Jolly Sailor – Davenport
A jolly good evening indeed!
After what seemed like a lifetime the Jolly Sailor opened its doors last week for the first time in a while.
Stockport’s mighty fine rain held the project back which is of course as expected as it has been absolutely pouring over recent months.
Lucky for us the day we attended the sun came out for its opening weekend. Sun, a new beer garden and a newly refurbished pub led to the Jolly Sailor being incredibly busy. Something we weren’t expecting.
With a new carpark (that has extraordinary large car parking spots), planted borders and a fantastic outdoor seating area our first impressions were whole heartedly positive.
We always revel in seeing local businesses packed to the rafters with local punters.
Upon entry you are greeted with an expanse of space cut into well presented segments: a bar seating area, a dining room and a lounge area.
The divided spaces create a cozy atmosphere in a rather large space.
The draw of this layout means you can move around and have different experiences wherever you decide to settle.
The decor is as expected from contemporary establishments. Interesting wall paper, casual seating, Edison bulb light fittings and framed artwork. But hey, if it works why change it.
We must admit the skylight in the main dining area is a welcome addition as it opens the room up perfectly. The added artificial plants create an earthy feel that is always a nice fit in any restaurant.
Now to the food...
The menu is large – very large indeed. It has a number of varied options that fit the customer base accordingly.
We decided on this occasion to try firstly the goats cheese, roasted vegetable, rocket, balsamic vinegar and olive pizza.
It came very well presented and in incredible time considering the amount of people dining.
We must say the pizza was pretty faultless it was well baked, had fantastic flavour and was very filling.
Our only criticism was to invest in some thicker balsamic vinegar as the one used was a tad watery.
Next for the Vegan folks amongst us we went for the Goan Curry which combined sweet potato, spinach and chick peas with a side of rice and a toasted pitta.
The curry was unexpectedly full of flavour. It felt as if they had put some thought into it rather than just throwing in a last minute vegan option.
We of course went for a pudding and we had to choose the widely considered pudding of all puddings the sticky toffee pudding.
Now we’ve had our fair share of weak sticky toffee puddings but this one was up there with some of the best.
Without using too many cliches it was melt in the mouth standard. We’d highly recommend ordering it.
We had a fantastic time at the Jolly Sailor and of course as it is a new team, set with a new menu, in a new environment, it will of course have its teething period but we have no doubt this is a great thing for the people of Davenport and Stockport as a whole.
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We were invited to dine as guests of The Jolly Sailor and were not asked to pay.