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Jolly Brewer, Stamford

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Excellent back street local with great range of beers in good condition. Would have liked more dark beers but you can't have everything!
Aztecgoat - 16 Sep 2018 09:36
Six beers on tap but, as is the way nowadays, all were blonde except for one - in this case, 'System of a Brown'. Approached it with some trepidation given it hails from the other side of the pond. Needn't have worried, however, as it slipped down a treat. Unremarkable bar is brought alive by the locals who all seem to know each other but are very welcoming to outsiders and have a great rapport with the bar staff. Someone started strumming a guitar at the outside table and before long a singsong was in progress. A good community pub.
Kenny260556 - 10 Aug 2017 19:31
So many good things to say about this pub. First thing that hits you is the rarely- used-elsewhere current beer list on a blackboard outside the pub. The choice of beers was excellent, 6 on, 5 of which were from local micro breweries and the quality was very good. We had a snack there which was scrumptious. Both the staff and customers were friendly. The landlady described the many activities that the pub puts on in an evening. As mentioned previously her son runs the Bakers Dozen brewery. When we returned to the pub before departing after our 3 day stay in Stamford his beer was on and was superb. All round, the best pub for our wishes, in Stamford and it gets a rare 9 from us.
Steamer1 - 15 Jan 2017 10:11
The landlord and landlady are planning to move on to concentrate on further developing his Baker's Dozen brewery. Hopefully their replacements will maintain the same high standards and the pub will continue to thrive.
Stamfordian - 22 Dec 2016 00:50
Popular locals pub with possibly Stamford's best range of ales served in great condition. Ok service.
baxterfish - 17 Nov 2015 20:55
Excellent Pub! Beers all well kept, defo worth a visit.
glennon37 - 18 Mar 2013 17:30
We only went inside to actually order then sat outside. Appeared to be a very eclectic mix of styles inside which to be honest didn’t look appealing – bit too open plan as well.
The barmaid was a nice lass, there were five beers of which we had three. Stilton Porter at 5%+ isn’t the best type to have as the first pint of the evening……
Either way, all three beers were good so we left happy. Worth finding – it’s up the hill from Waitrose.

Richardhuddleston - 2 Aug 2011 22:35
Comments over the past year by "Blackthorn" and "Stamfordian" provide a very fair assessment. Vibrant pub on a more important road west from Scotgate (and the Green Man) that seems to be doing all the key things well. Plenty of outdoor drinking space, lots going on and well chosen range of beers.
Arctium_lappa - 28 Jan 2011 00:17
For years a nondescript and at times struggling pub with regular changes of licensee. The present licensees have turned it into one of the best Stamford pubs for beer drinkers and, in the best way, a local pub for local people (but a warm welcome for all). The excellent Sharp's Doom Bar, unusually, is one of the permanent beers offered, LocAle is fully supported and there are occasional beer festivals. When in Stamford, don't miss it.
Stamfordian - 22 Apr 2010 15:11
Our next pub on our crawl was the Jolly Brewer on Foundry Road. We have been to this Good Beer Guide pub before with its L shaped room round the bar, but there was no way we were going to get in today. I got as far as opening the door, but it was packed with a noisy crowd of footy fans watching TV, and I could not see the bar for tightly packed bodies let alone see what beers were on. The board outside showed 5 real ales available, but we had to move on. Previous rating left on.
gillhalfpint - 4 Apr 2010 10:20
I can only really echo what others have said. A very good, proper pub, located slightly away from the town centre but worth the short walk to get there.
Friendly bar staff, a real fire, dart board and a pool table. Long wood panelled bar with hundreds of beer mats on the wall behind. Several TV's dotted around the place, all showing sports fixtures. This is my only criticism really, I'm not sure there's any need for quite so many - especially the one right at the end of the bar. At least the volume was very low, or even off in some cases.
Good choice of beers on tap, with four of the pumps proudly sporting Camra's LocAle logo. They were Doom Bar (that's obviously the one that wasn't local), JHB, Piston Bob, Winter Session Ale and Barn Ale, Ciders were Strongbow (unfortunately) and Weston's Old Rosie.
Blackthorn - 10 Feb 2010 09:23
This is a cracking pub. Five real ales predominantly from local breweries. I had Vale of Belvoir Dark Mild and it was quite exceptional. This is Peterborough CAMRAs' pub of the year for 2009 and it's easy to see why. There was a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We visited on a friday lunchtime and it was busy with most seats taken. I get the feeling this is a very popular pub.
Grailhunter - 4 Sep 2009 13:20
Late review from October when we came into Stamford to revisit Good Beer Guide pubs, and this one was new to us. A real friendly local atmosphere, and excellent beers. We enjoyed 2 Cottage beers.
gillhalfpint - 17 Jan 2009 12:22
Much improved since a visit a few years back; this now has everyting bar customers (on a Tuesday). Proper "local" pub atmosphere , friendly staff and exceptional beer (local micro I think) - betterb than the Nobie.
mtaylor40 - 12 Oct 2008 21:23
Visited Stamford area on a camping trip and our taxi lift suggested this pub. Cracking suggestion! Buzzing atmosphere on a sunday evening, really friendly bar staff topping up pints without question and a choice of well kept ales. The treacle stout was enjoyed by the wife, the Oakham JHB was in top form and the Rutterkin got thumbs up from another of our party.
Is on our list for a return visit when we get to back to the area.
hairy_hippo - 8 Jun 2008 10:59
Another one of the Stamford Ale houses I had the pleasure of visiting over the May bank holiday weekend, the Jolly Brewer was perhaps the biggest surprise for me.

A fairly basic pub in terms of decor, though nicely light and spacious, with (as mentioned by NickZ below) pool and darts facilities, this unassuming establishment has a lot to offer the serious ale drinker; up to 4 draught ales from some great breweries kept in tip top condition and served with a smile by the friendly staff.

I'm informed that the pub is tied to Admiral, which makes the achievement of the current licensees and their dedication to Real Ale all the more admirable (no pun intended!).

On my visit I sampled Black Abbott and Sod, both from Idle, along with Milestone's Classic Dark Mild - all of which I found to be in excellent condition.

From what I hear their Beer Festival, which has started today and I can't attend (dammit!!), is proving to be a success with 15 micro ales on stillage and another 4 on the 'pumps.

This is definitely one pub I'll be returning to.
Young_Camra_LE3_Crew - 9 May 2008 14:19
Now as mentioned in the current edition of Peterborough CAMRA's Beer Around 'Ere. States that the "choice and quality of ales on offer is far greater than has ever been". Good plates full of food now being served. Need any more reasons...?
TerrysJessica - 7 Aug 2007 10:53
I live in a nearby town to Stamford and my other half and I have become quite regular visitors to this pub. Don't be put off by the average exterior/ interior, this place is an absolute gem. Now run by a young couple, the place has a great welcoming atmosphere and a real effort is being made on the real ale front. On my last two crawls round the town, this pub has produced some of the tastiest well kept pints of the day. If you get there and they have Springhead "The Leveller" on, have it!!
Cheers!
TerrysJessica - 4 Apr 2007 11:42
Under new management since summer 2006. It is now a friendly locals' pub with good ales at reasonable prices. It is popular for pool, darts and pushpenny.

NickZ - 17 Jan 2007 20:10
I live at the Jolly Brewer my parents run it we a great local pub with many loyal customers. Our pub boasts bed and breakfast accomodation with prices ranging from £20 -£30 a night. Come and see us some time!!!!1
Emma - Louise Willson - [email protected] - 10 Feb 2004 11:53

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