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The Jolly Sailors, King's Lynn, Norfolk

The Jolly Sailors

4.4
4.4
1513 reviews
£25 and under
British
Voted the nation’s favourite family pub, our 18th century village local on the Norfolk coast serves real ales from our microbrewery Brancaster Brewery, home cooked wholesome food, great pub classics including Jolly Smokehouse specials, local seafood, stone baked pizzas and ice cream from a garden beach hut (and not forgetting the largest selection of rum on the coast!).

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2 people

19:00


Booked 15 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Home cooking, Burgers
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01485 210314
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Nick Ramsay
  • Area
    Brancaster Staithe
  • Parking Details
    We have a large car park at the front of the building and also a car park at the rear of the building.
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

What 1,513 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Child-friendly

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Good for groups

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Lively

1,514 Reviews
  1. Marian

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The meal was just what I wanted and nicely cooked. I also ordered an elderflower cordial, having forgotten how sweet that is, so that wasn't so great but the food was really good.

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  2. MarkP

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all round. Nice and busy but got the food out in good time. Great vibe

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  3. kingsley

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good Sausage and Mash and Vegan Barbie Burger

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  4. KarenJ

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff, great food. We had the mussels and the tagliatelle from the specials board. Dog friendly. Nice atmosphere, plenty of parking.

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  5. Michelleb

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit for us, food was amazing. Loved the ambience will definitely return with our four legged friend, so dog friendly! Great service too. Highly recommended

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  6. LauraH

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fab find whilst on holiday! Thank you! We will def be back again if we visit the area again!

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  7. IanM

    Cambridge

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have had many meals at the Jolly Sailors over a period of years and always found a good welcome and quick reliable service. The food is of a good value pub food standard at a reasonable cost.

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  8. DavidC

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautifully cooked rump steak, and nothing to complain about with the rest of our meal. Barman recall rum based on one my wife particularly likes and it didn't disappoint. Staff friendly and helpful. Always thought it would be good just for pizzas - but it is to be recommended for a whole lot more

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  9. AnnaL

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant, great food, great staff , highly recommend xx

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On holiday so it’s great to not cook or wash up. Staff very friendly and efficient. Food great.

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  11. Chris

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went on Monday evening because Nelson's Shantymen rehearse at the Jolly Sailor then. They were on fine form and we had a wonderful evening.

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  12. SandraW

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this pub and Nelson shantymen singing was definitely a bonus

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  13. DeniseJ

    Bedfordshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had Sunday lunch at the Sailors. Very nice we all cleared our plates! Nice staff all very efficient. Had the bonus of being able to take our dogs. Would recommend.

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  14. KarenW

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fab venue delicious pizzas would definitely recommend & visit again

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  15. MeganL

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    That a lovely find, from the minute we arrived, we were looked after, even with the pub full! We were early for our booking, however after a conversation and a drink in the bar we had a table and a great meal. I have a seafood allergy and they were able to cater for me without any issues! If you are in the area, make sure to have a meal at the Jolly Sailors in Brancaster!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely Sunday lunch, feels delicious and service was fantastic! Totally recommend it x

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  17. WillieWilson

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice Sunday Lunch enjoyed. Beef and Pork were tried and both excellent. The desserts were great too. Highly recommend this place.

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  18. NicH

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great welcome and very pleasant dog friendly space for lunch with friends. Brancaster mussels really good: sausage and mash enjoyable but one case of cool gravy. Excellent hyper-local cal Wreck bitter and very enjoyable white wine, friendly chatty and helpful staff. Hurrah!

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  19. FoodFan

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We visit often. We always try to go outside of their busiest times and really enjoy every meal. We take our labrador along each times and she receives a warm welcome and a treat. Food, service and ambience is always great and the staff never fails to make us feel at home.

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  20. SebK

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food. Great drinks selection and fab staff

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  21. SLB0306

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The Jolly used to be great, now I get the impression the staff feel they're doing us the favour. The food is very average and not worth the price. Such a pity but until the service and food improve we'll go elsewhere.

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  22. RhonaB

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our whole experience here, staff very friendly and efficient, lovely food, good value for money and very dog friendly!

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  23. Peter

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, friendly service in a great location 👍

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  24. JamesM

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent pub food - we had great sausages and mash and local mussels - and friendly, efficient service. Unpretentious in an area full of slightly too-smart pubs. Good for kids too.

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  25. Nicola

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good atmosphere, good service and decent food. Can’t go wrong the The Jolly Sailors

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  26. CharlotteF

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Olivia who served us was amazing and very attentive

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  27. kathyp

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely meal here. Staff very friendly food and drinks excellent. Service very good, and most importantly dog friendly

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  28. Whitwoo2

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice food. Pizzas were especially lovely. Was very busy which is a good sign!

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  29. MirandaS

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always so nice here the service is great and perfect for families!

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  30. Lavo

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had fish & Chips the fish was cooked to perfection but the chips were the big fat ones they where cooked well on the outside but very dry in the middle , I don’t understand why chefs cook big fat chips this way cause they are never cooked quite right . My husband had the chicken curry which was delicious . The service was absolutely spot on , well done to them cause it was very busy .

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  31. RichardS

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always a great meal In a superb bun on the North Norfolk Coast. I return to this pub often and am never disappointed. A great, yet simple menu and not a bad meal on it.

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  32. MandyU

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a quiet Christmas eve meal. Very nice. Pizza was great as was the sausage and mash. Treacle sponge portions were huge! Never had a bad meal here.

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  33. SarahS

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always great relaxed pub with extremely friendly staff who look after you so well providing great food and drink, the perfect evening

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  34. JillM

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    When we are in Norfolk we always come here its very family friendly, tasty food and good value for money.

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  35. Jason

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal, super service by Kate. Would highly recommend.

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  36. DesL

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great pizza, great garlic bread, great brie, in fact all of the food was wonderful and on our table super fast!!!!

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  37. JuliaQ

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely pub excellent food and lovely waitress called Sarah nothing to much trouble. Plus entertainment from the Nelson Shanti men

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    to much gravy on the plate beef was sliced on a machine then heated up the pork was the same not up to our Sunday lunch won’t return

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always a perfect mix of service, busy-ness, a great ambience and always a pleasure to come back. I think it was Genna(?) who served us at the table, plus service with a smile from Jamie and Caitlin at the bar.

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  40. SarahB

    Northampton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was friendly and the food was delicious, portion sizes are great! Lovely atmosphere, relaxed and welcoming.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

The Jolly Sailors offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01485 210314.

The Jolly Sailors is rated 4.4 stars by 1513 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Jolly Sailors

Main Road, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE31 8BJ

Additional information

  • Area
    Brancaster Staithe
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, Home cooking, Burgers
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    We have a large car park at the front of the building and also a car park at the rear of the building.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Nick Ramsay
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining
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