Claiming to be arguably one of the most spectacular pub-restaurants in England, the Jolly Sailor overlooks the Hamble Estuary - a fantastic spot to have lunch and enjoy the view of the harbour. Run by Hall and Woodhouse - one of the few remaining regional family brewers, they brew award-winning Dorset ales and have run pubs for over 230 years. So they know a thing or two about what people want and how to look after them well!
The pub itself has little knick-knacks from boats and yachts scattered around the place with other nautical elements - a candle with worn wood around it setting the perfect atmosphere for a pub right on the water's edge, but the best thing about it is the fantastic view across the estuary.
Being a Sunday when we went, it had a roast menu as well as the usual menu and the specials board. So a few of us had roasts - lamb, chicken and beef, whilst I tried the crispy pork belly salad and fries. All the roasts look glorious and come with enormous yorkshire puddings and various helpings of red cabbage, carrots and suede with stuffing with the chicken. Mmmmm! Don't they look good?
Although the pork salad doesn't look like a lot, it is actually quite filling (especially after a pimms) and with a few fries on the side. There was actually a little more than this, but like the fries which always fly off the table into mouths as soon as they arrive, I started muching before I took a pic, sorry!
Prices are very reasonable considering you often pay for a view - with mains being around £10. They do get quite busy and I wonder if during the week the quality might be outstanding rather than just good. Definitely worth a visit, particularly for mariners.