First off, the food is absolutely incredible, and all made on site. Please, do yourself a favour if you end up there for a bite to eat... order something that comes with their gravy! That gravy was so good, I am not kidding. I must have mentioned their gravy to so many people, when I got back home, it's not funny. Also, if you can, go for the Sunday Roast, which is served early Sunday afternoon, where you can have your choice of slow cooked roast beef, glazed ham or turkey, along with yorkshire pudding, and a wide range of veggies to choose from. When I was there, I wished it was Sunday everyday, so I could have the roast!
The Landlord was super nice, and made us feel quite welcome there, and was great to chat with him about all kinds of things, including the pub and cottage themselves, Blue Anchor and surrounding areas, dogs (oh, he has such a sweet and gentle dog!), and just about anything you can think of. There were a couple of times I think I could have spent all night chatting with him and slow drinking either the local ale, or one of his huge variety of gins :) Also, he made it quite sure that if we ever needed anything in regards to making our cottage stay better, he would try to accommodate us, but was not needed, as we found the whole experience above and beyond our expectations.
You can tell that he treats his staff well, as they were always in a good mood and quite helpful, and it was obvious they were not just going through the motions... they indeed seem to enjoy what they were doing, took pride in their work, and were genuinely concerned about providing excellent service to the patrons... One of the chefs, (perhaps the head chef), has been working there for over 7 years, which to me, is a good indication that the work environment at "The Smuggler's" is top notch.
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