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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Mexican, British, Pub
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Dog Friendly, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 March 2024

An excellent early evening dinner (as always). Booked a couple of nights in advance and given a table in the bar area next to the window. It was busy but we were acknowledged as soon as we approached the bar, and directed to our table....The waitress recognised us from before and the service throughout the evening was fast, friendly and real. We all had the fresh fish of the day (sea bass) and everything was beautifully cooked, hot and well seasoned. Just the right portion size too, and we were able to indulge in desserts. We even found ourselves chatting to other guests too. When the bill arrived it was without a service charge (how refreshing is that!). Unfortunately I paid without realising I needed to inform the waitress to add it on; I'll definitely do that next time. All in all a lovely night out and I hope to experience this many times in the future.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 15 February 2024 via mobile

The last few times I’ve been in, this gem of a pub has been super busy, and there’s me and friends with no reservation but super hungry. Each time, even though they are at capacity, they’ve squeezed us in. Occasionally a little wait, but it’s...explained initially and it’s totally worth waiting for. Catering for gluten free, and vegetarians the food is delicious My only disappointment is that I’m filled up by the mains and can’t fit in a dessert. Just wish it was in walking distance so I could stay and have more drinks. Absolutely worth a visit - booking is a better idea so you don’t miss out!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024

I cannot praise the staff at this restaurant highly enough-and the food is great as well. We had planned a family meal but half our group were delayed due to dreadful traffic conditions so were 2 hours late !The staff were so thoughtful and helpful...making sure that the exhausted travellers did not miss out on a meal-they had been travelling for 9 hours by the time they got to the restaurant. There had been several conversations with the staff about the best food choices in an unpredictable situation but in the end the rest of the group arrived and the restaurant were able to serve their food choices really quickly-the choices had been made while they were all sitting in a stationery traffic queue many miles away. The caring attitude was so welcomed and helped salvage what could easily have been a disastrous evening.Thank you so much.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 12 December 2023

Amazing night out Can’t recommend highly enough A group of ten of us enjoyed the Christmas set menu Exceptional value delicious food and generous portions There was a tiny mix up on the night but was sorted in an instant very professional staff You won’t...be disappointed fantasticMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023

Sunday lunch with friends was lovely in The Smugglers. Three roast dinners and two fajitas, all absolutely beautiful and good value for money. Service was faultless.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 9 November 2023

Service was excellent, both waitresses were attentive and so polite, food superb and reasonably priced, Fajitas are the best I’ve had. Highly recommended. A++++

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 9 November 2023

Booked this Inn as it looked as if it had a very interesting menu and location. It did. Lovely food, lovely atmosphere, lovely staff.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 8 November 2023 via mobile

A gorgeous pub and restaurant. Went there whilst out driving. It’s a great find. The land lady was so friendly and nothing too much trouble. She was engaging and chatty and made us so welcome. We both had chicken roulade which was amazing. We loved...it. Cooked beautifully and so tasty. Nice atmosphere and so clean and cosy. We will 100% return.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 30 October 2023

A lovely village pub with friendly helpful staff that are genuinely interested in our visit food is excellent value and quality

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 October 2023 via mobile

What a lovely friendly place. In the process of moving down to the area and being our wedding anniversary we decided to give this place a try. Very friendly staff - led by the charming Stephanie. Great cocktail options and wine list. Starters, mains and...dessert were all nicely cooked and tasty. Will certainly be a regular from now on. (We also had a pre drink at the bar further up on the corner which was also friendly and quite different).More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 24 October 2023

Wow - I just had the Salmon special dish which was amazing. Coated in a a crumb mix, incredible creamy sauce with Mussels - every meal was great including Ribs and a Ceasar Salad! What a mix and expertly looked after of course x Thank...you Angie, Holly & ChrisMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 21 October 2023 via mobile

Having dined at the Smugglers many times in the past, there was no were else better to chose to celebrate my birthday, the fish cakes were amazing, the filet steak cooked to perfection and the salmon filet dish was to die for! Steph and the...team offered the usual first class and attentive service and made for a memorable birthday celebration - Thank you! We will be back and very soon!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 17 October 2023 via mobile

Visited last night to celebrate my daughters Birthday. Haven't visited in years and was struggling to find somewhere open on a Monday. Party of 7 all foodies and very fussy about quality of ingredients presentation and most importantly the food being served nice and hot....We ordered a variety of food, king prawn starters, ribs (huge) very meaty and succulent. Tuna steak cooked perfectly, lamb chops again very meaty on bulgar wheat, beautifully cooked, rare for me and well done for my mum. Belly pork again very meaty and cooked to perfection. A pizza for my son which was very flavoursome. Deserts were lovely, a perfect crepe brûlée, beautifully presented individual banoffee pie with hand piped cream on top served in a pretty crystal dish. I had the best salted caramel popcorn cheesecake I've ever had, lovely and light it really was perfect. A few ordered coffees which were piping hot. All drinks were spot on. The pub was lovely and warm, wonderful atmosphere and busy for a Monday night. Staff were lovely and accommodating. It really was a lovely evening. We will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 19 September 2023 via mobile

Our second time to this charming village pub. Lovely table in the conservatory area, with plenty of space between the tables, which does make a change from some places. Staff were great. Our starters of nachos were delicious, but our main courses of the roast...were not hot. The side dishes of cauliflower cheese and red cabbage were hot, but main meals not. This is the second time we have had warm rather than hot food and this is a real shame as we would like to visit more often.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 September 2023

An end of holiday treat! The food was superb and, in my opinion, good value for money. I also enjoyed an excellent few pints of Adnams Broadside. The pub was a very pleasant place to be, a very inviting, relaxed atmosphere. A major plus point...was the amazing staff who were so kind and welcoming. Thank you.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Hi, there is no parking directly at the smugglers but 100 m up the road on the right hand side is the Village car park which is free. No problem dropping people off at the smugglers and the driver going up to park on their... More
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We were there on Sunday a few weeks ago and they had a hefty snack menu.
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  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4.5
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