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The Jolly Sailor

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Bar, British, Pub, Welsh
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1 Church Street, Porthcawl CF36 5PD, Wales
+44 1656 782403
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Porthcawl, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great to see this traditional village local under friendly, welcoming management again. Beer is great as always, and menu is developing a good reputation. looking forward to making many more excuses to drag myself down here again and again!

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Thank proth2
Cardiff
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222 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

They do 2 sittings for Sunday lunch 12.30 and 2.30 so its advisable to book as it is quite small. The roast lamb dinner was very nice, just like a home cooked meal with lovely roasties and gravy. My only negative was that we could not see how much anything cost, there was a board stating the items for lunch... More 

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Thank HelmarkCardiff
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here for Sunday lunch with family. Service was very good, but that's where the good review ends. Food was bland and roast potatoes were so hard I couldn't put my knife in them, let alone cut them. Didn't have starters or dessert and won't go again. It was busy and felt a bit like a squashed sardine (don't really... More 

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Thank Ann H
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely evening meal with my husband and niece. Stayed at Trecco Bay holiday park only a 15 min walk away. Menu choice was not very big and they had sold out of a couple of the main meals but staff were friendly and service very good. Would eat here again.

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Thank JP7554
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived at 1.30 ( having tried to book at 11 but noone answered the phone. Beach walk nearby, so after our dog walk we thought we would try our luck. At 1.30 the menus hadn't been printed ! As a non meat eater, my choice ( verbal offering as no menu)was breaded plaice, lasagne or curry. All frozen off back... More 

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Thank angelina c
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

The food here is very good and is well priced my daughters chickin nugget & chips would have fed an adult £3.99 was great value

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Thank kevin h
Porthcawl, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

First time visiting the jolly sailor for food and it has exceeded expectations. My partner and I both had the rib eye steak with chips and all the trimmings. It was cooked to perfection and it's nice to see that this local traditional village pub are using local butchers. Bar staff were extremely welcoming and atmosphere friendly. We will be... More 

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2 Thank DLC1928273745
South Wales
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98 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Although the Jolly Sailor under its new management has some of the essential ingredients to get it back to its pinnacle (in our eyes) of the best pub meals in Porthcawl, such as friendly surroundings, a confident & friendly landlady, good service and clean tables etc. They do currently lack a couple of the essentials like enough copies of the... More 

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1 Thank FMMSouthWales
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148 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Popped for an afternoon drink - nice friendly atmosphere. Unfortunately no food when we visted as xhangi g hands the following week. Will call again when under new management.

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Thank JimPfromWashington
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

We have been coming back to this pub for a few years now while on holiday, could sit outside and pass the hours away with a few drinks and it is very pleasant.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Welsh
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Church Street, Porthcawl CF36 5PD, Wales
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Southern Wales  >  Vale of Glamorgan  >  Porthcawl
  • Phone Number: +44 1656 782403

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?