So its Summer, and boiling hot! or at least it is at the time of me writing this, so what better way to relax after a hard day work but at an old pub overlooking the water?
Situated right on the water, overlooking the Hamble Estuary with its flotillas of yachts, and accessible by boat from Swanwick Marina opposite, The Jolly Sailor has been a pub since at least the 19th Century. With beautiful views, warm interiors, and ample parking (with Bursledon Station just 1 minutes’ walk away) and convenient for Southampton, Portsmouth and the M27, the Jolly Sailor is well worth the visit.
This is a proper quaint old pub, access would not be great for the disabled as it is tucked down the hillside overlooking the river and you need to go down a winding set of 30 or so stone steps. Beware ladies this is not the place for heels! The pub itself is cosy and gloriously quaint, you could easily spend a few hours there watching the sun go down over the marina.
The drink and food is a little above average price and there is no table service. For those with fuzzy friends this is also a dog friendly pub so great for the long lazy Summer afternoons outside. For those who are not veggie there are a good selection of meat and fish dishes, with a lot being locally caught. I had the falafel and halloumi burger which was simple and delicious. For dessert I had the biggest eaton mess I have ever seen! Portions are certainly generous here. Foodwise I would say it is good but not outstanding. You are paying more for the location than the food but you could easily lose whole afternoons and evenings here. So why not play this wonderful little hideaway gem a visit?