I discovered this diamond of a pub last summer purely by accident (I was at the car wash across the road!) and have been a regular ever since. It looks like a traditional pub from the outside but it is way more than that! Inside it has the typical pub lounge bit in the front (complete with open fire) but nestling behind that is the restaurant area and a lovley beer garden.
Quite simply the food served in here is First Class! The menu is somewhat different, and might be described as what you would find in a 'Gastro' Pub, however on a Sunday it also serves the Traditional Sunday Roast which must compete for a place as the best in South West London (and beyond!) The cost doesn't break the bank either!
Finally a mention must go to the staff. The Landlord is jovial and with his team all being extremely friendly and helpfull!
If you are in the area, give it a try!
This is a classy little pub with heart. I am a fan of the decor (wood floor, dim lighting, leather wing backed chairs, dark green tiles) and was excited by the interesting gastro pub menu.
We stopped in for the first time on Friday, and enjoyed thick glass tumblers of perfect mulled wine. I'll certainly be returning for more of that in the snug bar area. We also had some great looking food which sadly just missed the mark, taste-wise.
The menu is that of a proper gastropub - chunks of various fleshes pan roasted and served on various carbs with jus. A token pasta dish for veggies, and chocolate fondant at the top of the dessert menu. The conservatory restaurant area was romantically lit with fairy lights and candles, and the service was a-ok.
My companion's fillet steak, onion rings and potato gratin with red wine jus were presented beautifully and were mostly yummy, but at £21 I don't think there is room for error, and there were some. The meat was cooked beyond the 'medium' that he'd asked for, the gratin was also overcooked so came out a bit dry, and the oil the onion rings were fried in was obviously not quite hot enough (they were not quite crisp, and had absorbed too much of it).
My belly pork with cassoulet was weird. It had aioli drizzled over it, which looked as if the chef had done something inappropriate in the kitchen (see picture). I can't fathom why someone would think that a fatty piece of pork and creamy beans needs a drizzle of garlic mayonnaise on top to finish it off. The layers of fat in the belly pork had not melted sufficiently into the meat, so I had to scrape clotted Vaseline-like layers of it out with my knife. The areas of the crackling which had crackled were cracking. The rest was chewy.
For much of the meal I was haunted by the awareness that my cassoulet reminded me of something...
Eventually I realised it tasted like a well known British brand of antiseptic cream (Germolene).
An internet search, one sleep and a phonecall with the chef later, I had cracked the mystery. Both the meal and said ointment contain cloves. In the case of the pork dish; waaaay too many cloves.
I wanted to love the restaurant, but at those prices I won't risk going back for a while. It's such a lovely little place though, that I'm bound to give it a second chance. As a drinking venue, it's a new local favourite.
The Jolly Gardeners is a great little gastro pub tucked neatly away in the heart of SW London. The pub is a great little place for a casual drink, a cosy dinner or a celebratory drink.
There is nothing pretentious about this pub at all. The interior is warm and hearty with the restaurant and beer garden wrapped in fairy lights, giving the pub a really genuine aura. The staff are friendly and helpful and I've found over the last few months that this is definitely *the* place to organise the odd birthday knees-up and casual get together.
The food is absolutely faultless. The servings are as big as the pub's hearty warmth - and that's big. The specials menu is on constant rotation during the week and you can expect anything from a good old steak 'n' chips to Pollack served on a bed of curried rice.
I don't have enough good words to say about The Jolly Gardeners. The casual atmosphere, food, friendly staff and big old vintage leather sofas culminate in its down-to-earth appeal and I highly recommend this pub if you ever happen to be passing along SW18's Garratt Lane.
The Jolly Gardeners is the local's local in Earlsfield. The tables appear to tip over slightly, leaning either to the left or the right, probably because of the combined weight of hundreds and thousands of pints over the years. Comfortable leather couches adorn the front section, and on occasion you'll find the service quite brisk.
If you're from another country and you want to impress a local, The Jolly Gardener would be a good choice. They offer a range of British pub dishes and the usual selection of beers and spirits one gets accustomed to in London, in a small, intimate setting in an area that's really quite quiet given its Zone 3 location.
This is a good up market pub (type restaurant) that serves really nice food. The front bar is pleasant for a drink and you can dine in the back too. They also have a nice beer garden (where you can eat also).
Good grub, though it is a little pricey. It's in the upmarket pub, almost restaurant price range. However you get what you pay for. I have ate here several times and it has always been good. Nice meat, well presented and summplemented with good organic veg.
I recommend this place. Definately worth popping into if you live in Earlsfield or neighbouring areas.
Where to start??? There is so many good things about this pub! I have been here quite a few times now, always for a Sunday Roast and I have to say it really is one of, if not THE best, roast I have tasted!! The staff are always friendly and welcoming which makes for a nice atmosphere. The dinning area is decorated in traditional heavy wood furniture with lots of fairy lights, it has and old romantic vibe but is still cosy. They have a good sized garden too which I will definately be trying out in the summer.
I totally reccommend this place for people who enjoy traditional food and an old england atmosphere!
Kids & dogs are welcome too!
Good old Jolly Gardeners!! I frequently visit this pub (well, it is a minutes walk from where I work). It is quite homely with the sofas and comfy chairs and with the bar area not being very broad, it is quite intimate too, unless your in the separate dining area or out in the garden.
The prices are about average for a gastro-pub, about £3.30p to £3.50p for a pint (less than some fancy bars but more than a Weatherspoons!). The bar staff are all good though, quick and helpful (and chatty providing the bar is relatively empty). The menu can sometimes come across as a little fancy sounding but the quality of food is always very good.
No sports are shown there as the one TV they have is never switched on but the Jolly Gardeners isn't a pub to watch sports in. The intimacy of the bar area and very pleasing decor make for a great meeting place for a group of friends, an after work drink or even meeting for a date (or an already established loved one).
There are other options for pubs in the area but the Jolly Gardeners is definitely a thumbs up,
Lovely food,decent beers and nice decor - this is definitely an upmarket pub/restaurant. But it's pricey and service is often very slow.
All our food is freshly prepared and GM free. Everything, without
exception, is hand made by us. As well as the A La Carte and Lunch
menus we have a daily changing specials board.
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