The Jolly Sailor Maldon Essex Hot

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The Jolly Sailor Maldon Essex
Address Church Street
Town/City Maldon
County Essex
Postcode CM9 5HP
Tel No. 01621 853 463
Website http://www.jollysailor.com/

The Jolly Sailor in Maldon is a traditional English pub that exhibits the rich history of Essex and East Anglia.

The Jolly Sailor offers fine food with an emphasis on sea food. The fish is fresh daily from local trawlermen, and the days offerings are shown on the daily specials blackboard, and range from small flatties to large cod.

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Six meals ordered, not even one meal finished

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Reviewed by chris
August 28, 2015
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Went to dinner with my family last night and was presented with perhaps the worst meal I have ever been expected to pay for.
The starters were cod, chicken gujons and whitebait. Considering how close the restaurant is to the sea, you would have expected fresh fish....alas, this was not the case. The cod was frozen and reheated, the whitebait tasted like canned sardines (probably been hanging around for a while). The starters were served on a mountain of uninspiring salad that was wilting and slimy from being left in a bowl of water for God knows how long. Bread was burnt.

The mains: rack of ribs, cheese burger and gammon steak were equally disappointing. The ribs and cheese burger had obviously been reheated in a microwave, but we're not necessarily hot all the way through. The gammon steak tasted (and looked) as though someone had poured salt on an old boot. Chips were passable and the beer was OK.

Overall, we were not able to finish a single meal and have been fighting the urge to vomit all day. We would not go back if you paid us!

 

jolly sailor

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Reviewed by s smith
February 15, 2012
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a warm feel as just been newly painted i have been many times before and the menu changes. food very nice.
made my dog welcome. friendly staff.

 

lovely meal

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9.6
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Reviewed by martin pike
May 11, 2011
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had a great meal. really enjoyed our starters and main meal, one complaint to much on the plate

 

a great night out

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Reviewed by andrew smith
August 08, 2010
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i live in welling in kent. by accident i found the joly sailor. we sat outside and were made to feel really welcome. the food was served quickly and hot.my only complaint is that there was to much of it. both my wife and i could not eat our food. i had the 20 oz rump. my wife had the cod. we had a really nice bottle of wine. again my only complaint two many bottles to choose from. we settled on the cloudy bay.i no we will be back

 

Jolly Sailor - Heybridge Basin 30th July 2010

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We visited the Jolly Sailor in Heybridge Basin yesterday evening. The restaurant was empty but it was early but didn't have that much ambience in its decor. Nonetheless, my Dad had rated the fish & chips from a previous visit so in we went. The starters were fine - we had the deep fried brie wedges (although it was a bit tepid) but tasted OK and the calamari which was fine. Two of us went for the haddock and chips which again were up to par. My mum plumped for the homemade steak pie and I went for the homemade moussaka on the special board.



The waitress asked if our food was OK before I'd even managed to pick up my knife and fork so I wasn't able to comment. However, within a mouthful I was certain that it was the most anaemic, lacklustre and unappetising moussaka that I've ever been served and this had been "recommended" to me by the waitress. If a moussaka like this was ever served within 10 miles of Greece, the cook would be exported. The meal had hardly any seasoning and none of the flavourings and sauces which you would ordinarily expect with moussaka ie. no tomato and no sauce whatsoever just an oily slick at the bottom of the dish. The only way to guess that it was indeed moussaka was for the token very thick chunks of aubergine on the top of the dish along with some equally thick unappetising slices of potato.



My mother's steak pie was equally disappointing as although there was plenty of meat inside the pie, it was completely void of any juices and the meat was dry and tasteless.



Both my mother and I left a good proportion of our meals and when the waitress returned, we commented that we had not been very happy with our meals - she simply said "oh" and walked off.



We declined a dessert and paid the bill and complimentary chocolates arrived with the change. A nice touch you would think but alas no. The quality of the chocolate was so cheap and nasty that it left a vile taste in your mouth.



As we were leaving the restaurant a woman (who I presume to be the manager/owner) cleared our glasses and asked if we'd enjoyed our meal. I reiterated our comments and all we got in response was, "We've sold loads of the steak pie today" and your mother had gravy with her meal didn't she?...." as if that makes the fact that the pie was dry OK. She didn't even comment on the moussaka. Her final comments were "oh well, it's always good to receive feedback".....unbelievable.



We will be going back to Heybridge Basin as we like it there but we will not be going back to the Jolly Sailor. It was a very disappointing end to a pleasurable day. My parents were upset with me for complaining about the meal as they find it embarrassing and you should just put up and shut up. I, on the other hand, do not agree with this philosophy and was extremely disappointed with the food, the attitude of the management and also with the mentality that just because they get a lot of tourists and bums on seats that they don't have to worry about repeat custom. The meal wasn't cheap for what you got and I certainly don't mind paying high prices for good restaurants and good service but the Jolly Sailor simply does not fall within this category. We will not be returning.

 
 
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