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Jolly Farmer, Bramley

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user reviews of the Jolly Farmer, Bramley

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Very good village pub, should pick up a-lot of business from Wonersh as their pub The Grantley has been ruined.
stroller - 22 Sep 2016 11:59
Last time I was here,I walked in waited, waited and then left.

This time totally different walked in greeted by a nice hello and smile, spoilt for choice on beers, never a bad thing.
Had a pleasant couple of pints and left.

Well worth a visit. Gone from 2/10 to 9/10
FredCarno - 21 Feb 2016 13:06
Good traditional village pub, Bramley should be proud.
Great range of beers and lagers, focusing on some local breweries I had not come across before.
Guildforddrinker - 15 Feb 2016 16:59
Characterful old pub encrusted with breweriana. Clearly these days more of a restaurant than a pub, but there is a still a large bar area with range of mainly local beers. Have eaten here in the past and the food was good. My beer this time was fine.
simontheeditor - 3 Oct 2013 17:29
Excellent pint of WJ King Best Bitter at a rip off price of £3.70 for a 3.8% beer. Still locals can probably afford it.
addlened - 25 Sep 2013 09:48
Are you sure NoDisgrace?
anonymous - 28 May 2013 12:57
Are you sure NoDisgrace?
anonymous - 28 May 2013 12:57
I love this pub.Just the blackboard full of new ales from all over is enough.
Great beer, well kept, and well served.

maroonmachine - 26 Apr 2013 15:26
Rambling food orientated pub selling food and several real ales, but a number of locals were drinking in the front bar. Also has accommodation. Good quality food and very good beer (Horsham Best Bitter). It seemed slightly soulless and the irritating waitress with her catchphrase of 'Guys' was still there (but service was efficient).
simontheeditor - 10 May 2012 08:10
My first visit here, although I've driven past the pub countless times. Could only have 1 pt of weakish bitter but it was pleasant enough. Choice of food seemed excellent, and although I initially thought it looked pricey you do get your money's worth! One of my party opted for "large" fish & chips and my God, was it ever a whopper!

Only criticism is the the waitress (otherwise very competent and polite) kept referring to us (81, 58 & 56) as "guys". A little more decorum would not go amiss.

Will visit again for a special meal but a wee bit too dear for everyday noshing.
dromdick - 2 May 2012 21:48
Great place for real ales. I had a pint of Langhams Sundowner and it was top quality. And it's worth gazing up at the ceiling at all the beer mats celebrating long forgotten brews - many of which I remember (with varying degrees of affection) from when I was a youngloafer.

They do food too but I didn't have any so cannot comment.
oldloafer - 21 Mar 2012 15:31
I just love the Rothaus Pils ( having stayed at the Rothaus brewery ) along with the mega cask ales. Worth seeking out.
Also just of the Downs Link long distance trail so ideal for a swift one if riding or walking that.
beerbiker - 9 Mar 2012 15:15
This pub stands next door to The Wheatsheaf, the village of Bramley supports two pubs which indicates that it is a destination for people to travel to which means that the pubs should be of a decent standard. The Jolly Farmers does not fall short in anyway whatsoever, a real ale drinkers paradise with seven handpumps, Palmers Copper ale as a regular and six rotating guest ales such as Silverback ( Brass Monkey Brewery) . The ales that i tried certainly indicated the standard that i expect for a regular GBG entry pub. A rather odd ceiling over part of the pub has a huge collection of beer mats held there by decades of nicotine, the mats are circa 1958 ish. Food seems to be a big draw here as i followed in a large possee of pensioners waddling in for more food, something their waistband clearly protested against . A timewarp of a pub the time you could easily find forty years ago but are now generally lost to us. A tropical fish tank sits by the bar watched by a stuffed European Eagle Owl. Without doubt this pub is worth a detour to get to.
slerpy - 20 Feb 2012 20:34
It appears that some people have picked up on just the negatives. Can I please reiterate some points I have previously made. 'I quite liked it' and 'they do serve up a wealth of pretty good real ales'

thisistrue - 16 Dec 2011 17:40
Staff alert !!!!!
anonymous - 7 Dec 2011 18:46
Dear "Thisistrue", I felt an considerable urge to ask you, have you ever found a pub that you actually like? I only ask as whilst looking through your previous comments posted at a variety of pubs, I only seem to be able to find negative remarks.

If you don't like pubs, may I suggest that you stay at home and watch the usual dribble on television rather than visiting places that you clearly do not enjoy before running home to hide behind your computer in order to post pointless attacks on individuals?

I am sure that if you had courage to tell somebody to their face that they were "up their own ar*e", you would certainly recieve the attention that you so desperately desire.
livinglifemyway - 6 Dec 2011 19:36
The staff appear to be far too sensitive to comments. It would be nice if they just accepted that it IS NOT the best pub in the world and THEY ARE VERY VERY VERY miserable and like it or not it can take a good while to get served even when not busy. There is no point anyone pointing it out to their faces beause they have their heads so far up their own ar*es that they'd take no notice of you anyway!! Far too self important.
thisistrue - 25 Nov 2011 16:57
Hello FredCarno,
I'd like to say nice to have met you. But I can't because I haven't met you. Which is strange as I was on duty at the Jolly Farmer from 11am today to 3pm. Perhaps you waited ages and ages while I was in the toilet or sorting the beers out down the cellar. Maybe I'll ask my mate Mike who I do the times crossword with every morning at opening time. Not a bad result today - took us less that twenty five minutes to complete . With no interuptions. Perhaps you'd like to drop your cloak of invisibility and pop along have have a chat about our standards of service. Mike and I are there first thing most mornings. The other thirteen diners and three drinkers who popped in over the course of our four hour long quiet lunchtime seemed most satisfied.
Kind Regards,
THEPINKCAT - 22 Nov 2011 16:45
Walked in money in hand waited waited waited walked out again,found a friendly pub up the road in next village.
FredCarno - 22 Nov 2011 14:59
Yeah ..... love it or hate it
seniorgrumpster - 27 Oct 2011 23:55
Nice place but way too expensive. I can get a pint of real ale in London for less and the food is overpriced and average. You'd do better at The Seahorse up the road in Shalford.
Peasimo - 19 Oct 2011 16:08
PS When I said dull choice I meant in pubs generally.
GuideDogSaint - 9 Oct 2011 11:50
In here Saturday lunchtime. Doom Bar, Bowman Swift One, Quiver and Nutz, Nottingham Centurion, Cottage Somerset & Dorset Ale, WJ King Horsham Best and Shardlow Reverend Eaton's (�3.55). Traditional pub, plenty of old pump clips around and old brewery signage. Busy with people eating so service at the bar wasn't the quickest but beer was good and far from the usual dull choice.
GuideDogSaint - 9 Oct 2011 11:49
Odd little place, but I quite liked it. Couple of blokes in their 50's run it. They are really grumpy, but can be forgiven because they do serve up a wealth of pretty good real ales. Try to avoid the old tattooed bird behind the bar, she thinks she is funny by being rude to customers and making agressive comments as though it should be appealing in some strange way, like some sort of eastenders character!! Still apparently she has been there for eons, so maybe she appeals to somebody!
thisistrue - 5 Oct 2011 13:34
Personally, I still find The Jolly a friendly pub both to its regular locals and to those passing through less frequently. The food is pricey if you want to compare it to a Harvester, but then I'll eat at The Jolly but only under extreme duress at a Harvester - prices are in keeping with the area, quantity and quality. So I keep going back.
the_converted - 10 Sep 2011 19:26
A busy, entertaining pub that seemed to cater for a wide range of needs - good number of drinkers, families and mature diner. Most importantly, local real ale was very good, and I envied the people eating good looking pub food. The area south of Guildford is very attractive, but pricy.
mtaylor40 - 15 Jul 2011 22:44
Popped-in today as in Bramley - knocked spots off 'The Wheatsheaf'(other contributions confirm this).

Menu appears pricey on face value, but will hold judgement til I've tried it properly.
hellodave - 21 Jun 2011 17:57
I have used this pub on and off for a number of years and generally speaking its not bad pricey but not bad.
But I do think `The Nun` has hit a nerve about idea`s,its always nice to go to a place that thinks for its self and this isn`t one of them.
anonymous - 31 May 2011 15:34
Moved into the area about a year ago and rate this pub,but in a couple of weeks ago on a Sunday and what a change kids running all over the place (very bad sign) not good when trying to have a quiet meal and then the awful quiz started,we ate up and left will not be returning again on a Sunday.
Ales still good.
Shanty - 12 May 2011 18:46
In the other night 4/5 ales on the go still abit hit and miss for our taste.Have to say the general staff are friendly enough.
A thought shame some pubs can`t come up with original idea`s and have to copy others just a thought !!!!

ps if the cap fits etc.
flyingnun - 2 Mar 2011 16:25
Hi Septicus ... I don't think you get my drift
seniorgrumpster - 1 Feb 2011 20:35
In your pub? Now why would I do that? Better places to drink? You don't deserve my cash.

Scepticus - 1 Feb 2011 15:37
Hi Septicus ... ever thought about drinking where you will be appreciated ??
seniorgrumpster - 31 Jan 2011 23:53
By chance I moved to Bramley and stumbled upon the Jolly Farmer.
And what a find! If your taste is a traditional public house, serving first class food and good ales this pub is for you. The service is outstanding along with the menu. There are a million curiosites on the walls, old tools, utensils and country art. Try the chicken and chillies and you will have to come back.
I've made it my local, the Sunday lunch followed by a humourous quiz in the evening is an all day event. The locals ride their horses to the pub! Its really very special.

tim.chandler - 31 Jan 2011 21:19
The landlords' comments say it all - how dare they defend their rip off prices by saying that those that find them expensive can go and drink in a social club instead! Stupid snobs.

The brothers Tweedledum and Tweedledee that run this pub need to learn some humility. I also agree with other customer postings - this pub is not very welcoming. The food is very expensive for what it is, average pub grub. The whole set up is a cross between a Harry Enfield, "I saw you coming" sketch and Basil Faulty.

The bottom line is that you behave as though you run the world's best pub but, unfortunately it isn't. Stop treating your customers with contempt.

Scepticus - 31 Jan 2011 20:52
Drank here before Christmas with large group of beer drinkers,spent the evening trying to find a "Real Ale " that we could enjoy- this was not necessarily the pubs fault. Just because its "Real Ale" does not mean its good ale ,and nowadays there is more and more poor ale !
jeffdaff - 16 Jan 2011 21:46
Called in on Sunday with friends beer good as it was on our last visit,we did not dine this time.
The one thing that put us off was the quiz and the poncy bloke running it we know when not to go in now tho.
FredCarno - 14 Dec 2010 11:36
Visited here on a bitterly cold Saturday night. It was both warm (all four fire places were lit) and welcoming. The young bar staff were knowledgable about the superb selection of ales - 7 or 8 as I recall. The food was excellent and the serving staff were polite and attentive. Not sure why "Robamy" feels it is extremely expensive as the prices are common with the vast majority of decent pubs in Surrey. Definitely worth a visit.
I'm going back for sure.
triumph - 5 Dec 2010 12:33
Hi Robamy
Thanks for your recent comments, some were quite constructive.
Produce does not have to be local to be superb. For example, we go to Smithfield meat market, London, to personally choose and buy a lot of our meat - our beef is all Scottish bred Aberden Angus which is totally grass and heather fed, then butchered and three weeks matured in our kitchen (you cannot buy this quality from local suppliers), our lamb is all Welsh, etc, etc. By doing this we guarantee superb quality, cut out storage, transport and packaging costs etc.
A great deal of our produce is locally sourced when we feel the quality is good enough.
Expensive ? Macdonalds is expensive for what you get. We have three professional chefs who specialise and take pride in producing completely fresh food - you only pay for what you get ... no Brake Brothers here.
We have been "tweaking" this pub for nearly forty years now and it seems weird, but I hope we never get it perfect - makes you complacent !

seniorgrumpster - 27 Oct 2010 23:55
Good for beer drinkers. Extremely expensive place to eat. We asked where the meat was sourced expecting superb quality to be the saving grace but it was not local and they didn't know the farm. Extremely cold with all doors open on a late October day. Despite this staff were attentive and you could see the locals were happy and it was almost fully booked, so it would only take a little tweaking to be really good.
robamy - 18 Oct 2010 12:51
Ate and drank here for the first time the other evening, was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the menu. All the dishes we had were excellent except for the mackerel, which seemed a bit tasteless, pity. All beers we tried were very good, and the service was excellent and would put many main stream restaurants to shame.
mc3 - 5 Aug 2010 18:54
Excellent pub - quality beers with up to 8 real ales on at a time all perfectly kept - good menu at very reasonable prices with welcoming staff - well worth a visit
GRS40 - 28 Jul 2010 18:00
perfect beer (as always )...perfect fun.thanks boys
geezer47 - 24 Jul 2010 19:58
Hi flyingnun .... sorry about the delay in replying, but I have just spent four days
drinking beer out of plastic glasses from a bar in a tent in a field for �3.00 a pint ... (and enjoyed it !). Maybe you should try your local social club ... I hear they do a very economical pint. If you get a cloudy beer, which is what can occasionally happen in a pub specialising in micro breweries ... please, please take it back to the bar where we would be happy to rectify it .. we do actually take a lot of pride in what we do !
seniorgrumpster - 26 Jun 2010 00:59
I find the beers in here a little hit and miss sometimes clear, sometimes cloudy but always costly.
flyingnun - 17 Jun 2010 19:19
Called in here the other day along with a pub in the next village, 2 very good ones at that.Here you have a good range of real ales and lagers menu looks good .7/10
FredCarno - 1 Apr 2010 11:01
Good beer range interesting pump clips scatered around the bar area on the pricey side of things though.
Free House
Shanty - 22 Mar 2010 12:55
....... speechless !! ... I am a happy chappy and will also give that gas fire some considerable thought.
seniorgrumpster - 13 Jan 2010 13:53
Still a great (continuously changing) range of ales including draught Belgians, and excellent cellermanship. What can I say? It rings my bell when the thirst is upon me.
thirstybob - 9 Jan 2010 20:14
Very traditional atmosphere with two drinking areas either side of the front door with a real fire making it a cosy place to sup ale .L shaped bar has at least six real ales available ,generally from small micros including the close by Hogs Back Brewery.Ale quality is high.Beyond the bar is a spacious restaurant area in what looks like an old barn and the food is very well cooked,authentic pub grub and worth the slight premium pricing.My only small gripe is that the gas effect fire in the restaurant seems out of place but otherwise this is a top establishment with great service and remarkably clean loos.A must visit.
Bucking_Fastard - 4 Jan 2010 11:29
my_sharona .... it is a wise traveller who can see through the fog .... may the Gods be with you
seniorgrumpster - 24 Dec 2009 16:41
With something like 39 pubs going out of business every week it is a real credit to the landlords of the Jolly that this place is still going strong... they live and breathe this place - its no wonder they seem to take any criticism as a personal affront to themselves (perhaps a little too much so at times!). The fact that people complain here about having to fight their way to the bar just goes to show the place has a draw that keeps people going back again and again... for me... I would rather fight my way to the bar than sit with only the village drunk and a bunch of chavvy coked-up kids for company next door at the Wheatsheaf.

The Jolly is a gem... amazing food with an extensive specials board and always a wide range of real ales from award winning breweries to small boutique breweries nobody has heard of - you can always rely on the landlords recommendations - they may be grumpy at times and their humour is not for everyone but you cant deny they know their shit!!
my_sharona - 23 Dec 2009 03:43
Fab1 ... been here for 39 years myself, just try to run a good village house ... why don't you introduce yourself.
seniorgrumpster - 3 Dec 2009 20:41
Average pub, very good food, well kept ale, high prices, strange custom base and odd staff. Carefull before you challenge my view, I've kown this pub quite well for over 40 years ! Less of the hype and criticism please, my Uncle drank here between 1935 - 87. It's an average village pub and no more. 6 /10
FAB1 - 2 Dec 2009 23:47
britishairways .... fly here anytime .. always welcome !
seniorgrumpster - 2 Dec 2009 22:04
the_converted .... you rock my boat !!
seniorgrumpster - 25 Nov 2009 00:02
Is not the aim of 'Beer in the Evening' to provide general factual and constructive advice about pubs? To enable others to decide if it might be their type of pub whether that be because they are looking for beers, wine, pool table, darts board, somewhere to take the family or have a romantic meal. I do not believe that this site was set up to communicate personal differences between individuals. We are all different characters and clearly we do not all love each other but that does not mean we need to express personal differences into the open and public forum. Freedom of speech is valuable, but without care, can be exceptionally detrimental and simply non-constructive.

Good pub, good food, good ale, good company but obviously not everyone's cuppa tea!
the_converted - 22 Nov 2009 00:22
Kalbright ..... take your mummy with you next time
seniorgrumpster - 18 Nov 2009 12:10
i did exactly what the owner says in his rant....i left when the atmosphere became too inhospitable. a shame as the beer is pretty good. there are many places within a short drive that are only too happy to take your money and smile.
kalbright - 11 Nov 2009 20:23
I'm usually only rude and unfriendly to people I hope to never see again in this lifetime or in the Jolly.
THEPINKCAT - 11 Oct 2009 15:34
The Jolly Farmer has an excellent beer selection and a good selection of wines. The food is varied and caters for most tastes, it is not the cheapest, but you are not robbed in either quality or quantity. Whilst it lacks a typical green grassy beer garden, it makes up for it inside with a host of gems hanging from the ceiling and walls to feast your eyes on - some of the locals aren't too bad either! It welcomes well behaved animals, well behaved children and well behaved adults! This is one of a few Free houses left, the 2 Landlords, affectionately known as 'The Grumpsters' are very welcoming. They might struggle to put a smile on for everyone, but if you respect them, they will respect you. They have a wicked sense of humour and take enormous pride in what they do. As a single female, I struggled with the concept of entering a pub on my own, but this pub is different. The Landlords greeted me, served me and talked to me, they introduced me to others and have always kept a watchful eye. The bar staff are friendly and work hard to provide a good service, but there is nothing robotic about the service you get, individual characters show and make this pub lively and comfortable. I have taken friends and family to this pub and all have hankered after a Local like this where they live. I was a wine drinker before entering The Jolly Farmer, I have since been introduced to the complex world of Real Ales and visiting The Jolly is a unique event almost every time with its selection and ambience. Walk in with a smile, introduce yourself and you will enjoy your visit whether it be for a quiet pint, a chatty pint, food, time to reflect, escapism, work on your laptop, read a newspaper or book. You will get out what you put in.
the_converted - 11 Oct 2009 01:03
Stopped here two days ago, not as bad as previously stated but a little pricey even for this area.
FAB1 - 4 Oct 2009 17:26
i have never enjoyed a visit to this pub. the landlord is rude and unfriendly, and the food is over priced for what you get.
neil10 - 30 Sep 2009 20:52
Bar always seems a bit crowded and intimidating although pub is decorated amazingly and the food portions are very generous and definately worth the money. i do agree with the review below that this is not a pub you can go to allone and feel comfortable but when going with a friends its always a nice night out.
publover3000 - 22 Jun 2009 12:04
The beers in the Jolly are diverse in style, beautifully kept and of the highest quality. I've never been served a bad pint. This is a pub for lovers of real ale rather than mass produced lager. The food can occasionally be a little too "gastro", but uses good quality ingredients and the portions are generous. I've always found both of the landlords to be very personable. However, if you don't like their occasionally taciturn style, I'd suggest taking a talkative friend or opening a conversation with one of the many customers who frequent the place. This is a proper village pub with a proper pub atmosphere and I can't recommend it highly enough.
onewiggywanderer - 24 Feb 2009 14:48
Sunday lunch was heaving with many queuing for the roast. My guest and I chose from the cut-down menu. This was disappointingly bland, not inedible, but no taste. (seafood tagliatelle and Butternut squash risotto). However the sticky toffee pudding was superb with lovely dark toffee sauce. Pullman's very nice as was the decor, lots of unusual stuff.
newtobeer - 23 Feb 2009 22:13
If you get served after the locals don't expect a smile from the landlord! At least the ales are decent and are regularly changed but the food is pricey and simplistic and a dry piece of chicken breast/ burger is a common experience.
turnerejc - 21 Jan 2009 10:36
above average village pub but pricey
FAB1 - 17 Dec 2008 06:53
Popped in the other night neither of the grumpsters were about so no fun there. Beer was good, food still on the restaurant price scale.
And got to ask whats wrong with a bit of witty conversation or do we have to pay extra for that ??? 6/10
flyingnun - 22 Oct 2008 16:21
Another great evening at the "Jolly"! On a Friday evening my partner and I frequently visit from the other side of Guildford because it's a fine place to celebrate the end of the week! Chris and Steve certainly know how to choose their beers. I had Hog's Back HBB and Sharp's Doom Bar, and she had a couple of pints of Palmer's (Bridport). All great-tasting and beautifully kept. Food was good, too. Bangers (venison and herb!) and mash! Lovely! Our favourite pub in the Guildford area!
fellwalker - 16 Oct 2008 10:36
I can't recommend this pub enough. Having moved to the area and been sorely dissapointed with the standard and most importantly the selection of beer in the area, this is a gem. Its one of a very small and reducing number of none-tied pubs left in Surrey, so you get a selection of ever changing best beers as chosen by the owners, not some big Co's mono-culture offerings. The beer is always in top condition. The folk who own it can tell you where it came from and what it tastes like becase they are genuinely interested in providing a decent pint.... oh and the food is very good as well.

This is your archetypical traditional English boozer.

If your looking for witty bar conversation, stay at home with your fizzy Tesco lager and watch re-runs of Cheers

Superbeerman - 8 Oct 2008 11:43
Went here on Saturday whilst walking from Guildford to Bramley with some friends to get some fresh air. Took in pit stops at the Weyside in Gford, The Parrot in Shalford and finally here. Best out of the three for real ale.

Unfortunately aforementioned (see previous post) landlord was not present but there was a nice young girl serving who joined in our conversation about beer gardens being discriminatory (what if you want to have a wine outside!). 10 or 12 real ales on tap, what a great selection. We were able to sample a few at the bar before making our choice.

Sat out in the PUB garden (hmmm, we were all drinking beer though, so maybe it is a beer garden after all), which is not the nicest (concrete and brick, no grass at all).

I'll give it 7/10 for now on the basis that I'll return soon and hopefully bump into the landlord for an updated review.
beergibbon - 22 Sep 2008 11:27
Well the landlord of the Jolly Farmer (if it is actually him) sounds like he has got a chip on his shoulder and a pole up his ar$e. I was intending visiting as I live in the next village and a friend of mine has just started working in Bramley.

Will update you once I have been in the next few weeks. If his attitude in person is anything like his review then it could be an interesting visit after which he will be losing some potential new custom.

beergibbon - 8 Sep 2008 11:53
Meoow someone stood on the cats tail here .
I think the last comment from the "LANDLORD"talks volumes for the "attitude" shown by this pub to customers.Shame thers not an alternative pub in the village.
I also thought in California you tip for service you get and don`t have it added automatically to the price you pay for food and drink.
flyingnun - 7 Sep 2008 17:03
Let me see now, how long have I been at the 'Jolly'.....oh yes, 40 YEARS. Twenty five as landlord. Quite an achievement in these uncertain times I should think. I wonder how many 100,000 great pints, how many 10's of thousands great meals. How many thousands of bloody good nights out that totals up to. A fair few I should imagine. It's a funny thing, owning and running a pub for a VERY LONG TIME you tend to think of it as your home first and a pub second. Personally I don't want everyone I meet in my home and If I'm not particulary keen on you ...get over it, move on, get a life, don't waste your time bleating. Of course, maybe I quite like you but to my certain knowledge the only creatures who are permanently happy are some dogs and the permanent residents of some mental institutions. So if you want people to smile at you all day and say "Have a nice day sir" I suggest you move to California where for a few measly dollars you can bathe in a sea of bonhomie and "hail fellow well met" all of which I'm led to believe is entirely genuine. This isn't just a consumer equation. This is a life. The are few enough real pubs left, populated by real people. You are completely right my friend "Grumpy Farmer" is not for you. Might I suggest a local just down the road from us "The Endless Sunshine of the Vacant Smile." I sure it's exactly what you're looking for.

THEPINKCAT - 2 Sep 2008 23:31
Sadly, this pub should be named "The Grumpy Farmer"! As someone had previously mentioned, the chaps who run this place are both miserable as sin!! why on earth would you be in a customer facing enviroment if you cannot even muster a smile for people paying good money for food and drink?? It's a shame actually as the pub itself has a warm and comfortable feeling to it and there is a good selection of ales to choose from......just a shame that the service is so poor!!
Dolving111 - 14 Aug 2008 12:53
Good selection of beers and I have always found them well kept. They get some unusual ones, but you have to be quick as a barrel doesn't seem to last very long.

Great position if you are walking, but you shouldn't be late if you want to eat at lunch time.
alexw123 - 7 Apr 2008 17:46
Regarding the 'attitude', I watched both landlords recently put up with the worst string of abuse, swearing, insults and aggression I've ever seen from a bunck of drunken rugby yahoos - and they dealt with it all (hours!) quietly, reasonably and with incredible patience. It was an eye-opener - fair play to them. Best real ales for miles and miles.
peterstamp - 25 Sep 2007 09:49
This is an excellent ale house and certainly the best in this whole area, it's an absolute gem with eight excellent real ales and continental beers as well!
The food is excellent with a varied menu of high quality at a reasonable price. It's a beautiful old building with friendly clientel and bar staff.
The pub landlords are two brothers who are always friendly and willing to talk to you about the ales on sale at any particular time. All in all a great pleasure to go there!
CWT - 24 Sep 2007 08:52
Been going to the Jolly for years and remember with fondness the legendary giant tacos they used to serve - put them back on the menu! The current Landlord's miserable attitude is unfortunately also becoming legendary. Always seems busy in there though so that's probably why he doesn't give a toss. Perhaps it has the opposite effect on punters and is an attraction for those wanting a "Basil Fawlty" experience. Shame though because it's a decent pub otherwise.

Food is always reasonable and a good selection of beer, which is normally well kept. One thing though - if I do have to take a bad pint back to the bar, I do not want to be told by an (otherwise pleasant)Australian lady that there's nothing wrong with it. I've been indulging that particular ale for 30 years and know when to drink it and when to put it on my chips!

I won't be informing the landlord of my posting as he'll probably "nut" me.
Castiche - 10 Aug 2007 15:33
The song comes to mind "Happiness" as you look at the landlord
anonymous - 31 May 2007 20:00
Great selection of well kept beers, good info on beers and a superb pub feel.Have eaten here twice, once was almost perfect venison, the second (lunchtime)was a dire 'harvester' type effort-or lack of!
Shame about the deeply miserable Landlord&lady who are happy to ignore perceived non-regulars for as long as it takes the delightful aussie barmaid to serve you.
I'll still rate it 8 as I'm going there to drink good beer not make friends with the owners.
tuffinuf - 25 Feb 2007 10:21
Petergoesrock could that not extend to what the landlord thinks about his customers as well?,(not giving a flying fig i mean).
Beer selection varied well kept,we did not eat so not FT there.Just a shame about the attitude.
anonymous - 21 Feb 2007 19:21
The Landlord didn't give a 4xxxx about his rating here, intelligent man. Ratings here are subjective, and often based on a one off visit, nothings perfect and some people like to moan, but will never praise...

The Jolly Farmer serves consistently good beer, and has been acknowledged so by more reliable sources.
petergoesrock - 12 Dec 2006 14:36
I mentioned to the landlord that the rating on this site, didn't do the place justice. He (was he really the landlord?) replied that he didn't give a ####. That was the only minus. Whoever ran the place however, was really good at it(except possibly,if it was him,the customer relations dept!). Really good food,beer:range and quality-and terrific barstaff.Two Australian girls that made everyone feel really welcome.One of them even pretended she didn't know how "The Ashes" were going! Over and above I thought!
Mr.Miserable - 10 Dec 2006 13:03
I haven't been here for years but glad to hear it's still as good as I remember it being. Hoping to go back there again some day. I wonder if the saucy pictures are still up on the walls or if the politically correct mob have demanded that they be taken down. I hope not for the country pub is the last bastion of good old fashioned English vulgarity.
beeronaut - 24 Oct 2006 16:55
Stopped off in here yesterday on the way back from Guildford. Parking is no problem there is a car park at the rear of this pub!
Only stopped for 1 which was a pint of becks which is quite rare as you only tent to come across the bottled stuff, �3 a pint was alittle steep but it is 2006 not 1999!
The pub itself is excellent it has god knows how many beer pump clips which shows this pub has a very wide range of ales the food we didnt have because they had stopped serving even tho it was 3pm on a sunday afternoon!
What did put me off was the fact there was 6-7 kids running around this pub which made it feel a tad uncomfortable other than that i would visit again even if it means driving the 35 miles to this pub
superseagulls - 4 Sep 2006 22:46
Good range of ales limited but reasonable menu.But what let this place down was being over charged not once but twice by same girl,leave`s a bad feeling.
anonymous - 7 Jul 2006 17:30
I dont know if there`s something in the water no one`s friendly in here staff wise.It`s as if you have to pay to get a smile.But good selection of unknown beers didn`t eat though.
anonymous - 21 May 2006 18:35
Ok place, food abit pricey, different range of ales not heard of them but tasted alright.
anonymous - 7 May 2006 17:46
You can certainly work up a thirst on the bus! Nice range of Spinning Dog ales on tap at he Jolly right now. All that I tried were well kept. Not the cheapest ale around but extremely drinkable. Fingers crossed for a return to Saturday afternoon opening in the summer!
thirstybob - 2 May 2006 20:43
We have been visiting this pub for the past 3 years and we think it is great! We have found the many and ever-changing cask ales to be kept in excellent condition, and the food, though by no means cheap, is also extremely well prepared. Last week we both had trout to die for! The landlords make a point of making early-morning visits to the London food markets to source their meals. The ambience is terrific and there is always a buzz (Friday evenings anyway!)
fellwalker - 13 Jan 2006 18:26
The 6 or 7 beers are always _really_ well kept and vary on a weekly basis. They're not cheap (I'd head for Weatherspoons in Guildford on bus 63 if you want good and cheap). The food is OK but I cook for myself so ...
The bar staff vary in friendliness (Oz professionals of varying sociability) the atmosphere is potentially fantastic (rustic scumbling and old beer mats on the ceiling to keep you amused when conversation flags)
thirstybob - 26 Nov 2005 19:06
Great and affordable food
mattclapham - 25 Oct 2005 20:23
Surley and rude owners, food gone down the hill since our last visit.
Staff training a must!!!!dont know who these people have met but we did not meet them.
anonymous - 2 Sep 2005 17:30
Excellent real ale pub, and good B&B accomodation too. Usually about 8 real beers, and constantly rotated - just go back in 2/3 and try another 8! All you can eat Sunday carvery is worth a tenner too.
peterstamp - 22 Apr 2005 11:13
Been going there for about 3 years now. I have to say that the food is excellent but the bar staff are moody as hell and the atmosphere is oppressive.

anonymous - 8 Apr 2005 15:36
Really good range of real ales, regularly changed, plus some excellent imported lagers (Warsteiner, Lowenbrau, Budweiser from Czech Republic.) Recently the Jolly Farmer is finally open in the afternoons, and has some new staff well-trained in customer relations (the landlords - two brothers - are splendidly authentic and prefer an idiosyncratic ambiance.) Food is pricey but cooked from fresh by real chefs, so is worth it.
vyvyan - 20 Mar 2005 18:13
free house; wide range of constantly-changing real ales, authentic Continental lagers on draught such as Warsteiner and Czech Budweiser. Landlords (two brothers) are charmingly authentic, young female bar staff are well-trained.
david orchard - 20 Mar 2005 15:03
great pub . despite doing excellent food,the pub felt and looked like a rural pub, not a restaurant . lovely, unmucked-about-with interior . superb selection of beers for ale and lager drinkers alike . 6-7 ales all varied and interesting a guest ale or two . the draught lagers are the usual suspects plus budvar and starapraemen .
dan - 14 Sep 2004 12:18

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