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Value
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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Welsh
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrived at 1.20, told we had 5 mins to order...on website says till 1.45. Barmaid more concerned with chatting to locals, had to ask for menu and it felt a chore getting it from her. Ordered and food was ok...Plaice was hard in breadcrumbs, rest...average...pie and cod. Had to ask for cutlery....then for condiments...and eventually got up to get sauces. Each time felt like we were imposing on the young barmaids socialising with local people at the bar. Won't be returning and left disappointed by poor service and manners.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Michael Ruck, Owner at The Jolly Sailor, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for the feedback. This has been discussed with all staff.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a lovely little pub, homely warm and friendly.. it is the heart of Newton. The food is second to none also, and the deserts are exceptional.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Michael Ruck, Owner at The Jolly Sailor, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your feedback

Reviewed 21 September 2023

Nice wee pub and staff polite. Unfortunately on our first visit when we went for lunch. I asked if we ordered food at the bar or table service. The lady said at the bar. When I come back to bar to order "oh sorry, we...just stopped. We stop serving at 13:45" could they not have told me this 10 minutes ago at 13:35 when I asked for a menu and where to order. Obviously not!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Michael Ruck, Owner at The Jolly Sailor, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your feedback, apologies this happened.

Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

We visit the Jolly quite often as we live 10 mins away , always a Lovely friendly welcome , good size dining tables and a very cosy feel , not too big, great menu and very efficient staff . Sunday lunch today was tasty ,...well presented using quality produce, tender meat , fresh veg and tasty gravy . Mint sauce and horseradish on the table ready . Nice desserts offered with cream or ice cream. Booking is essential and a deposit to book is requiredMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Michael Ruck, Owner at The Jolly Sailor, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you 😊

Reviewed 13 August 2023

Stunning fish. So lucky to have line-caught sea bream/ dorada cooked to perfection in lime butter. You can’t have this quality at this price anywhere else. Truly amazing. The staff are lovely. Highly recommended

Date of visit: August 2023
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Michael Ruck, Owner at The Jolly Sailor, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2023

Thank you so much for your feedback 😊

Reviewed 13 August 2023

Myself and hubby discovered this gem of a pub a few years ago. everything about the place is amazing, from Mike and Michelle who run it, To The best staff who can’t do enough to look after everyone, the very best service, wonderful food ,...hubby is fussy, they always add little extras to his meal when we’ve asked.there’s always a warm comforting atmosphere, great quiz nights. In the short time we’ve stayed in the village we have met some wonderful new friends, all due to this lovely pub, everyone is so friendly and welcoming. We try to visit at least once a week, long May it last xxMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Michael Ruck, Owner at The Jolly Sailor, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2023

Thank you so much for your review 😊

Reviewed 12 August 2023

What an incredible, traditional, village pub with great food and wonderful staff! After moving to this area recently, I, a gay man with 3 dogs, have received the most incredible welcome by absolutely everyone who works and frequents this place. I can honestly say that...I have utilised this space for all it has to offer, from drinks, to off the cuff culinary nourishment, which isn’t always easy as a vegetarian, and I have loved every moment and taste! I have introduced many of my friends to this place when celebrating and not one of them have ever been disappointed, in fact, they have all commented on the cleanliness, the efficiency and the quality of everything they have experienced! Thank you so much for your consistency, your acceptance, and your continued quality in everything you do, you’re all awesome!!!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Michael Ruck, Owner at The Jolly Sailor, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2023

Thank you so much for your review 😊

Reviewed 12 August 2023

Amazing pub, fab food and friendly staff. Was actually here on Wednesday night for food and the quiz and had a great evening but was shocked to witness a very rude table that staff had to put up with. They handled it very well but...now seem to have bad reviews over certain customers swearing and causing problems which is very unfair on this great pub and their staff.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Michael Ruck, Owner at The Jolly Sailor, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2023

Thank you for your feedback and comments. Apologies for you having to witness other people's rudeness.

Reviewed 11 August 2023

Great food lovely staff !!! ! The parrot 🦜 was a great feature he was hilarious…definitely will be back ..proper friendly pub

Date of visit: July 2023
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Michael Ruck, Owner at The Jolly Sailor, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2023

Thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed 😊

Reviewed 11 August 2023

Amazing pub with a great atmosphere! The staff are all lovely and can’t do enough for you. The food is absolutely amazing and great quality

Date of visit: August 2023
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Michael Ruck, Owner at The Jolly Sailor, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2023

Thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed 😊

Reviewed 11 August 2023

Couldn't recommend this pub enough, staff were friendly, food was excellent. Even the locals were welcoming.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Michael Ruck, Owner at The Jolly Sailor, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2023

Thank you so much 😊

Reviewed 10 August 2023

We went here for my birthday meal out and to do the quiz but it ended with both my mother and myself in tears due to the downright rudeness of the lady manager. Yes, we were late after 3 cars all driving from various locations...in Wales (and not being able to park anywhere close enough for my disabled dad and pregnant sister) but we did try to ring ahead only for no one to answer. Seabass was ordered off the menu and, on arrival, tasted nothing like Seabass. The waitress then said they were out of the usual Seabass so had given me the special in a disgustingly salty paprika sauce. We explained that this was not what we thought we'd ordered and she said she'd send the manager over. Rather than apologise for their error, she started shouting at me for being late. It was the final straw after an incredibly stressful day with our autistic children in all the traffic jams and so I got up and left. The others enjoyed their meal but at the end, my mum thanked the waitress (who was lovely!) for removing the Seabass from the bill, only for the manager to come and put it back on! I work in hospitality myself and we would never dream of doing this! My family had left a sizeable tip for the waitress but mum felt that if she was being charged for a meal that I'd literally had 2 mouthfuls off that she'd have to use the tip to cover it. The manager than accused mum of being mean for removing the poor waitress's tip when technically it was her that had done so. In contrast, we've come to a lovely accommodating place this evening who actually know how to treat their guests. Would definitely avoid if you're likely to be late as you will get told off like a naughty child!!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Michael Ruck, Owner at The Jolly Sailor, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2023

We have already answered this review on google but if you feel the need to copy and paste the same review on multiple sites then that's up to you. Your Sister actually pulled me a side and apologised for your behaviour that night and left...More

Reviewed 5 August 2023

Beautiful Sunday lunch , great staff! Staff here are truly excellent . Nothing is too much trouble . Food was stunning , hots , lots of it! Waitress happily topped up gravy. Mash was perfect !

Date of visit: July 2023
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Michael Ruck, Owner at The Jolly Sailor, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2023

Thank you for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed 😊

Reviewed 4 August 2023 via mobile

We come to Trecco bay every year and we always pay a visit to The Jolly sailor, but this is the 1st time we have left disappointed. I ordered the beef brisket , the wife ordered the chicken with peppercorn sauce and to be honest...they was like child portions served in a shallow bowl with a handful of chips on both something we’ve never experienced here before as the portion sizes have always been brilliant , my 10 year old son ordered the kids pasta which came in a very very small bowl , but I don’t think it would have filled a 3 year old up served with a small bit of garlic bread , his mate ordered the beef burger that was actually the best value for money as his plate was full of chips . All the meals were nice , but 3 of left hungry and for the price we paid we expected more , we will however return again next year hopefully the portion sizes will be sorted out .More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Michael Ruck, Owner at The Jolly Sailor, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2023

Thanks for your feedback and please do come again. Any issues next time then please don't hesitate to mention them on the day to staff. Thanks

Reviewed 27 July 2023 via mobile

Finally went here as we live the other side of town and never venture that way. Went at lunch time. It was quiet but I've also seen the place bouncing. Had the lamb. It was amazing. Cooked perfectly on the grill. Will defo be back...when we remember again!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Michael Ruck, Owner at The Jolly Sailor, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2023

Thank you for your feedback 😊

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