The Jolly Farmers, Purley

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We old fogeys think we remember this pub as the Propellor, a once well-known favourite of the RAF fighter pilots flying out of nearby Kenley aerodrome. Once upon a time this was run by an ex-RAF type and was replete with wartime photos and memorabilia. Then it became a Hungry Horse and has now reincarnated as the Jolly Farmers. All the old partitioning inside has gone, to open up a large bar area, but the old high ceilings remain and the pub is in good decorative order. All its own old history is, however, gone and has been replaced by photos of Purley in the 1910s or '20s plus adverts for old farm implements from all over the place. Don't we love Pubcos and their subtle re-brandings! In fairness, the Jolly Farmers has a freshness about it that suggests new management and new ideas. The most predominant of these seems to be the pub's launch as an evening music venue, with a variety of bands and entertainment throughout the weeks. We wish them well at this, as Croydon and its environs aren't well served for live music. However, we went in at lunchtime, for a quiet pint and a bite to eat. We were disappointed to find that the offer of 'all-day-pub-grub' was just a few sandwiches under glass, but were told that a proper lunch menu was supposed to be starting 'soon'. A battery of lager pumps are lined up for fast service on busy music nights, we guess, and three hand-pulls hide almost out of sight dispensing Fuller's Pride, Bombardier and Young's Ordinary. We tried the Young's and it was very good but no one else seemed to be trying anything much at all. You can sit out at the front of the Jolly Farmers, but the benches look out directly onto the very busy Purley one-way system and onto the giant Tesco opposite and away from the traffic fumes there's a small garden come car-park at the back. Maybe this pub isn't trying to major as an all-day offer, and it's attempting to build a new reputation on its evening trade. For us, passing by at lunchtime, it disappointed. We wish its efforts in the entertainment industry well, and we'll pop-in again to see if things are different.
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Contact details
7 Purley Road, Purley, London, CR8 2HA
020 8660 2076
Opening times
Mon-Sat 12:00-00:00
Sun 11:00-22:30
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Quiz night - thursday


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