The Jolly Sailors

4.3
785 reviews
£25 and under
British
Voted the nation’s favourite family pub, our 18th century village local on the Norfolk coast serves real ales from our microbrewery Brancaster Brewery, home cooked wholesome food, great pub classics including Jolly Smokehouse specials, local seafood, stone baked pizzas and ice cream from a garden beach hut (and not forgetting the largest selection of rum on the coast!).

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 785 People Are Saying
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JonathanM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food good value charming waitresses. not ruined by londoners like most north norfolk restaurants, long may it last.

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Paula
Devon
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We were asked to provide ID for my e daughters who are 21, 22 & 23 when they are clearly over 18. We were also eating.
The service was all poor and the special board choice very limited.

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PaulT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent. Thanks to all at The Jolly Sailors.

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philip
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and brilliant service from Mike. He is a star and real asset to you.

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DaveB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Parked easily enough, was greeted fairly quickly. I found the menu limited and the drinks very expensive, £5.70 for a pint of IPA. I know it is very difficult for pubs re staffing at the moment and I think the staff coped well.

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RonB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really good meal and the staff were very friendly and helpful

BM
BrianM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food, pizzas are amazing 👍👍

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ElaineF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a lovely meal at the Jolly Sailor and Shanty band on a Monday night was excellent would recommend

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SueH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good wholesome pub food and though the menu was pretty basic and limited what we had was delicious and portion size was generous. Nice staff and atmosphere.

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WilliamH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable busy and high quality pub/restaurant. Ho hesitation in using this outlet in the future

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food. Gammon steak cooked to perfection. Great surroundings, toasty warm being outside/in side with heaters.

The food was excellent. Highly recommend 😊

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Cannizaro
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

There's not a lot of character at the Jolly Sailors - more like a large shed - but the food was OK and the beer was fine. And it was quiet.

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DawnL
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very efficient and attentive service after we arrived late for our booking (due to travelling from London and we did phone ahead) and just before food service closed. Food was delicious and plentiful. Staff very friendly and told us about the local shanty men playing in the pub 2 nights later so we booked a table there and then and returned for another very enjoyable evening. Highly recommended.

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DebbieP
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been coming to this pub for a few years, staff always friendly, good atmosphere. Will be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely lunch here. Service was very good and the food was delicious.

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RichardF
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, good choices. Really nice food, service was well timed and food arrived quickly.

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StanleyT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

A large garden with plenty of space and the outdoor cabins made it Covid friendly.However the menu was limited and expensive with the drinks very overpriced.£10 for a large NZ wine.Not worth the trip from Wells!!!

JB
JonB
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was good and the pizzas were excellent. Our table in a side room was quiet but not the most comfortable. We will request to be seated in the larger dining area in future. That aside, our visit to the Jollies was a great experience.

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MartynS
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely meal but maybe improve on being more choice on the specials board

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victorw
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We always make this our first port of call when we come back. It never fails to deliver. The staff make us welcome as returning customers. The food is always good quality, well cooked and well served.

JB
JoB2015
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are FANTASTIC! Limited vegan options for myself but they happily added some bits to the vegan margarita pizza to make it glorious! My fella thoroughly enjoyed his fish and chips, remarking how light and fluffy the batter was. And don't get me started on that prosecco...mwah!! Thank you for a wonderful evening. It was my fella's birthday dinner...and he loved it so much, he insisted on paying! Very attentive and friendly staff - lovely night out! x

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DavidH
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always and incredibly good value for money. Fantastic House Red!

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AnnaP
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great venue for a light lunch (although heavier options are available, we wet for a lite bite). Staff all very friendly, lots of room outside in the garden, good location.

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HeatherC
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice to have the shanti group to entertain, lovely meal too

AM
AndyM
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Standard pub dishes but done very well. I'll go back.

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HappyDiner
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived at 2.30pm and welcomed by staff. Shown to table, ordered two course and drinks, first course in front of us within 15 minutes, excellent service. The outside seating and ordering area is the best example of COVID secure service that I have seen in a pub setting. I know they have inside seating, but on a warm September day, lunch was great. Thank you all at The Jolly Sailors

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RichardS
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go regularly consistent quality and service and one of the best features is you can go for a late lunch as food served all day.

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Really lovely staff with a good variety of food. Play area for children and well spaced out seating.

JC
JohnC
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit here whenever we are in norfolk and are never disappointed. Delicious pizzas and amazing brownies.

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haleyk
Cambridge
6 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely garden set up, perfect for all but especially with children, staff were super friendly and extremely helpful.
Food was very good, great value and arrived quickly.

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JaneG
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We’ve been going for years and it’s always good and was very impressive as we came out of lockdowns with how they had really thought through safety - I feel safe there and the pizzas are very good and it’s always friendly and they make our dog welcome. Would highly recommend

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LesleyT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Waiting staff very attentive and efficient.

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Jonny
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, good value for money. Pizza’s were very good. First time we have dined here but we will be returning.

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Frets
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good pub food. Quick service, friendly staff. Well ventilated dining area.

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AndrewN
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good honest food well cooked and presented, very good value

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt safe from the moment we turned up . Queried outside to enter , as instructed clearly . Waitress wore a mask still , led us straight to table with smily wyes . Let us know immediately how it all worked with ordering etc… and if we required drinks . They came working minutes . Good presets , freshly cooked and piping hot - not waiters too long at all , as delicious as it looked and piles of food . Desert when asked and recommended - excellent , biggest ice cream sundae I’ve seen and it beat me ! Another drink offered. Fantastic staff , fantastic food and obviously great management to keep staff happy and maintaining a safe , professional relaxed atmosphere and service .

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KarenS
Northampton
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, come here every year on our holidays eat here a couple of times while we are here.

JP
JamesP
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for kids

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MarkC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Exactly as expected. Good pub food and swift service. We were outside. It rained a bit and the cover was not adequate enough, otherwise ok

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great family pub, relaxed atmosphere with friendly staff.

FAQs

The Jolly Sailors offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01485 210314.

The Jolly Sailors is rated 4.3 stars by 785 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.