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The Jolly Sailors, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk.

The Jolly Sailors

Recognised by The Good Food Guide 2020 as ‘A neighbourhood gem’ and the Good Beer Guide 2021

Situated on the A149 coast road at Brancaster Staithe, The Jolly Sailors is a long-established North Norfolk pub and run by the same owners as the nearby White Horse. It offers great food and ales at good value prices and is very family friendly indeed.

Housed in a white painted façade with blue door and windowsills that you can’t miss, the inside of The Jolly Sailors is rustic and warm, with plenty of wood and stone. It is also smart and cared-for, giving it an appealing vibe that elevates it to a higher-than-average-quality traditional eating pub.

The bar offers a wide selection of real ales and guest beers. Being the associated pub of the independent, family-owned Brancaster Brewery, The Jolly Sailors has many of this breweries’ ales on tap. View tasting notes and a Brief History of the Brancaster Brewery.

If ale isn’t your thing, there is a comprehensive wine list, with choices by the bottle and glass and there’s always a good cup of tea or coffee on the brew. Reassuringly, since we’re near the sea, there’s a Jolly Rum List – a selection of some Rums, plus cocktails. Ask for ‘Rum of the Month’!

Outside is a large, leafy beer garden for warmer days with an adventure play area that would occupy even the most energetic child.

Food-wise, you’ll find home cooked pub food (including a plethora of local seafood), delights from ‘The Jolly Smokehouse’, as well as delicious stone baked pizza (an unusual twist) that you can eat in or takeaway. Perfect if you’re holidaying nearby. There’s a Kid’s Menu, a Daily Specials board and lighter options for lunch.

A sign outside reads “Children, muddy boots and dogs welcome” and this pretty much sums The Jolly Sailors up. Unpretentious and open to all, it has been providing warm hospitality to friends and strangers since the 18th Century. Still true to its traditional roots, it is also firmly 21st Century, focusing on good quality food, drink and service.

Open Sunday to Thursday 12 noon-10pm, Friday & Saturday 12 noon-11pm

Food served 7 days – check The Jolly Sailors’ website for times as they may alter with the season.

The Jolly Sailors

Brancaster Staithe


PE31 8BJ

Tel: 01485 210314