecture of the building, it is very attractive. I was pleased that traditional local cider Old Rosie was available, something I never heard of. I would like to go back to try some other traditional drinks. I would like it if more pubs sold soft drinks like teas and coffees, and am not sure they do that here. I wasn't aware of any local bar snacks, other than the mainstream crisps. I didn't see the pub stock any local crisps such as Kent Crisps. It was quite old and dark which was quite cosy. It would be nice to have a wall with some books to have a look at or some newspapers. Maybe there were some but I couldn't remember seeing any. It had a very masculine feel, which was slightly uncomfortable. It is not the sort of place a woman would want to go on her own. I would definitely go back to try out more local ciders.
cyclechick - 13 Sep 2011 11:58
Seems to be very much aimed at the 1 a shot student brigade. Left the majority of my pint as I'm not a fan of drinking vinegar.
UrbanGenieThing - 3 Apr 2010 15:54
I love this pub! for one.. it sells sailor jerry's rum... the best drink, found in only the coolest bars/pubs! and then there's the good student/local atmosphere.. attractive staff.. and the landlord.. what can i say? a legend...!
i have spent many an enjoyable evening aboard the jolly sailor!
minorwean - 14 Jan 2009 21:12
This is one of the finest pubs around Canterbury! It is mainly a student pub with many of the Canterbury Christ Church Univerity within close staggering distance.

The pub landlord is a fantastic bloke and all the bar staff are brilliant - prices are good, beers are good with Master Brew and Speckled Hen on pump. The lager on offer includes Fosters, Stella and 1664 and just recently they've added Bulmers Cider on tap through a super chiller, so you dont need the ton of ice in the glass!

They have many offers like Sailor Jerry and Coke for 1.95 but this changes from time to time. The sailor also holds loads of themed parties, sporting events and you can catch the main games on the flat screen TV's and projected image in the back room!!!

Fantastic pub, fantasic drinks, great prices and brilliant staff! You cant go wrong here!
Adzi - 13 Jan 2009 15:18
Rather characterless pub (supposedly having a nautical theme, but apart from the name you would be hard pressed to identify it). Claims to be an 'ale house', but only has two handpumps. Nice enough pint of Masterbrew, though.
rpadam - 17 Dec 2008 21:25
Had a nice couple of pints in here yesterday the service was good and the pub had a really nice atmosphere
Gunner1 - 22 Oct 2008 09:37
Waiting for the limited attention of the barmaid gave us time to notice the smell of stale beer / b.o. / halitosis and the general air of dilapidation (both pub and inhabitants). The beer may have been excellent but I doubt it. Walked out into the fresh air. 1 point for being open.
Hopsucker - 4 Jun 2007 11:47
It is a very nice pub, with a good atmosphere, good beer and a lovely barmaid ! There is a jukebox whith a wide choice of songs.
Knut - 2 Apr 2007 20:41
Thought I'd wander in to see if there was any change here. Outside, the pub sign proclaimed proclaimed it to be an "ale house". Call me Mr Picky, but I do not consider a pub that only has one engine on selling Bass to be an ale house.

On entering, it was packed out with incredibly noisy football supporters from Italy. There was no chance of struggling through to the bar.

Downgraded to 3/10.

If you fancy a decent pint and you've just been to The Dolphin, then pass this pub by, as you're only a couple of minutes walk from The New Inn in Havelock Street.


5thearlofwimbourne - 4 Nov 2006 14:45
It used be a good, lively pub. Now it's a crappy bar-lite waste of space. Another of the many pubs in Canterbury to avoid.
CJG - 18 Oct 2006 16:57
A sad shadow of its former self, after having been vandalised, sorry - "tastefully refurbished" by Twitbreads.
5thearlofwimbourne - 9 Feb 2005 15:08
Nice pub, away from the centre of town, mainly younger crowd, Ok beer, good larger and Guiness(espExtra Cold).Nice for arternoon tipple whilst out "shopping"!
carbs - 14 Jan 2005 11:37
I am currently working at this pub, and I love it! It can be a quiet local pub, but is also enjoyed by many students, myself being one! A popular day is Wednesday, as the pub sponsers the rugby team and cheerleaders of Canterbury Christ Church University College and the atmosphere is amazing!!! I am recommending the pub as it's such a nice place to work and go out, and has sexy barmen!!! Pop in and see what you think if you are ever in the area!!!
Caroline_Mackenzie - 28 Nov 2004 23:02
The Jolly Sailor pub is still open at 75 Northgate. It is also not ran by shepheard Neame. The pub is very much a student pub with quite a good atmosphere. Tends to be a good one to go and watch the rubgy in.
yohan - 7 Mar 2004 20:43
Ok, so this pubs isn't actually there any more, but it deserves a mention anyway. The Jolley was the stuff of legend, managed by two ex-Christchurch students who basically ran it into the ground for the 2 years they had by putting on some of the best nights ever seen in any pub in canterbury, and all at the expense of Shephard Neame's profits! Tales will be told to the grand children about this pub and he nights we had there.... I only hope that somebody somewhere knows what on Earth I'm jibbering on about.
Chris - 1 Dec 2003 12:20

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