Mr partner and I visited here on Saturday night. The restaurant gets booked up weeks in advances so we would not get in to eat until 22:30 - however as it was my partner's birthday we wanted to eat out somewhere a bit different.
We arrived at 21:30 and asked if we would eat a bit earlier, they said they would keep us informed but had no space at the time. We went to the bar and ordered 2 1/2 pint small cokes which costs £4!!! However we noticed that 1/2 a pint of beer was £1.70?? Doesn’t make sense! The coke was horrendously watered down. The atmosphere around the bar area was absolutely buzzing and all bar staff were very friendly. The live singer was also very good, I would definitely recommend Smugglers Cove for a night out! At about 22:00 we decided we would go for a walk around the dock and left our telephone number with the waitress in case a table came up any earlier. We received a phone call at 22:15 advising us a table became vacant. We found this good of the staff.
We sat down however we could barely see each other as it was so dark inside. We could also barely hear each other or our waitress because of the noise from the bar. I assume this would be different if we were to eat during the afternoon/early evening. Therefore I would not recommend eating here after dusk or when there is live entertainment.
The food was well presented. I ordered fish and chips which came in a wooden barrel and mushy peas in a shell - it was good that it was presented in keeping with the theme. Chips were scrummy and the fish was absolutely massive!! However fish was lacking a bit of taste, didn’t really taste much. Service in the restaurant was quick however we both felt that the waitresses could have smiled a bit more, been a bit more friendly/chatted to us a bit more. Couldn’t really get a smile out of them.
During the meal my partner had a large lemonade which was not watered down and I had a peach mojito which was absolutely gorgeous.
I would recommend here if you want to eat somewhere a bit different, but not so late at night like we did.
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