The Jolly Sailor, Orford, Suffolk, October 2016

Hello sailor!

This week has very much been about lovely coastal pubs, and The Jolly Sailor is another of those. Nestling just a short distance inland from the River Alde, and only a mile from the actual sea, The Jolly Sailor fits nicely in that category.

We parked our bikes in the beer garden, popped in to reserve a table for lunch (it gets busier than you’d imagine for an October lunchtime), had a quick stroll around the village, and then came back to eat.

I probably don’t have to tell you by now that it’s an Adnams pub. Suprisingly this was my first pint of Spindrift this week. Adnams call this a blonde ale, but it’s more of a gose/lager hybrid. Refreshing and delicious, and still as good as the first time I had it in Norfolk many years ago. Certainly very good when you’re out cycling by the seaside.

On to the next most important thing – replacing lost calories. Five options on the sandwich menu:-

Hoisin duck and spring onion wrap
Buffalo mozzarella, tomato and avocado open sandwich
Prawn and crayfish Marie rose
Smoked ham and Gruyere cheese toasties with Suffolk chutney
Cumberland Sausage Baguette with onion jam

I opted for that last one (triple pork nirvana is on again, after several near misses earlier in the week) and it comes with a really nice dressed salad and vegetable crisps (Tyrell’s I suspect):-

A lovely sausage baguette, great sausages, nice crusty baguette and sweet onion marmalade (they call it jam). Hearty and delicious.

Mrs MOFAD opted for the ham & cheese toastie, which was well filled with ham and cheese, and nice and warming on a day of sea breezes.

Our cycling and dining companions Hazel & Matt had the cheeseboard and some accompaniments, all very tasty stuff. I also got free grapes from the cheeseboard 🙂

The Jolly Sailor is a lovely seaside pub, and there’s a nice big beer garden out the back for warmer months too. Really nice food and good beer. And they allow dogs. MOFAD approved of course, and a MOFAD card was left. Well worth it if you’re in the area, and definitely worth stopping off at if you’re riding the Suffolk coastal cycle route, which passes within about 50 yards of the pub…

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