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I discovered this pub by accident. On a sunny weekday after work, a friend and I went for a long bike ride along the Bristol to Bath cycle path. Feeling slightly parched and peckish we followed signs off the pathway to The Jolly Sailor. Don’t get me wrong, I do love a leisurely cycle ride but it’s even better when there’s the promise of a cold pint and some tasty pub grub.

Just off the beaten track sitting right on Saltford Lock, this little gem makes you feel as though you’re in the heart of the countryside (when really you’re just a few miles outside of Bristol). The historic pub was built in 1726 and the front is covered in ivy. With lots of seating outside, The Jolly Sailor is the perfect place to while away summer afternoons, and lots of other bikers had a similar idea to us.

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The menu is brimming with classics to keep everyone happy. The food is cooked to perfection and served with the friendly hospitality of a proper British boozer. The atmosphere is relaxed and cosy, just a pub should be, while the food is made fresh daily using only local suppliers.

If it’s just a tipple you’re after, then this a great spot to sip a few local beers while sat by the Avon, or even on their own island (if you’re willing and brave enough to cross the lock). During the colder months, indoors you’ll find comfy seating, large fireplaces and blazing fires. There’s plenty of space in their conservatory dining room, which boasts views across to the river.

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I’ve heard marvellous things about their generous Sunday lunch: Yorkshire puds, crunchy potatoes and lashings of gravy all piled high. This was a great find definitely worthy of another visit.

Read our review of the Jolly Sailor here, request a free copy of our Bristol Food & Drink Guide here, or view the guide online below:

Izzy Emberson

Izzy Emberson

Izzy’s enthusiasm for food and cooking came from family holidays to Tuscany and the south of France. She loves anything from the sea and growing up in Norfolk there was never a shortage of fresh fish or a yummy Cromer crab. Before turning her hand to writing she studied history of art so when she’s not in the kitchen she spends her time wandering aimlessly round galleries and museums.

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