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The Jolly Farmer
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Popped in for Sunday lunch, late afternoon on a sunny day. Very busy when we got there as lovely separate children's area and eating area/patio. The bar area is extremely cluttered and I would agree with other reviewers that it could do with a clean and tidy - however; the staff and landlord were very pleasant and extremely helpful, the food was good (though generally a bit overpriced when compared to other pubs with better food) and came in good time with sauces in jars rather than silly packets and included a nice selection of fresh vegetables with each meal.
Waitresses cleared plates and offered deserts promptly which were nice but not homemade; the waitress did not know much about the deserts when questioned about what they were.
All of the slight negatives were overshadowed by the attentive staff and good food in pleasant surroundings.

Room Tip: We did not stay here; just came for lunch and drinks
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Summerlover327
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

Great old British Pub! Nice food, friendly staff, good garden with trampolines and a slide to entertain youngsters, a old car outside to look at, and not to far from Dibles Park caravan park (quite short walking distance) Would recommend and come back!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank 381Clare47
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

I don't like chain pubs and restaurants as they can often lack charm and character so I was excited when I stumbled across the Jolly Farmer on line as it appeared to be a good old local pub but with the added bonus of a lovely large garden, which can be in short supply in the South, and it offered food. I was a little sceptical as to how this small pub could provide excellent quality food with such an extensive menu (three or four different fish dishes, two choices of steak, chicken dishes, pie dishes etc) but when I considered the price, which is what someone might expect to pay in London, I convinced myself that it must be good so we visited last Saturday night for drinks and dinner.

In short, this pub/restaurant could be fantastic if it had a complete decoration overhaul and a new chef. As we sat in the restaurant area, surrounded by dust and clutter (a box marked christmas crackers full of candles was conveniently stored next to my chair) we admired, once our eyes were drawn away from the fire damaged light shade with bulb yet to be replaced, a photograph of the landlord and landlady, taken at least thirty years ago in the very restaurant we were sitting in and unsurprisingly the pictures on the wall, light shades, wall paper and furniture in the photograph were all exactly the same as today. Don't get me wrong, I don't expect such a pub to be decked out in a contemporary manner, but fresh clean walls would compliment the original features and de-cluttering would allow customers to enjoy their meal rather than feel that they were in a store room.

When considering that starters are on average £7-10 each and main courses range from approximately £14-25 it is very disappointing to find cardboard beer mats on the dining tables, paper napkins in the wine glasses and plastic shot glasses being used to serve dipping sauces. The food was ok..just. It was certainly not worth the price charged. The side salad with the starter was very basic, the vegetables with the main course were over cooked and lacked imagination, the pastry on the pie was slightly undercooked, the crackers with the cheese were a tad soft and the butter was served in those awful individual foil wrapped rectangles, the banoffee pie lacked banana and the Irish coffee had too much cream. I did find, however, that the staff were very friendly albeit the nice young lady who served us knew nothing about the menu or the wine list. Unfortunately we won't be back. There are too many fabulous pubs/restaurants in Hampshire to waste time and money at this establishment.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

£50.00 for two kids and one adult meal. Poor service; hand to go and get cutlery ourselves. So many staff about, but none would offer a smile let alone service. The vegetables had been re-heated at least three times. Chicken salad was awash in sauce.
Complained but nothing was offered as a way of apology. Bar staff more interested in flirting with what few customers were about. Landlord propping the bar up and was either to drunk to care or just couldn't be bothered.
Absolute rip off; really old and tired inside the pub and the gardens were equally shabby.
AVOID with a barge pole this place is terrible

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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4  Thank DL1066
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Reviewed 16 June 2013 via mobile

Good food , happy friendly staff , shabby but with character pub would recommend . We never. Used the accommodation only ate so could not correctly state rooms . Garden was lovely which we would return to use but this visit we sat indoors . Kids were having fun in the garden which was pleasant to hear , will return with our own kids next time .

  • Stayed: May 2013
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1  Thank Claireandrachel
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