The Smugglers Inn

4.1
139 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Nestling beside Seaton green and just 50 yards from the beach, The Smugglers Inn is a family and dog friendly pub that prides itself on offering a traditional selection of classic pub fayre, cooked by our enthusiastic team of chefs, using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.

Along with the classics, we have a continually updated Specials Board where our chefs love to show their flare and creativity.

The highlight of our culinary week is undoubtedly our Sunday Carvery. Routinely described by our regular customers as ‘The best roast in the area’, with a selection of 3 roast meats, crispy roast potatoes, an amazing selection of 7 vegetables, plus homemade Yorkshire puddings and gravy, it is a truly sumptuous feast to end your week!

Vegetarians are also well catered for, with many of our dishes available with a vegetarian option, including our carvery which comes with TWO homemade vegetarian choices – a delicious nut roast and a vegan lentil roast.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 139 people are saying
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GavinSurrey
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A family of 4 and a dog . Lovely warm welcome and fantastic service from the lady with the blonde hair in a ponytail. Food was really delicious and lovely big portions, was great value for money and dog friendly too , and they even had a doggy menu of sausages or doggy nuggets which was fun . Would definitely go again . Was right by the seafront too .

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KirstieB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing staff with very friendly service. We booked to sit inside as outside was unavailable to book online, yet when we got there, there was a table outside free, which the staff said we could sit at. Food was delicious. I’m just a bit confused that there is no smoking outside, unless you go into the one small shelter provided, but there is also a specific no smoking area outside.

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RobinW
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Not everything on the menu was available, but good food and excellent service.

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JacquiB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place with wonderful staff and excellent food.The ploughman’s was the best one we’ve had

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TracyS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food just what we needed before heading home. Glad we booked in advance

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ElaineP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Smugglers. Staff are all friendly and helpful. The carvery is absolutely the best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff lovely food

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Joanna
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely brilliant food. Will definitely be going back at some point during are stay at Downderry

LK
LouiseK
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Had booked table outside for 7pm had to go and find a member of staff at 7.20pm to ask for a drink. A member of staff came to take our order, we ordered 2 starters and 2 mains. Starters came out quickly, 1 was cold. Staff came to remove the plates for starters at 7
45pm
We then sat waiting for our mains for a long time, in the end a young member of staff came to see if we were OK, we told him we were still waiting for our main course and asked if they could put lights on as it was now pitch dark. Lights were broken so couldn't have them on. Food finally arrived around 8.25pm. Why have the option to book a table outside if staff are not going to wait on them. We have ate at the smugglers for the last 5yrs and never had a problem before.

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lizzie
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Been a few years since I was on holiday in Seaton, the Smugglers hasnt changed much, the food was okay, average really, service good, wasnt very busy when we were there, so not much of an atmosphere.

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LeonardB
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Had to wait over an hour for meal.had to ask for drinks and lack of attention. Tables very close together.parking was expensive and rammed. Would not go again.

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CarolH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Staff member was very friendly HOWEVER after pre-booking due to staff shortages in kitchen we still had to wait well over an hour for ours mains which to be honest wasn't great 1 Starter was miss sold and missing the hot baguette. We booked table for 6.15 as we had a young baby with us and wanted to eat early we would have left expect that they make you prepay in advance.

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MichelleD
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service not great as only 2 people doing everything. Asked a simple question and got met with a very short sharp reply!!

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LouiseK
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to seaton for the last 5 yrs. We always eat at the smugglers and we have never had a bad meal. Staff are always friendly and polite, another big plus is they are very dog friendly with plenty of water bowls for them.

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SuWe
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Meal was a little late (still very busy for the staff) but service was excellent.

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HelenH
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a delay on food due to staff shortages but the staff that were there were lovely and kept us informed. We were on holiday so were not in any rush. Since we visited last year there had been a refurb and it looked amazing.

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Sarah
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very mediocre food, no atmosphere, didn’t receive all order and ended up with sides coming after everyone had finished.

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Pigginlin
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When on holiday, we always head for The Smugglers, easy to book a table on line, good service and good food.

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SimonW
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good pub standard, service was very friendly and didn’t have to wait too long for the food, which I was a bit worried about after seeing some other reviews - no problem for us though

The Smugglers Inn
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad you had an enjoyable visit. Although we have undoubtedly been extremely busy through the summer, we have always been clear where there is a delay in our service, and we also expect our custom to return to slightly more normal levels now the summer holidays are ending!

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JonB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Booked a table for 7 people outside 1 week in advance but on arriving were advised that we would be on 2 separate tables/benches.
After ordering and paying we were told by the waiter that there could be up to 1 hour wait for food due to it being busy.
3 of our party had ordered off standard menu and received their food after 30 mins. The rest of us were ordering a roast from the carvery and were eventually called up to be served at counter. At this point the staff serving disappeared into kitchen with some apologies about having to get something. One of the staff licked their fingers on route into Kitchen and then proceeded to rub their face a number of times whilst standing behind kitchen door. The serving staff then returned and promptly served our food and we returned to our table. The food was reasonable quality and generous portions but the presentation of the food was lacking finesse.
Overall the food was acceptable but the communication from serving staff was disappointing. There was a lack of communication between Kitchen and serving staff and no control over the number of bookings at a busy period.
I would not rush to book a table at the pub in the future based on this recent experience.
It appears the pub thinks that the continuous turnover of new tourist customers means they can provide a sub-standard service and do not need to worry about repeat customers or local reputations.

The Smugglers Inn
Responded on August 31, 2021

Thanks for your review. A couple of points: You passed a large sign indicating the wait for food before you sat down. You visited us, a Cornish beach-side pub at the height of a our busiest bank holiday weekend Despite this you all got fed in much less than the advised wait time, result! Our chefs always wash their hands before returning to the Carvery deck Our bookings are constantly controlled to prevent unmanageable crowds 80% of our year-round carvery custom is serial-returning locals

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SusanB
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Very mediocre food
Cold chips
Awful Chardonnay
But nice setting

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A place full of character and interesting features with a warm and friendly welcome. The different areas are well worth scrutiny and an 18th century atmosphere is fantastically evoked in some areas. The galleon room is a work of genius and the various books and crannies are evocative of a Sherlockian story too.
I liked the references to the Green Man dotted throughout. Hats off to the owners for creating a very special place - the food was enjoyable too.

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SoniaK
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food excellent service we sat outside could be a bit more dressed up with bunting etc. Inside looked very cosy.

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WilliamB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent and plenty of it, there was a bit of a wait, nothing ridiculous but it didn't appear too busy. Would visit again and loved the decor and friendly staff.

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ThomasC
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, staff we're very helpful and friendly. Food was perfect. Would recommend.

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AnneK
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was a first time visit, though passed by many times. Booked a table for Sunday lunch, and although we arrived 20 Minutes early, we were immediately shown to a table and offered drinks.
We went up to the carvery right on the time we booked for, and our plates were literally loaded up with generous portions of meat, plus all the usual veg, gravy, and those huge choux pastry style ‘Yorkshires’.
Pleasant prompt service, good portions, and reasonable prices. What more could you ask for ?

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NikkiG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food lovely, and enjoyable experience for Sunday lunch.

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Sarahk
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service, good food and value for money. Lovely pub and a lovely beach to walk your meal off

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JeffL
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegan food again looking forward to revisiting

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LouisdW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great position near Seaton beach and super meal.I would recommend eating here.

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NeilB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Bit disappointed really, looks a great place - not really busy took over an hour and fifteen for food which came out “tepid” despite being told to mind the plates as they were hot! Whether it’s staff shortages I don’t know but it didn’t deliver for us as a family and sadly won’t be returning

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DarrenW
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice food, presented nice but waiting a bit long. I will still visit ☺

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The staff were lovely but the service was a bit slow and our order ticket was misplaced.
When the mistake was realised it was resolved in double quick time with complimentary drinks for our inconvenience.
The atmosphere was lovely and the location is great.
All round a pleasant evening and I will certainly return again.

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OneLittleShep
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Although we had booked in advance, the place did not feel at all busy but the wait times for food were around an hour. To be fair, they did tell us before we sat but when there is nothing much else around, you don’t have too much choice.

Service was good in terms of the staff being friendly and attentive, however the food was fair - nothing more, lukewarm when it arrived. We had nachos as a starter and they looked like they had been warmed in the microwave.

To be totally honest, probably wouldn’t rush back.

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BevB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent carvery been 3times now and good portion size and decent quality No hesitation in recommending

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Axxxxl16
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We booked a table for Sunday carvery Lunch for 1.30. When we arrived we were shown to our table quite promptly. After ordering our meal (which consisted of carvery lunches) and off the menu we were told we would be given a ticket for the carvery and called up accordingly. 40 minutes passed and still no call at which point we asked and someone said they would come back and let us know. Again another 10/15 minutes passed and when we asked again they were, oh yes you can go up now. In this time there were a lot of moments when the carvery was empty. All this said the food was very good.

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MartynP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Service was prompt and friendly, however, food took a long time to come and 2 of the 5 meals we had came with lukewarm chips. Taste of the various meals was however good so not altogether disappointing but I wouldn't necessarily choose to eat there again.

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Ozzy
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had sold out of several of-the dishes on the menu .

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chrish
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food and very good service. They even made a special vegan gluten free dessert for my daughter.
We are there twice in one week.

I recommend this place

HL
HelenL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing & really good value for money. Very friendly service. Would definitely recommend a visit.

FAQs

The Smugglers Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01503 250923.

The Smugglers Inn is rated 4.1 stars by 139 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.