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Review of The Pickwick Inn

The Pickwick Inn
Ranked #2 of 2 Restaurants in Bigbury
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$16
Cuisines: Italian, Bar, Pub, Pizza, British
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Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and throughout the afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays, The Pickwick Inn is a great treat for everyone, from those looking for a light lunch to those after a gourmet three or four course meal. Our fully stocked bar is also perfect for those wishing to sample a local real ale or to unwind after exploring the fantastic South Devon scenery.
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

We visited this pub last Sunday following numerous holidays at Challaborough. We kept saying we were going to go and finally got round to it this year! We opted for the Sunday lunch, roast beef with all the trimmings. The food was absolutely beautiful and we were certainly not disappointed. The interior was tastefully decorated and exceptionally clean. The staff were very welcoming and polite. Needless to say we will not wait so long to pop in on our next holiday. Highly recommended.

1 Thank Maria M
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English first
Dawlish, United Kingdom
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294 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Very pleasantly surprised”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

From the outside, the Pickwick Inn is a bit of a mess as they are clearly in the middle of an external refurbishment. As a result, we weren't expecting much and we only really stopped as all the beach cafes at Bigbury on Sea had long queues and we were really hungry after a morning's walking.

However, the quality of the food and service were both excellent. the menu is entirely Italian but had lots of choice. The pizza was excellent and the burgers were clearly home made with high quality meet. One of our party had the chicken which was also good. The decor was nice though parts of the restaurant were in darkness, even though it was sunny outside. The music was bizarrely un-Italian - Pink Floyd and ELO, anyone?!

It was also very reasonably priced. For four main courses and drinks, we spent just over £50. All in all, would recommend and would have probably given it five stars were in not for the outside and the weird music.

  • Visited July 2014
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2 Thank DawlishRed
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Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Lovely friendly pub and restaurant”
Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

My partner and I had a lovely meal here, the atmosphere was great and the staff were friendly and helpful - they even charged my phone for me. The food was tasty and the portions were large, nice meal!

2 Thank Mandy G
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South Stoke
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“You Have to Visit”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Very good menu, clean and bright a great place for families, good selection of beers and wines,
nice to see the locals using it as well as the tourists, Well worth the visit happy to go back again

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank Richard T
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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Lunch in the Sun!”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

The Pickwick Arms is on the road towards Burgh Island at St Anne's Chapel. A converted old style pub into a new style Italian bistro but still a pub too.

On a hot sunny Saturday lunch time we had the place to ourselves inside although there were a few people eating outside.
Quick, helpful, friendly service. My food was simple but delicious my partner did not enjoy the creamy sauce on the spaghetti as she felt it would have been more, authentic Italian with the good clean taste of the pasta.
One increasing negative is the outside of this pub, - the garden area- resembles a building site. From the road driving by I am sure many people who are not local just drive on. This has resembled a waste lot for over a year. Hence the reason on a hot day we opted for inside, also no umbrellas a t the tables outside with the temperature at 25c

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Michael H
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