After an extensive period of renovation, The Jolly Gardeners recently reopened in Putney, sporting a new look alongside a brand new menu and a fully refreshed drinks list.
A neighbourhood favourite, The Jolly Gardeners has grown to be a Putney institution, serving up the perfect atmosphere for post-work drinks, relaxed weekend brunches and sumptuous Sunday roasts.
The Putney pub’s interior has been given a thorough sprucing up with wood flooring, exposed lighting and an original fireplace, creating a warm atmosphere throughout. The Jolly Gardeners has also added a number of decorative flourishes such as wall-mounted trowels, potted flowers and a resident gnome which all draw on the green-fingered theme.
The Jolly Gardeners has also completely revamped their fantastic garden area. Outdoor drinkers and diners can shelter in one of a clutch of colourful potting sheds, fully heated in the winter months providing the perfect hideaway for a cosy catch-up with friends. There are also a number of outdoor tables ideal for long summer nights spent soaking up the evening sun.
The Jolly Gardeners’ drinks offering has also received a full makeover, with a host of new draft beers behind the bar, including a quartet of superbly kept cask ales. Among the speciality draught beers, lagers and ciders on offer are Brooklyn Lager, Franziskaner and Addlestones, with a number of guest beers rotating year-round. An expertly selected wine list and collection of house spirits are also available to the pub’s Putney locals.
The food at The Jolly Gardeners focuses on traditional pub dishes such as Free Range Cherry Orchard Sausages with beer mustard mash and red wine gravy and a West Country Beef Burger served with Taw Valley cheddar, fries and house relish. A range of weekend brunch dishes is also available, including Wild Salmon Fishcake with poached egg and hollandaise, Eggy bread with bacon and maple syrup and The Jolly Gardener’s renowned Breakfast of Champions for two to share which is definitely worth visiting this Putney pub for.
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On arrival at The Jolly Gardeners we walked passed the potting sheds, but these are no ordinary garden sheds. Equipped with tables for 4-6 people, outdoor heating and an electric atmosphere these are definitely worth booking. An added twist is the ping pong table which has a multi purpose allowing you to dine on. There is a minimum spend to book a potting shed which is very reasonable and averages at approximately £20 a person.
The Jolly Gardeners has a lively vibrant atmosphere and is a good place to catch up with friends, enjoy after work drinks or duck in for a quick pint. They have a great selection of beers and wines. No cocktails here but there is still a long list of spirits to keep the bar babes happy.
The Jolly Gardeners serves good hearty pub food. To start we had chorizo dipping breads which had the perfect kick although I would have preferred a less toasted focaccia. The mushroom starter was extremely generous and had a perfect stilton creaminess. This dish is an absolute must for cheese lovers.
The mains included beef short rib and the special of the day which was pork belly. The beef short rib comes highly recommended and did not disappoint. Soft, delectable juicy beef smothered in BBQ sauce just fell off the bone. A definite one to try. For those who want an added twist on pork belly, this month’s special comes with a cognac sauce.
With such generous portions, a sharer platter of dessert between the two of us was ample to sample the sumptuous delights that The Jolly Gardeners has to offer on its dessert menu. It included their salted caramel chocolate cheesecake, lemon tart and chocolate brownie. All these sweet delights stimulated the palate but my favourite had to be the cheesecake which we paired with a delicious honey liqueur.