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The Smugglers

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5 The Quay, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, England
+44 1271 863620
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“swordfish” (12 reviews)
“seafood” (18 reviews)
“cottage pie” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, British, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
5 The Quay, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, England
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Reviewed yesterday

On a cold evening in April this was a real haven . The service was friendly without being overbearing. We felt happy to ask for anything extra that hadn't already been provided. The homemade steak and kidney pie was full of succulent meat and tasty...More

Thank Colin W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for a cream tea, one of the best we've had, staff friendly and efficient. This place is packed with a huge variety of decorative items/curiosities which contribute to an unexpected and eclectic interior design. It was also absolutely spotlessly clean.

Thank Mary K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a lovely meal, home cooked fresh food, good menu, lots of choice to suit all tastes, the service was quick, very efficient friendly staff and the restaurant was spotlessly clean. Couldn't ask for more, highly recommend!

Thank Kim A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We tried this place again after visiting last year and it hasn't changed much...and therein lies the challenge. It's ok...but not sure any more than that. The salad is average....a plate dominated by shredded lettuce and three types of onions ! The cheese comes in...More

Thank gooneronthemove
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Luckily, we stumbled upon this lovely restaurant after a long day of walking. We received a warm welcome and the menu provides an excellent range of choices. Our meal was really hearty, comfort food at its best. Service was good and the surroundings are unique....More

Thank KAH77
Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

The lighting is quite dark so it's absolutely perfect atmosphere for a date. Staff are super friendly and the food was so tasty!

Thank Holly P
Reviewed 29 October 2017

I went here on a Friday evening during half term and managed to get a table. It was busy and with locals as well which always makes me feel better about a place. This was a lovely place, but it's not haut cuisine for certain....More

Thank James C
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend picked this place to eat on our first night on our first visit to Ilfracombe. What a fantastic choice it was. The food was gorgeous, came piping hot, portions were very generous, service was quick, and the staff were pleasant. After reading the...More

Thank Emma E
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

We ate here 3 times during a week in Ilfracombe. The menu is great - especially for fish lovers - but there was plenty to keep even Jim’s dad happy and he is not an adventurous eater. We particularly enjoyed the hot seafood platter and...More

Thank Isleen C
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

We had Cod & Chips and Plaice and potatoes and it was cooked beautifully, service was good and excellent value for money.

Thank hollyarran
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8 August 2017|
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Response from Stephanie D | Reviewed this property |
No there are a few others that do but not as nice place as that
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 The Quay, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Ilfracombe
  • Phone Number: +44 1271 863620
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