The Jolly Sailor - Orford

Steeped in History

Orford was a bustling and important location, particularly from the 12th to the 17th Century. In the 1500s, there were no less than 11 Ale houses, with one of the more important being the Jolly Sailor.

The Jolly Sailor once stood on a causeway leading to the quay with a tidal harbour immediately opposite, where the large Orford Car Park is now.

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Book a room today using the online booking system or give us a call directly on 01394 450243.


Charming cosy pub. Relaxing cosy pub. Perfect for a few drinks or a hearty pub meal. The beer quality is very good and the staff are to be congratulated on their customer service.

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Opening Times

We are open – with both outside dining in our courtyard and new undercroft dining area as well as our inside dining.

Please note the below timings are subject to change. 

We are open from:

7.30am to 11pm – Monday to Saturday

7.30am to 9pm- Sunday

Food Service Times


8.30am – 11.30am – Monday to Sunday


12pm to 5pm – Monday to Saturday (lunchtime lites)

12pm to 9pm  – Monday to Saturday (à la carte)

12pm to 6pm – Sunday

Armada Oak!

The oak timbers that boats and ships moored up to are still immediately below the road side curb! It is rumoured that some of the oak used in the Jolly Sailor is Spanish oak from wrecked Armada war ships!

Our Mission

The Jolly Sailor mission is to be what it has always been, the centre of the Orford Community a delicious Inn for the traveller and home from home for those staying away.

Large Groups & Parties

We are happy to accommodate large groups and parties. Booking is strongly recommended, please speak directly to a member of the team on 01394 450243.

We have some great spaces for small and larger events including The Snug (up to 8), The Thames Room (for 10+) and in the summer, The Garden Room with its patio doors (for 10+) out onto the terrace. And if you are really confident of the weather, The Rotunda in the garden (up to 10).