Hearing about a pub on the Dark Side called Fletchers’ Folly, the Dining Out team went to investigate and see if it really was a folly.
Where is it? On Siam Country Club Road, three km past the Wanasin Market and 300 meters before the “Chicken Cross Roads” (Mitkamol) and opposite the Maxxis tyre outlet. Well lit, big sign, it would be difficult to miss.
We were met with a big smile by the manager, Goy Fletcher. If the name sounds familiar, yes she is the wife of well-known raconteur and now retired publican, Kim Fletcher, who may be found occupying a bar stool in the corner.
It is not a large pub, being in a single shop-house, but large enough. Plenty of chairs, a sit-up cocktail area along one side and a kitchen at the far end. A covered area outside has table and chairs for the smokers.
It is unmistakable looking at the menu, that this new hostelry is a pub that sells food, and not a restaurant that sells beer. Beers range around B. 70-80 with Happy Hours as well. Soft drinks are B. 45-50. You can even celebrate with a chilled bottle of Prosecco at 1260, while wine is B. 80 a glass.
The menu is not large and the most expensive items seem to be a couple of pies at B. 175, with two Cumberland sausages (B. 160) that come with fries, fried egg and garden peas or a pork burger at B. 155. A pork chop is only B 145 and a large hamburger with all the inside trimmings B. 195.
Sandwiches are B. 105-115, bar snacks B. 95-145 including a BLT and there is a Kids Menu B. 95-120. A large scoop ice cream is B. 55.
Of course there is a Thai menu as well with items B. 100-120.
We ordered a chicken pie, which came with fries, an English breakfast (make that a very late breakfast), and an egg and chips.
The chicken pie was very good value and came packed with chicken and served with a gravy boat with extra gravy. This dish got top marks from the group.
How do you judge an English breakfast? Has the cook managed to get everything on the plate at the same time, warm and cooked correctly? Fletchers’ presented an excellent and filling breakfast (even though the pub doesn’t open till 1 p.m.)
Miss Terry has a liking for an old English staple – egg and chips and two correctly fried eggs came with an overflowing plate of fries. Simple, none of the American ‘easy over’ nonsense, and just like you would receive in Yorkshire.
Were the Fletchers foolish? Judging by the comments of the patrons, it is anything but a folly. The pub is comfortable enough and the food is tasty pub fare. Beers were cold and the staff unobtrusive. As an all-round package it fits the description and needs of a local pub. We’ll go again.
Fletchers’ Folly, 519/161, Moo 6, Siam Country Club Road (opposite Maxxis), 300 meters to the well known “Chicken Cross Roads” (Mitkamol), telephone 093 451 6460, ample streetside parking, Open six days (closed Tuesdays), hours 1 p.m. till late.