The Jolly Farmers, Lewisham

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14 Sep 2010
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Lovely unfancy little pub. Nice, friendly atmosphere (no rough lewisham types!) and well kept beers. For the area - it's a gem.



Just to note the photo is out of date - it looks much more appealing now in a lovely red rather than the deathly black as pictured!
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22 Aug 2010
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Now I am back in Aussieland after a great holiday, I shall miss my Monday nights at the Jolly Farmer so hi to all my new friends and the mussos, keep up the good playing.
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04 Nov 2009
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The Jolly seems to be doing OK and I'd have no problem going there - unlike most pubs in Lewisham and Catford. The Firkin is the only other decent pub on that stretch, but caters for a different crowd.



The Jolly still has plenty of events - live singers, karaoke, quiz nights, etc. - and a well-kept real ale or two (Sharp's Doombar for example).



The pub attracts very little in the way of trouble or dodgy characters, and my wife would be happy to go in there any time of day.
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18 Apr 2009
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Interesting comment from Minesabitter. Now let’s see how I remember things.



Under the name of Jordan’s, this was a pub where mild singing from a few friends and I got the manager treating us like unruly children and stopped us dead. On another occasion, my partner and I, being the last to leave, couldn’t use the toilets before leaving because the manager refused to unlock them. It was 11.22pm. Later, we often walked by and saw few, if anyone, in there.



The arrival of Julien and Chantel at the renamed Jolly Farmers was a welcome change. Now, Minesabetter claims “Service fell off, customers went elsewhere. An acoustic guitarist was allowed in, but trade fell away…” Well, Mr. Guitarist was often a band playing every Thursday, and Mondays were jam nights when up to ten musicians would sit and create great entertainment every week. Trade fell away?? If it did it was a long time coming; we went to many such nights. Julien and his wife were sadly missed, as evidenced by the turnout at their leaving do.



To their credit, new managers Les and Helen have cleaned up the place and have regular, quality entertainers and a quiz night. They also have organised a race day visit and got darts and crib up and running. When everyone else seems to be cutting back on regular outgoings, it is remarkable. And it is working. Good beers, good singers, good bar snacks; no need for sign language (unless you insist on standing next to a speaker). Sundays are now increasingly busy but relaxed as word gets out; their is now an atmosphere like a traditional back street London pub. The beer garden is cleaner and now has a sheltered area and a heater.



With the pub trade being as it is, honest comments, good or bad, should be welcome. But other negative comments - apparently from aggrieved parties - are thankfully obvious to spot. But they could create false impressions in many punters and help kill pubs off forever. And who benefits from that?
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24 Dec 2008
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This very small pub was a favourite of local residents, students and hospital staff when it became a Hogshead several years ago. It was one of the few pubs in the district where you could have a nice quiet chat.



It then became The Jordan when Alan Jordan took it. Alan continued the warm and friendly theme and increased its popularity.



After Alan, the landlord of the Coach & Horses across the road took an interest in it as he liked a nice quiet place for a relaxed drink! He restored its original name - The Jolly Farmer's - and put a manager in who ended the "quiet pub" theme.



Service fell off, customers went elsewhere. An acoustic guitarist was allowed in, but trade fell away and it closed briefly in September 2008 until a new landlord was found.



The pub is very small, only nine tables, so it came as a surprise to the remaining few regulars when two of these tables were removed to make way for a small stage where they naw have amplified bands playing every Friday and Sunday to just a handfull of customers. Conversation is impossible. Use sign language to order drinks.

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354 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London, SE13 6LE
020 8690 8402
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