The Jolly Farmer

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The Jolly Farmer Pub/bar Restaurant   Map ref: External site
Church Road, Cookham Dean Tel: 01628 482905

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This pub was bought by local villagers in July 1987. The 18th century building was about to be turned into a Harvester-type establishment (i.e. one of a national chain), inevitably stripping it of some character, when the villagers clubbed together and it is now theirs. Good job too, because this is an unusual pub in a quiet and attractive area which has decor in the style of a home. In fact, sitting in the lounge area you could easily imagine you were a guest in a house. This is to its credit. The pub is rather small inside and the restaurant area to the left (very different looking, almost formal with white table cloths) is closed off and darkened when the restaurant finishes serving.

Good real-effect gas fires. Being independently owned, it is a free house. Beers include Fosters, Kronenburg 1664 and Wadworth 6X, Youngs and Brakspears Bitter. Large garden at the back with some play equipment for children, small garden at the front facing the village church. No music or gambling machines or pool tables.

Restaurant is non-smoking and open 12 - 2.30pm daily for lunch and 7-9pm for dinner. Typical lunch offerings include beer-battered cod and chips and bacon brie and cranberry baguette. For dinner expect dishes like rack of lamb on a bed of mash with rich red wine and rosemary jus or baked salmon fillet on an avocado salsa.

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