Jolly Farmer

Bar, Eatery

High Street (on A281)
Bramley, England, GU5 0HB
United Kingdom

+ 44 1483 893355 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

As BA RichLightWeight and I left the Grantley Arms in Wonersh, the Sun was setting, deeply entrenched on the horizon and throwing up a red ember hue with fiery orange and dark purples set against what was left of the blue sky , it was quite the Sunset! Despite the darkness our next stop was only a reasonably short walk through the Surrey roads, down the B2168 Station Road until we got to a cross-roads with the A281 High Street in Bramley. On the way we passed over the Wonersh Bridge (built circa 1780 and recently rebuilt in 1991) as well as past an empty looking Bramley Railway Station, the track long pulled up but the road still has a pair of its original Railway Crossing gates, shining even at night with its bright white paint and a large red circular stop sign. Once we got to the crossroads, the Jolly Farmer was just to our left down the hill and on the opposite side of the road. Now set in the diffused orange glow of street lamps against a dark dusky backdrop it was hard to see all the fine detail of the exterior but the imposing façade certainly does not need daylight to impress. Beware that the High Street is a busy road so take care when crossing, but dodging the traffic is well worth it.

The exterior is a two storey affair with a dark black tiled pitched roof and a gabled frontage to the right, whose second floor is faced on vertical red tiling. The windows all seemed to be painted in a dark green on close inspection, with all the upper windows having well stocked window boxes bedecked in sprouting colorful flowers. Set back from the road, this allows a fair sized road level outdoor drinking area whose periphery is cleanly defined with a small knee high stone wall which encompasses seven or eight picnic tables. Cream colored washed exterior stands out in the pubs own lighting at night. The Jolly Farmer is raised half a floor from the road level such that the entrance to the “ground” floor is gained up a flight of steps, painted in a dark green to match the windows. The most striking part of the frontage is the tall white painted timber framed sign, which houses a very colorful pub sign, a classic of the last Century, or older, and depicts a rather Jolly Farmer, riding a Sow whilst holding a pewter tankard in one hand and a red flower in the other. Once up the stairs, you’ll be greeted with yet another Pub Sign, but this time it is a more retrained, yet equally colorful version.

Inside the interior is very cozy, lots of thick carpet, dark wood table and chairs, horse brass, bric-a-brac and even a fish tank close to the entrance stocked with lots of colorful tropical fish. The sits in front of you as you enter, a small L-shaped room shoots off to your left and an even smaller one to the your right which opens into a corridor that runs down the right hand side of the bar as it stretches back. The Gents toilets have plastic urinals designed to look like black granite, and they do fool you, I had to flick them to be sure they were plastic. The interior of the pub and even the toilets is filled with new and old breweriana, beer mats stapled high on the ceiling, old local photos and bits and pieces of local history. Of interest were many stuffed animals, reminding you that the surrounding area is true countryside despite the freshly laid tarmac, brick and concrete which has only be here for the last 100 or so years.

Beer Range is excellent, my mate BA RichLightWeight immediately noted beers from at least two breweries that were not even listed in the latest 2007 Good Beer Guide published only weeks earlier. Needless to say they get brews from some of the newest and most interesting of the smaller craft brewers in the UK. Up to Eight Real Ales, usually no less than Six at any one time, but they are all sourced from differing sources, with a few regular favored Brewers (Badger, Itchen, Sharps, Grand Union, Hop Back, Oakleaf, Suthwyk, Wychwood and dare I ay W.J.Kings) usually supplying a handful of the ever changing brews. In addition, brewery conditioned offerings from Overseas on tap include Budvar, Lowenbrau, Hoffbrau, Leffe Blond and Brune and Hoegaarden too.

I really enjoyed my Pint in here, sadly the daylight was long gone, darkness had fallen and we only had a couple of Pubs left to visit. Even so, this is a great place to relax in a warm comfy welcoming atmosphere.

A multi-tasking Pub which offers a good selection of Wine and Spirits. The Food Menu is varied and includes daily specials. You can even stay here, in 6 well furnished rooms and a Flat located at the back.

A delightful roadside gem with a very interesting frontage which I would dearly love to return to see in the day light, even so, the beer range and quality alone make this well worthy of a visit anytime day or night. Recommended.

Last Visit: Sunday 29th October, 2006.

Nov 12, 2006
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CRJMellor from Arkansas

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is my lunch stop every time I visit my grandparents. Great little pub on the High Street in Bramley. Bramley is set in the beautiful Surrey countryside outside of Guildford. Car park in the rear as well as an outdoor patio. Nice smaller patio in front with about 4 picnic tables.

As you enter there is a front L-shaped bar area with a fireplace and two seating areas along with about 10 bar stools. In the back there is a more formalized dining area.
Does a decent lunch and dinner trade during the week but the weekend is really a busy time with a nice Sunday brunch.
Food is excellent quality and is keeping with the recent trend of upscale pubs in England to offer a little more than just the standard pub fare. Not quite Gastro but a little bit above Fish & Chips and Steak & Kidney (the version they do have is excellent though)
Always see at least 6-8 beers on cask with a few extra lagers on draught as well. Most of beers rotate fairly quickly and are generally local products. Really nice to see this pub operating in such a small village and promoting smaller breweries.
If you find yourself on the A281 south of Guilford then make sure to stop by as you'll drive right by it. (near the junction with the B2128)

May 24, 2005
Jolly Farmer in Bramley, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 2 ratings