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Lewiston
Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

Many choices for good meals in Bethel with various ethnic courses. The Jolly offered a nice taste of the British Isles in a comfortable setting with friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff. I chose the cottage pie and it came piping hot. It could have improved with additional basic spices. My wife had the chicken pastry and she loved this different version...

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Columbus, Ohio
Reviewed 12 July 2015

Ten years ago, this place was a well tended replica of an English Inn and Pub. Now it is a bit tired. Room cleanliness, decor and attention to maintenance average. Staff very helpful. Food average for the price.

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Marion, Massachusetts
Reviewed 30 May 2015 via mobile

Wonderful pub for English and Indian recipes. Friendly barroom, always a conversation. Great beer selection. Rooms upstairs are old New England lovely. Fred and Cindy are terrific hosts! (Favorites are Dogfish Head when it's on tap, Clown Shoes, Guinness Export, and Delirium Tremens bottles, or whatever ale is in the nitro tank. Love the Indian lamb dishes, bangers and mashed,...

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Rockland, Maine
Reviewed 13 May 2015

My husband and I had a wonderful experience at the Inn. Rooms are updated, clean, nicely furnished and quiet. The Pub downstairs served excellent food with a great beer selection. The host was friendly and extremely helpful.

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Chicago,IL
Reviewed 13 September 2014

We stayed 1 night in the Tavistock room. While it was a comfortable temperature when we arrived (the door to the hall having been open), it was hot and stuffy when we came back that evening. There doesn't appear to be any air vents in the room. The bed was comfortable. It's not real clean in a dusty sort of...

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Western MA
Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

Husband & I enjoyed a few drinks in the pub, followed by a great meal in the dining room. The bartender/owner was a great host, friendly but not intrusive and he poured a good drink. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. He had the mixed grill of lamb, chicken & sausage with a fresh vegetable medley and potato. Portion was...

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Kennebunkport, Maine
Reviewed 3 March 2014

My husband and I spent a night here before heading to Sunday River to ski. We had a great time! The pub downstairs was intimate and and full of lively people. We sat on a cozy leather couch next to a warm fire, sipped cocktails and shared a desert. The food and drinks were excellent and the inn keepers were...

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Saint John, Canada
Reviewed 7 September 2013

We have come to the Briar Lea Inn for 5 years now as we discover the Bethel area in the summer. We wanted to explore the Bethel/Newry area in warmer weather after taking annual ski trips to Sunday River. We love the inn and the Jolly Drayman Pub. We are welcomed as friends and Fred and Cindy have treated us...

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ontario, canada
Reviewed 3 September 2013

We stayed only one night at the Briar Inn. Wasn't busy at all while we were there. The pub is small with a bit of an outdoor patio. Although the sign says its a B & B it isn't. We stayed in the Tavistock room. Coffee available in your room, but pub is not open for breakfast, at least not...

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Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 5 February 2012

This was the second time we've stayed at the Briar Lea Inn. We started coming to the fabulous restaurant, the Jolly Drayman, years ago when we skied at Sunday River. My husband is from Cambridge, England, and loved it. This weekend just my daughter and I came. It's been wonderful. Very cozy room, quiet (and we're on the 2nd floor,not...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
A cozy country inn with a British pub and restaurant in the heart of New England. We are five miles from Sunday River Ski Resort and one mile from pretty Bethel village. Our full menu features curries, Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash, Shepherd's Pie and a whole lot more. Great beers and cask-conditioned ale on tap, wines and cocktails. All rooms have private baths, TV/DVD and wireless internet. Come for a pint or dinner - stay the night. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Jolly Drayman at The Briar Lea Inn

Address: 150 Mayville Rd, P.O. Box 250, Bethel, ME 04217-4442
Region: United States > Maine > Bethel
Price Range: RM406 - RM602 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Jolly Drayman at The Briar Lea Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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“the back rooms a very quiet”
 of 5 bubbles dledithmotz, 19 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Just inquire about everything before you book.”
 of 5 bubbles Dc_annie123, 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Double check the exact setup of the beds and cots in the room you request. I had a cot set up that I did not need.”
 of 5 bubbles massbayreviewer, 6 Aug 2016 | Read review
“The Winkleigh was great. A soft queen bed.”
 of 5 bubbles jessicaw750, 2 Mar 2014 | Read review
“We like the Dartmoor and Exmoor rooms on the top floor.”
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