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Jolly Fisherman, Stanstead St Margarets - pub details

Address: 8 Station Road, Stanstead St Margarets, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 8DH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 13839) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations St Margarets - Herts (0.1 miles), Rye House (1.3 miles), Roydon (1.8 miles)

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> Current user rating: 4.9/10 (rated by 16 users)
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This pub is in a great location on the tow path of the R. Lee. Big garden and plenty of space inside, plus patio area. For these reasons it caters for the family and not the beer drinker. It is a McMullin's place and so the real ale sticker is over used. It is not a free house and no respecting CAMRA person would turn up here unless desperate. I am a CAMRA chap and turned up as a friend liked the look of the place and we both wanted the loo. Beer was not even a good tasting AK, unlike at the Lion at Eastwick. Nice staff. Its a food place as stated and was busy. But it is corporate joint.
WeazelTimes - 10 Jun 2016 10:20
I won't mention the beer again - the choice will never change.
Took the family for a Sunday lunchtime treat. Only it wasn't.

Food was luke-warm, served on a cold plate and very disappointing.
I prefer my vegetables cooked for at least 20 minutes, not 20 seconds.
fugglehops - 4 Apr 2014 21:29
Following on my review of the Jolly Fisherman in Stanstead Abbots, I posted my comments to McMullen Pubs. I was delighted to have a very prompt response with apologies and after investigation, I was sent a voucher with assurances that they have reviewed their practices and improvements have been made. I now look forward to returning courtesy of McMullens and will comment further.
LK02 - 24 Sep 2012 12:55
Everything is jolly but the food!

After lovely a day out, four of us decided to have a pub supper and saw the Jolly Fisherman as we were passing through Stanstead Abbots. It looked idyllic being a hot sunny day and with the river location, it was just too wonderful to miss. The atmosphere was pleasant and everywhere looked clean, we also noticed quite a few group reservations, it was a good sign. Being early Saturday evening, the place was lively with mainly family groups and friends enjoying the garden area.

We started off very well. The service was not bad considering it was busy. We loved the wine, the house red was particularly enjoyable, room temperature and silky smooth. The chardonnay was equally good, fruity and chilled. Unfortunatley, it all went downhill from there. Two of us ordered the Baked Enchiladas, the others had a chef's special Thai Prawn Curry. Our friend had a Beef Nachos sharers dish as a main. Frankly, it would have been good to see a main meal salad option, being a hot sunny day.

The Enchiladas looked like they were cooked in a microwave - two small non descript rolls were dished on a small round plate. I didn't see any bubbling cheese on top, there was pockets of water and the bread itself was quite a soggy dough consistency. Definitely not baked. However, it tasted OK. A small garnish sized salad was placed on a hot plate and wilted and no dressing was provided. The Thai King Prawn curry had about 4 small prawns and no more than 4 tiny crackers. The Beef Nachos was mainly corn chips and little substance with the jalapenos being on the mushy side. The average cost of the main meals was just under 9 each. I have had better sized starters from other chain pub restaurants - ie Harvester, Wetherspoons, Old English Inns. As we were all very hungry we ate up and left stating we were disappointed. If it was not for my elderly mother being in the group, we would have just got up and left. I think we were all better off buying the same food in a supermarket and just heating it up ourselves at a fraction of the cost mirroring the basic and plain presentation with no attention to detail. We went home still hungry.

I would return again to the pub and it is in a good location, but definitely not for food.
LK02 - 10 Sep 2012 15:15
McMullen's pub near to the river Lea, small car park and outside drinking/eating area.
Two rooms inside with plenty of tables - some with reserved on.
Good choice menu, small or large portions at reasonable prices.
Again a poor choice of real ale in a Macs pub, Country or Cask averaging a pricey 3.50.
Piped music was annoying, especially if you want a quiet pint or have a conversation.
Staff were freindly enough though.
fugglehops - 27 Aug 2012 20:27

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