I ate at the Jolly Drayman Pub this summer during the Sunday River Tough Mountain Challenge weekend and had a decent but not overwhelming experience. The food is British Indian pub grub, and from the moment you walk in you are made to feel like you are in an old British pub. It is small but cozy and has a really cool vibe to the dining room. The menu is printed on newspaper which is also unique. Simone I started with an order of potato pancakes, and the size of the portion was huge. It was at least half a bags worth of little fried patties. I say bags worth because that's what they are, frozen patties from a bag that you can get down the road at the store. Satisfying and crispy, and addictive but not fresh or homemade. For our entrees, Simone got a salad with two large wedges of (kinda) local Vermont Cabot cheddar cheese, crusty rolls, spicy mango chutney and a good sized pickled onion. I have never tried a pickled onion before but it was surprisingly sweet and tender and it almost tasted like an apple.It went great with the sharpness of the cheese and It was the highlight of the salad. Unlike my wife, I opted for a real meal and went with Chicken Korma. This creamy almond and saffron coconut Chicken dish rivaled any that I have had at any Indian restaurant. It was rich, well balanced and full of flavor in every bite. It came with a traditional thin and crispy Poppadom cracker and for an up charge I ordered Naan Bread also. The Naan Bread was good but (again) came from the local grocery store...and in fact looked like the same exact brand I currently have in my own freezer. It was served with good refreshing cool Raita and some burn your butt chutney on the side. For dessert I had an excellent Chocolate Mousse cup that I would keep coming back for. Simone decided on a liquid dessert in the form of a very strong knock your clothes off Chocolate Martini that went down easy and made her smile for hours after. Overall the Jolly Drayman gets mixed reviews. Some items blew me away and others could have had alot more effort put into them. One point off for not authentic frozen store bought foods. Three stars.
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