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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 30 December 2016
Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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Watford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Dating back to the 1300's this is a beautiful pub, with a private area for residents, lovely roaring fire. Absolutely perfect

Thank sarah h
Northampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading previous reviews we very nearly did not visit The Pilchard Inn. So very very glad we did. My husband said the service and his pint were lovely. A place everyone should visit, the views and experience was great. Ignore the other reviews.

Thank boater2017
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a terrible shame that this beautiful quaint little inn is run by a rather rude elderly man who makes you feel as though you are intruding. This place could be a gold mine with the right staff and a new coffee machine and more organisation with the snacks.

1 Thank Kerri T
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a place... Pilchard Inn, Burgh Island. Dating from 1336, this building was probably used to offer hospitality and lodgings for monastic visitors for the then monastery on Burgh island. This monastery is believed to be largely under the present Hotel. The Pilchard Inn first served the fishermen who lived on the Island and mainland shores, back then, the smugglers... More 

1 Thank CornishLandWanderer
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 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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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

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 

3 Thank tony154
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

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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242 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 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 27 December 2016

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

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