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Jolly Sailors Inn, Whitby

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Nice Sam Smith's pub that isn't perhaps as picturesque as some of their other pubs, but has a homely charm of its own. Beer was as ever lovely and prices even cheaper than in London where Sam Smith's are always amazing value.
Mr.Monkfish - 14 Nov 2016 19:23
Avoid for food!
I wouldn't even be writing this if the landlady had handled our complaint better. Basically we ordered four beef dinners. You couldn't cut the beef/grissle, I'm pretty sure the mash was powdered and the Yorkshire puds were like cardboard. When we went to complain to the landlady she said "we haven't had any other complaints today. . .so you can't have your money back" I said why don't you try cutting the beef to which she replied "maybe the knife isn't sharp" she looked at it but didn't attempt to cut it and still insisted she couldn't refund us.
Really poor food for the money.
I wont be going back there, shame really because I like the beer In there.
L3nrd - 4 Nov 2012 19:12
Visited on 05/08/12, sat out back in the beer garden and enjoyed a couple of OBB. Typical Sam's but as I am a fan of Sam Smiths it was an enjoyable afternoon.
Hollow.legs - 22 Aug 2012 20:38
Paid this place on my visit to Whitby last week - a good pub but no OBB cask on the 2 occasions I was in....
eastendboy - 6 Apr 2012 15:36
Often call in here when in Whitby. You dont get ripped off in this friendly pub, always someone to see and have a chat to. Sam Smiths pub, one of 2 in the town. Beer always good and the new landlord is ok also. Try the stout and the old b bitter, and the prices are the cheapest in Whitby!
Recommended.
noggin46 - 5 Nov 2010 20:48
This is a locals pub and best left to them in my opinion. Not friendly to visitors(particularly bar staff) on my visit. Food nothing to shout about either, although the Sam Smiths ale was in very good condition.
odbod - 22 Jun 2010 11:03
No dogs... as they claim it is a restaurant. My local pubs (10) ALL let in dogs and they All sell meals. When will these licencees realise, they are a pub that sells food and not a restaurant that sells ale. You got a dog? Then you are relegated to standing outside with the other outcasts, the smokers.No complaints about the beer, it is always good and the price is right. If you want to take your dog into a pub, come to Shardlow Derby.
cryptomech - 5 Sep 2009 09:57
If ever a pub was misnamed this one was. Grim!
doncaosdelanada - 1 Sep 2009 23:17
Visited again a couple of times over the weekend. A mock brick, wood beam and stone rusticated frontage, which looks ok, with a bit of a basic beer patio in the back. The inside has two large rooms, white, with old Whitby memorabilia on the walls - decent enough. The service was fine, clientele mixed and friendly.

The beer, well, its all Sam Smiths, which i really like. I checked my notes from my last visit as i said it had MILD, it doesnt - so i was on the stout, with a couple of halfs of the bitters (keg and handpull - the Old Brewery Bitter) and even a lager. Very nice. Will be back.
Archivist - 14 Jul 2009 18:59
I thought this was another decent Samuel Smith's pub, scoring well as of course it has a quality MILD on offer and a great stout as back-up. Staff were friendly enough and it was by no means empty. Will definately be going back


Archivist - 19 May 2009 16:14
Two roomed pub that had scaffolding around it on our visit. Had quiz night on the Friday. Sam Smiths so you know what you are getting.
stoutoforder - 2 Nov 2008 19:46
Must be the cheapest beer in Whitby. Apart from that, nothing notable
Andylk - 17 Nov 2007 21:20
Re:steve2905

I couldn't comment on the gammon as I had the mixed grill but my girlfriend said it was the nicest she had ever had. I'm afraid I only like gammon in small quantities, the mixed grill, however, was superb.

I beleive the girlfriend previous experience of gammon in a pub was from Wetherspoons and having worked in a Wetherspoons kitchen for 2 years, I can vouch for her having probably only had bad gammon.

I think it's a shame you won't visit again, I certainly will.
silentbob9484 - 16 Oct 2007 12:55
Before visiting Whitby last week, I checked out all the BITE reviews for the local pubs before selecting the Jolly Sailors … firstly because I enjoy Sam Smith’s OBB, but what really swung it was the comment in the previous review regarding the excellent gammon steak.

When I ordered a pint of bitter, the barmaid immediately began pouring a pint of the nitro-keg bitter and when I asked for the hand pump OBB she said it was off. Fortunately a male colleague behind the bar overheard my request and corrected her. The staff not knowing what’s available wasn’t too good a start, but I have to say that the beer was very good.

As for food, I ordered the gammon steak. OK, it was nicely presented, but very very ordinary and not particularly well cooked. If it was the same as was served to the previous reviewer, he must have eaten some pretty dreadful gammon steaks in the past. My wife had fish and chips and wasn’t too impressed with her meal either.

We opted to eat in the upstairs dining room which has good views of the harbour, but with only one other guy eating, it lacked atmosphere. If we visit Whitby again, the Jolly Sailors won’t be on our itinerary.


steve2905 - 7 Oct 2007 16:38
Popped in here for lunch on a visit to Whitby whilst visiting family in Scarborough last Thursday (9th August). Never been in before but I am a regular visitor to Sam Smith's pubs in London.

Myself and my fiancee had lunch which we both declared were the tastiest well cooked Mixed Grill and Gammon Steak we had ever tried. Very many compliments to the chef.

It was washed down with two pints of perfectly kept and pulled pints of Old Brewery. The staff were very polite and all in all it was a excellent visit. I would recommend the pub to anyone in the area and I will definitely visit again. The pub is a credit to the Sam Smith's brewery
silentbob9484 - 15 Aug 2007 13:54
Visited agin this year for fishing, which was very good on 'Growler'. Ale here still good at £1.35 and was well kept. Visit was spoiled by what smelt like raw sewage squirting from a leaky pipe going into a drain in the entry to the 'Beer Garden'This sprayed onto the walkway so you had to walk through it on the way out.
anonymous - 5 Jul 2007 17:44
Having grown up in Yorkshire I love the sight of a Sam Smiths pub - you know exactly what you're going to get. Cheap beer that fluctuates from reasonable to excellent, and often a friendly atmosphere. Some can be a little bit "local pub for local people", but the Jolly Sailors didn't seem to suffer from that. Nice pub all in all - always pop in when I'm in Whitby
angelus1981 - 16 Apr 2007 16:49
Enjoyed mucky weekend here in 1981 with a sprightly, amicable & giving young thing,
Smashing low roofed bedrooms with deep comfy mattresses. (Bathroom across the way.
November it was, Bad weather, Gale force winds, Didn't venture out much, No need.
Big roaring open fires, Plates piled high with well cooked local produce, Great Sam Smiths Brews, Well stocked top shelf for pre? bed warmers,
Whitby at its best!
Happy days.
Went back to Jolly sailors last year for anniversary, Not much changed except no B&B, Had to stop up the quay, Still have open fire (not as big as i remember) Plates still piled high with good well cooked local produce, Sam Smiths still on excellent form, Good prices too. Top shelf still excellently stocked with Scotland's finest Pre bed warmers.
I, Still with same, not so young thing, only she's not so giving, amicable or sprightly anymore ether.
Only giving an 8 becouse of lack of B&B, Well worth a long visit.
sheerline1 - 11 Mar 2007 21:18
We found this pub on Sunday. Old Brewery bitter (£1.33 a pint) was excellent, went in every day of my visit to Whitby. Even the Soverign was in excellent condition for £1.34 a pint. Had lunch there on Wednesday 21st Feb - excellent fish and chips for £5.25, best we had in Whitby
furstyferret - 22 Feb 2007 17:17
If they didn't let dogs in, how come the place smelt of wet dogs on our visit. Cheap ale isn't always a sign of quality - if you want decent pint go to the other side of the harbour, quieter and more pleasant pubs over there.
quizman - 15 Oct 2006 18:35
Unexceptional Sams house with key feature that real ale is roughly half the price of it's neighbours. Bitter fine but not great. Not an obvious tourist pub, despite location.
mtaylor40 - 12 Aug 2006 00:25
Fell in, crawled out. The beer was Sam Smiths hand pulled bitter that had a good head and lined the glass all the way down. Once we found this pub didn't bother going anywhere else.
I would have made it a ten, didn't let dogs in as they said they served food. The food looked good but could see it for the fag smoke which needed a machete, lots more harmful than a dog. First time in a Sam Smiths but was a relavation. 1 pint premium lager + 3 pints bitter for £5.20. Got around the dog issue as they have a tabled area out back.
cryptomech - 17 Jul 2006 16:13
A nice local Samuel Smith house, on the quay front. Quite local based, but none the worse for that.
alistair_cross - 18 Jan 2006 12:35

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