The Jolly Sailor
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Boasting stunning waterfront views, The Jolly Sailor is a true gem perched right on the Hamble River. This outstanding pub-restaurant in Bursledon is the perfect destination for visitors from land or sea – you can moor your boat on the pontoon while you dine or enjoy a drink at the well-stocked bar. The interior features everything you could want from an authentic riverside venue: oars, ropes, lanterns, maps and knot-tying instructions make up the decor, adding to the pub’s unique charm. We were seated next to the roaring log fire, which was perfect for a chilly winter evening. During warmer months, diners can head to the sizeable outside area, making The Jolly Sailor a great choice all year round.
The traditional menu features a range of choice to suit all tastes. To start, I couldn’t resist the crab mayo with malted sourdough. The mouth-watering meat was perfectly complemented by creamy mayo and a zingy lemon wedge. My partner was equally thrilled with her choice of vegan Buffalo tempeh wings served with crudités and vegan garlic mayonnaise. To follow, I opted for the perfectly cooked pan-seared duck breast with wonderfully creamy Dauphinoise potatoes, while my partner raved about her tarragon chicken, which came with a creamy herb sauce, delicately seasoned new potatoes and peppered green beans.
With spectacular views, a warm, friendly atmosphere and a top-class menu, The Jolly Sailor is a fantastic destination that’s worth seeking out.