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Local cuisine, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings
A charming independent restaurant and rooms situated in the heart of Burnhan-on Crouch, in Essex. A combination of delicious food, great atmosphere, service and comfortable accommodation, make both dining and staying at The Oyster Smack Inn a treat. Our menus range from the pub classics, delicious fish, vegan/vegetarian and international influenced dishes - everything is prepared to order and delivered fresh daily. And we do of course serve Oysters, picked up every morning from the Maldon Oyster Company. Our team looks forward to welcoming you!
US$14 - US$55
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
European, British
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, BYOB
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All reviews oysters liver crab mash steak and ale pie mains and desserts pork pudding risotto salad sunday roast specials board oyster smack lunchtime menu brilliant service lovely evening food was lovely
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was lucky enough to have a work do here before the pandemic and I have to admit I miss it so much!! Food is always excellent and I love how a little town like burnham has this upscale top notch food on the door...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Without question, this was the best takeaway my partner and I have have ever had. A beautiful 3 course meal that made our Valentines day evening go beautifully.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful 3 course Valentine’s Day takeaway from the Oyster Smack and the Chateaubriand was outstanding, top marks to the chef and team! Can’t wait until we can visit again once lockdown is over.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 19 December 2020 via mobile

Delightful meal. Excellent food, service and ambiance. We look forwards to visiting again as soon as we can. Thanks for a wonderful meal

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 17 December 2020

We have dined at this restaurant many times and it never fails to please. The staff are a delight and the food always impresses. The belly of pork is in my opinion amazing.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 12 December 2020

Sophie and the whole team looked after us splendidly. We enjoyed an evening of baked cheese, calamari and perfectly cooked medium rare steaks washed down with a very enjoyable Merlot. The evening was finished off with an exceptionally moorish Dreamy Toblerone cocktail!

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 9 December 2020

It was so good to get back in to the Oyster Smack after the second lockdown. As ever the food was of excellent quality and the front of house staff were friendly and efficient whilst adhering to social distancing. We always look forward to eating...More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 3 December 2020

Restaurant quality food eaten at home.Although a takeaway quality excellent Generous portions as well.Still able to enjoy the Oyster Smack experience even during these difficult times

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 14 November 2020 via mobile

I was up at Burnham yatch Harbour other annual club cruise and was joined by partner for a couple of days, booked into the Oyster Smack randomly and was not disappointed. The bedroom was spacious , clean and well appointed, the only draw back was...More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 12 November 2020

Cannot recommend the Oyster Smack enough, food fabulous, service quick, friendly and fun even with masks on. The atmosphere was lovely and the social distancing was spot on. Thank you for a really really good night.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Maureen S
17 February 2017|
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Response from Trevor800 | Property representative |
Maureen, as Roy and Sarah have stated above we are open from 12pm serving food through until 9.30pm, i would recommend reserving a table via our new web site booking system, Regards Trevor
John V
24 June 2016|
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Response from LLoyd S | Reviewed this property |
If memory serves, Thursday is Steak night. They open for dinner as of 18:00, I believe.
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    The Oyster Smack Inn is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4