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Jolly Farmer, Blacknest

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user reviews of the Jolly Farmer, Blacknest

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What a great pub! Visited yesterday evening on the year's first comfortable sitting outside evening. Sadly, they have just discontinued the Gale's HSB but the Fuller's London Pride and Gale's (Fuller's) Spring Sprinter were in great shape. As well as fine beer and very friendly staff the food was good, too! Partner had grilled squid followed by the trout special, and I had the lentil and bacon soup followed by leg of rabbit stew. Delicious! And sitting outside was a bonus!
fellwalker - 7 May 2016 11:22
Had lunch at this pub on several Saturdays during the summer. Great burger and chips in nice garden. Went back in mid-week recently (November) for dinner with mates, and again the food was excellent. Pie and mash, pork belly, fish and chips. Not cheap but good value. Friendly staff and good beer. Will def go back
Luckydog - 25 Nov 2015 15:53
We visited for the first time since we turned up to find the fire brigade in attendance. The two doors, at right angles and with a table in the lobby, made wheelchair access difficult; I don't think a full-size chair could have got in at all. We only managed thanks to a kind stranger who assisted. The bar was warm with a good fire. Orange juice was served from a second-hand pop bottle presumably to disguise its supermarket origins. A glass, at £2.75, cost nearly three times what a litre would have cost at Waitrose. The HSB was good, but at £4.00 a pint was the most expensive I have seen. The food: rough. My fish and chips had been chucked into the deep fat fryer before it had heated up. The result was that both were greasy. A small frozen cod fillet, small portion of chips and a dish of mushy peas for £11.50. Madam chose the ploughman's. The blue cheese, which she can't eat, was swapped for a cheddar of the type one gives to small children. Two chunks of bread, white and granary, were dry and eaten only because she was hungry. The ploughman's cost an amazing £13. My complaints "Would be passed to the chef". No apologies or excuses were offered. The HSB was good or my rating would have been lower. We won't be back.
Bouleur - 26 Feb 2015 14:45
This pub is now fantastic. The garden is great and the play area very,very good. We shared fish and chips ( fish was cooked extremely well), the 5 cheese board-4/5 different types of cheese with biscuits and grapes and apple, lovely fresh home made onion rings and a small salad. Really enjoyed it and was very happy as it all came in at slightly over 20! And we were stuffed.
Got to say the have really brought this place up to a very good level and is now probably our favourite local pub by quite a way.
chapchap - 1 Sep 2011 21:59
THIS PLACE IS FANTASTIC. We had the pleasure of Saturday lunch with friends and our young kids at Easter here. The staff and ambience is wonderful, the food was excellent and the landlady really went out of her way to make us feel home from home, the Easter Egg hunt was very, very generous and the skittle alley is a very warm, welcoming room that's an excellent space for a private hire. Add to all this is one of the best outside play areas for the kids.

A quality, quality pub!
scottdee - 8 Apr 2010 15:16
This pub is quite a way out in the country. We dropped in for lunch, and drank London Pride and Shiraz by the glass, both very good. The beer was clear and seemed to have been cellared properly. This pub is operated by Fullers, so most of their products are available on hand pump.

The staff are friendly and helpful, the loos clean, and the decor appealing.

We ate scallops with a dipping sauce, rare steak and rabbit, apple pie and cheese. The cooking was superb, right up to London restaurant standards, the service efficient, and the price quite reasonable.

I get the impression that this pub has changed hands recently, or at least changed management, and that standards have improved as a result.

It's definitely worth a visit.
astropolis - 3 Apr 2010 11:05
If you're thinking about visiting, please don't use the June and August 2008 reviews as a reference. Something must have changed because the food I tried at the weekend was superb. A truely pleasurable experience. Yes, perhaps it may be a little pricey, but it's well worth it. Decent ales on tap - HSB, London Pride, Chiswick plus one other. My HSB was faultless. Staff are friendly too.
triumph - 7 Jun 2009 12:05
We have visited the Jolly Farmer a number of times over the last few months, the staff are friendly and courteous the food has been consistently good my only complaint would be that the Jolly Burger at lunch is served on a small wooden plate which is very unpractical.
We will be returning again in the near future.

NikkiNoo - 22 Apr 2009 23:22
Had the good fortune to find this pub while out and about with my family on a warm march weekend. The kids loved the play area and the food was really good (I had a home made Thai curry, while my wife had lasagne). drink choice was also good and service great!
fareham33 - 23 Mar 2009 19:30
The Jolly Farmer is one of the local pubs i use and visit at least once or twice a week with friends. we find the food good, mmmm a bit pricey but have always have enjoyed what we have, sorry no complaints on that front. Had a bad pint of HSB recenctly, so i complained and got a fresh one. Staff are always friendly and polite. If anyone has complaints, see the manager, whom i am sure will sort the problem out. Sorry, but don't whinge about it afterwards.
STEVE53 - 31 Aug 2008 11:12
My wife,daughter and myself have just comne back from the Jolly Farmer in Blacknest (details below)this luchtime and i must report that the food was truly terrible.
The roast beef was of the worst we have ever eaten..and that is saying something!!
The meat was poorly cooked and chopped rather than sliced. The roast potatoes were -at a guess-3 days old,the gravy tasted very strange and the vegtables were tasteless.Do the cooks taste what they serve ? Do the managers have any standards ?
On your website you say the food at the Jolly farmer is ,"fresh home-cooked food; the menu is superb and very tasty" Sorry but that is a gross misrepresentation of the true quality.
It is a shame because the garden is nice but we will not be going back to this place again and will urge others not to visit.
chapchap27 - 10 Aug 2008 16:30
Terrible food, the worst I've had in a while. Found it very bland and tastleless. Staff seemed nice and helpful but you certainly couldn't justify the cost! Much better food available in the area.
loopyloulou - 26 Jun 2008 13:23
very good service and pretty good beer. Great garden.

Food worth a try
BobBoiston - 5 Jun 2008 13:43
A warm welcome, pleasant bar and waiting staff, let down by poorly presented, bland food. Not pricey for the area, but could and should be so much better. Unimaginative range of beers -- 3 varieties of Fullers and one guest ale.
priestleysj - 4 May 2008 15:47
Excellent food and customer service, good prices. Friendly staff and a very affable landlady.
sardinista - 30 Mar 2008 16:02
This pub has now become my regular and favorite. The atmostphere is excellent being classy, relaxing and warm. The staff excel at customer care and nothing is too much trouble. They are always polite and friendly and have smiles on their faces. The food is absolutely excellent and portion sizes are great :-) Definately value for money. The landlady is one of the most bubbliest and friendliest landladies I have ever met. Attention to detail is important and this put has hit the nail on the head. Fantastic, definately worth a visit, you will not be disappointed.
ajm2373 - 16 Jan 2008 09:29
Nice people, lovely food, well done!
wattscolin - 3 Dec 2007 17:06
Smashing place, even better since the refurbisment, I love the "Ribs"
wattscolin - 3 Dec 2007 15:31
Visit when in the area, always a good atmosphere, great food, good beer, a really cosy warm feeling to the place, especially since a refurbishment programme was recently completed, staff seem friendly and knowledgable (wife has food allergy). Also has a new childrens play area which the grandchildren adored! nice safe troublefree family pub.Recommended.
Ilonda - 1 Dec 2007 21:18
Visited recently and was disappointed, the food was poor value for money at 10 generally for mains, sadly my meal had a hair in it although I think that was on the house. When I told someone (who I presumed to be the landlady) she offered no apology and thanked me for pointing it out. Other bar staff talked loudly to one another about their conquests from the previous night which provided some light relief (so to speak).

The decor of some of the pub is nice and modern and they have a lovely fireplace although this is next to the main entrance that bangs loudly everytime someone walks in. Sadly other parts like the gents look very tired indeed, as if the pub was redecorated in a hurry.

As was previously mentioned the pub had no atmosphere, maybe that's why the bar staff wanted to spice things up.

We wouldn't go back.

Beer_Fan - 26 Nov 2007 09:43
Beer and food great here - I can't get enough of the Hunter's Chicken. Always seems to be busy but restaurant service is generally prompt. Very pleasant landlady, friendly chef/landlord. Large car park and beer garden, wish it was within walking distance so I could frequent it more!
Benjiboy - 10 Jun 2007 23:17
Friendly but no atmosphere. Beer is good. Not tried the food. Best to visit in summer and enjoy the garden.
thorny_ken - 14 Feb 2007 13:51
lovely country food pub, really enjoyed our Sunday lunch, wonderful Gales beer
anonymous - 14 Aug 2006 21:19
Not a bad find, I always find it hard to find things wrong with a pub that sells Gales beers, however, a silly little thing on our last visit. We were served horseradish with our scampi! It appears one of the waitresses had filled all the scampi pots with it
petergoesrock - 23 Feb 2006 10:26

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