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The Pilchard Inn

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Address: Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-Sea TQ7 4BG, England
Phone Number:
+44 1548 810514

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Fabulous Location

We walked across the sand at low tide for a quick pint before lunch. We didn't stay to eat because having walked over the sand in 'wellies' we found you weren't allowed into the... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a pleasant walk across the sand to Burgh Island for a light lunch at The Pilchard Inn we found the pub closed for internal upgrade and a new roof. It was entirely our fault that we didn't check first to see if they were open. Apparently they open again on January 20th. The rating above relates to a previous... More 

Thank Rick_The_Diner
Southwold, Suffolk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying in Dartmouth in early December and decided to visit the Island which is such a fascinating place. The tide was with us so we walked across the sands with our new puppy and found out that you are not welcome in the Hotel unless you have booked lunch and dressed up for the occasion or you need... More 

Thank hubbotrelo
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7 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We owned this lovely little pub for 15 years till 2001 when we sold it (and the rest of the Island). During that time we had some of the happiest times of our lives and made literally hundreds of new friends over lots of pints of delicious Palmers IPA. It breaks our hearts to read about the experiences of so... More 

2 Thank tony154
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't understand why they bother opening to the unwashed masses that they clearly aren't bothered with. I totally understand that they have a private bar for residents of the hotel that get priority service, but why ignore the queue the other side of the bar? Why have only one barman working and someone else that can only hand out... More 

3 Thank Simon C
Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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230 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We walked across the sand at low tide for a quick pint before lunch. We didn't stay to eat because having walked over the sand in 'wellies' we found you weren't allowed into the main part of the pub unless you changed back into shoes - which we didn't have with us! Beware the steep slope out of the pub... More 

Thank SunshineRob
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tiny pub is part of the Burgh Island estate - we enjoyed a tipple or two here during our stay at the hotel. The local cider is lovely...

Thank SunshireCoaster
West Midlands
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56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Just read an old review and remembered our treatment at the hands of these vile people. Phil and Grant Mitchell patrolling the beach in their black Land Rovers literally riding roughshod over plebs who hadn't got enough money to stay at their hotel ! Or so they thought but I wouldn't ever stay there Couldn't take the children into the... More 

4 Thank Elizabeth83
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We had lunch here after taking the sea tractor over from Bigbury. The choice was very limited - just sanwiches and baguettes and the baguettes we had were of very basic and of indifferent quality,

2 Thank 300BobT
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Lovely venue for a drink next to an open fire with views over the bay as the tide comes in leaving stranded drinkers asking how to get back to the mainland - the answer is roll your trousers up and paddle!! Lucky for us we were staying at the hotel on the island

Thank lordwalker1877
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Lovely Scottish barman served us very politely. The public bar was shut, so we had to use the locals bar, which had about 6 blokes in it. Even sat by the fire! It seems this pub can infuriate or pleasure people jn equal numbers. Maybe it's best visiting in November like us...

1 Thank idrisdragon

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