Jolly Sailor, Maldon
The Jolly Sailor is one of two pubs situated down on the River Blackwater in Maldon. It's certainly an old property and judging from the lamps outside formerly an old Truman's place. Outside there's plenty of seating to get some salt air into your lungs and even an aviary off to one side. The interior isn't so good, sadly, with a confused mix of the old and new which doesn't sit entirely well together. So you have wagon wheels (a la 1970's pubs) and wooden beams (both real and mock) alongside some very slick looking black leather chairs and couches, which seemed to fill a fair chunk of the pub. They might look appropriate, say, in a media agency's reception, but in a 16th century pub they didn't quite work. Still, service was friendly enough and the beer on tap were pretty good, too. There is a fair emphasis on food, understandably focused on seafood and fish, while if you fancy spending a little longer in Maldon, B&B accommodation is offered above.
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Church Street, Maldon, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5HP
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