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“Excellent fresh food served by staff who seem to genuinely care”

Jolly Farmers Pub Eatery & Farm Shop
Price range: $14 - $48
Cuisines: British, Gastropub, Grill
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Those in charge here really seem to care about every customer, I prefer eating in the bar area as the ambience is so much better, had sea bass today that would not have looked out of place in a Michelin star restaurant, my teenage son Whois not does silt pleased thought the fish and chips was the best he had ever had,
Just hope they can keep the consistency,

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Thank Kilkennynoel
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Interesting layout as you enter the Pub and arrive in a deli! A very interesting small shop selling homemade pastries, pies, preserves and homemade bread. Wines to go and a good selection of bottled beers.

We were seated in the newish restaurant, a bright sunny room overlooking the near by woods. Fresh, modern fittings and furnishings with simple table settings set us up for lunch. The menu was very tempting - lots of dishes based on local grown or reared produce.

Our light lunch started with a shared platter of smoked fish, lots for two and served along with deep fried calamares & bread/ olive oil dip - all very good. Decided on fish and chips for the main course, the small portion( which was very generous),and was well presented and cooked The light meal was in fact more than adequate and pleasing.

The service was pleasant and prompt - the staff attentive.

All in all we were very impressed with the Farmers Arms and look forward to our next visit.

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Thank Susanna G
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

The Farmers do a great breakfast - not cheap enough to be every day at £6.50 + coffees, but its always brilliantly cooked and nicely presented. A super place for special Sundays. Opens 9.15 get there to get a table instantly! On the English Breakfast you select 5 items from about 8, and a type of toast which arrives buttered on the plate. I always have scrambled Eggs,, Reigate Royal Sausages, Bacon twice (4 slices) and Mushroom, Not mush room on the plate but space appears very quickly! My husbands favourite place for breakfast locally.

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Thank Caroline S
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

For ladies who like a one course lunch to meet up and chat over, perhaps a table outside on a nice warm day, this is an ideal venue. For a real lunch or perhaps dinner be prepared for a long wait for service or even to actually have to seek out a waitress to ask for drinks or, on occassions, even to order food. The staff are cheefull and polite, unfortunately there more often than not seems to be a shortage. No one person concentrates on drinks, a loss of sales opportunity for the house. Food choice is fairly good and varied although sometimes cold .... be prepared for a large gathering to be served over a period of time and, even, children being served last ! Avoid Sunday evenings and those following an extended holiday weekend when choice can be restricted and frustration with slowness of service can tempt one to walk out. Having given the restaurant the benefit of doubt seperately with friends and family on several occassions would definately think twice in future ! Complaints to the Manager are met with some indifference (the customer is certainly not right in this restaurant) and little improvement. Interesting how the attraction of venues can deteriorate from a high.

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1  Thank Peter L
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

‘’We booked an evening meal for 7.15pm on Wednesday 20th February. Arriving at 6.45pm.
On arrival we found seats next to the open fire. I went to the bar to order a round of drinks. No one was at the bar. After a wait a woman appeared talking on her phone. She stood behind the bar whilst still on the phone. Making no attempt to cut short her call to attend to the bar customers.
She finished her call and served us a round of drinks.
We then relaxed by the fire only to be interrupted by a party of noisy children playing close by. The children’s party came to an end and the children slowly left. Unfortunately one of the children was then sick, a few feet from us all over the floor. The waitress promptly cleaned all the mess up with a tissue. Leaving the tissues in a bin close by. No attempt was made to wash the floor down.
We then had to make way for the arrival of two large sacks of logs.
Eventually we were shown to our table. The menus arrived with the Day’s specials attached. The waitress came to take our orders. We asked why we all had different ‘specials’. She replied that she did not know. As she had only just started her shift. She returned and advised that the menus had out of date special cards. They should have had ‘Wednesday’s specials.
We also asked if the radiator could be turned on. We were still sitting in our coats. Another waitress returned to say that the radiator was not working, even though some of the others were. We were then moved to another table close to radiators that were working.
The orders were taken. At 8.30 we were still waiting for food an hour after sitting down.
The starters arrived. One of which was a meat sharing board. The crispy meat on a wooden skewer was disgusting. Inside a thick coating of batter was a piece of fatty meat. The individual portions of pie were again inedible.
The main course eventually appeared. The omelette was like a piece of rubber and had to be left. Three small sausages on a mound of mashed potatoes. A meal you might find in a seaside cafe. The mussels looked as they had come from a boil in the bag meal, from Morrison’s. Fish and Chips nothing more than you would find in your local chippy.
This evening cost us in the region of £120.00. Including a round of drinks & a bottle of wine.
We were extremely upset and all felt that we should have gone to the local Pizza Express which would have offered much better value.
We wrote expressing our concerns and received a reply from the manager Paula Briscoe.She advised ‘’Many thank for your recent correspondence regarding your experience at the Jolly Farmers.
I am in the process of fully understanding what happened that evening and I will correspond back to you with seven days from today’’
As the seven days have passed and we have not received any further correspondence this is our only alternative.

As local residents we will not be returning.

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1  Thank Squashplayer04
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