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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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Has massive potential but, we witnessed people queuing for food with very little organisation, was crazy busy and a little unkept, sad but far to touristy.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kim P
Llantrisant, United Kingdom
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Hartpury, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying at the hotel and found the "hotel guests only' entrance to the Pilchard Inn and settled down to some excellent G&T's and beer. The only food they serve are baguettes (ham, cheese or crab), as the pub is quite small and no kitchen (the hotel provides the baguettes) but that was all we needed as were having... More 

Thank surfnirvana
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent place to sit and watch the beach, especially if you're staying at the hotel and don't have to leave when the tide comes in. Good local beer and a basic, but delicious, but delicious selection of baguettes.

Thank LovelyTapir
Llantrisant, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Has massive potential but, we witnessed people queuing for food with very little organisation, was crazy busy and a little unkept, sad but far to touristy.

1 Thank Kim P
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a windy walk (and push) across the beach and up the hill with 3 children and a friend in a wheelchair we decided to stop for a break and a hot drink at the pub. We were "welcomed" at the door by a man who told us we could not go in as it was for the locals only.... More 

1 Thank mtbean82
Guildford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a shame, a fantastic location with great footfall, this 700 year old pub could be the jewel in the crown of south Devon. The pub itself lacks any atmosphere and looks tatty. It's as if the furnishings and decorations are there from 1600! Service was slow and the baguettes were hugely overpriced and of poor quality. With care and... More 

1 Thank Simon D
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walked over to the pilchard inn to have a quick drink whilst my lads played on the beach .. I've stayed at places from Dubai to Las Vegas .. the attitude of the staff in this place is just laughable.. I'm pretty confident basil fawlty is alive and well and has trained the comedy staff here .. well done burge... More 

5 Thank Kieran O
Level Contributor
83 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having spent some time on the beach at low tide we called in for a drink. Half the pub is segregated for the adjacent hotel guests, but you can access the other half but it is small, however, we found a spot to sit, there are tables outside when the weather is OK. A very friendly barman on duty when... More 

1 Thank Nigel P
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited Burgh island on Sunday. We walked across to this pub to have a drink and hopefully get out of the wind. The bar was packed, difficult to get in the door. We thought we would try the larger bar. This I was shocked to see was only open for locals.! I walked across to the Hotel which was... More 

2 Thank JeanEllen2013
Exeter, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Lovely walk out over beach as tide was out.....do check before you leave home....stunning views in all directions from top of Burgh Island, most of the island is private but you can walk for about 30 mins on the west coast path before returning down to Pilchard Inn for welcome refreshments.We had drinks and crab or ham baguettes, very fresh... More 

Thank Sue_Ken_Frogmill
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Having spent an hour or so walking around Burgh Island we stopped at The Pilchard as it opened at noon. We were served by a very courteous young man who promptly provided the delicious crab baguette and coffees that we ordered. Being mid week the place was quiet but not empty - there are several tables in the small public... More 

1 Thank Diana S

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