• A photo of the newly decorated Jolly Sailor taken from the roadside

  • A photo of the frontage of the Jolly Sailor. The oldest pub in Looe.

About Ye Olde Jolly Sailor Inn
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Visiting Looe
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Jolly Sailor Wills Cigarette Card from 1939

Jolly Sailor Wills Cigarette Card from 1939

Welcome to the Jolly Sailor Inn.

Always sure of a warm welcome

Established in 1516, The Jolly Sailor Inn in Looe, Cornwall, is one of the oldest pubs in the UK. Affectionately known as the Jolly by the locals, it has been a place of rest and recreation for seafarers and travellers alike for centuries. It was featured in a Wills cigarette card collection from 1939 called Old Inns.

Sea faring vessels used to moor right alongside the old part of the Jolly Sailor building, until land was reclaimed to build the cottages that are now adjacent to the pub. The main beam in the Jolly was taken from a French ship of the line at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The ship was captured and renamed The Indefatigable. When she was later broken up, the landlord of the time arranged for the beam to be installed in the main bar and it remains there to this day.

The Jolly Sailor has been refurbished to a very high standard by the present landlord, making it one of the most pleasant, as well as the most characterful of places to stay in the famous Cornish harbour town of Looe. But beware, many Cornish books and stories report that the historic rooms of the Jolly are haunted…