The Smugglers Inn

4.2
185 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff 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 185 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.1
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ChristineT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I wanted some where that did a nice steak for my husband’s birthday, the Smugglers didn’t disappoint, it was a lovely relaxed meal.

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StephanieP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best carvery we have had, if your really hungry go for the extra. Staff are very friendly and professional, happy to help and overall great value for money in our view.

HS
HannahS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Amazing carvery, definitely the best around!
It was very busy which is good as I guess it shows it’s a popular place but in my opinion some of the tables were really close together which made it seem really noisy and on top of each other

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Carvery

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ROBERTMLISKEARD
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for locals and visitors alike.

Good carvery but it was missing the pigs in blankets yes I dont care its not xmas yet thats what I like , great service from polite & friendly staff and most importantly - no hospital masks ! so we can have service with a smile, eat our food and not feel like we are going for some sort of medical procedure like we did at Watergate Bay hotel last weekend which looked like an operating theatre full of faceless mask zombies.

Usually carvery is quite dry and not nice but they have done a good job here not over cooked it, get in early because there was a que of people around the pub - a que of nice people btw, good crowd here and no issues with our two kids who are extremely badly behaved unf.

We are local, great to see a nice local place - see you again soon and thank you

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were lovely, the atmosphere was very friendly and the food was to die for.
Best carvery we've probably ever had!
Highly recommend to everyone.

BW
BarryW
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent as usual....second time in as many weeks

SP
SarahP
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food and I love they allow dogs in my dog loved being in in the warm. Staff friendly. Over all o will definitely be going back.

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Anonymous
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Booked at 1pm, no one took an order until 1:30 (despite asking if we should order at the bar) and food not served until 2:30! Food was ok but it wasn't even very busy and the wait wasn't worth it.

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stephenb
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

friendly staff, tasy food will definitely return soon

AS
AndrewS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely pub restaurant, lovely atmosphere the staff were very polite and friendly And the food was fantastic, would Definitely recommend to others.

SC
SimonC
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast service...I had the large Carvery and I was very impressed,The beef was lovely and the gammon superb...and all the veg five star...my partner had the standard Carvery and it was more than enough...We give it a massive 👍

GW
GerdaW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love everything about you all
Try and come as often as possible but live in Hampshire 😍

SA
SallyA
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of the best carveries I have ever had!

BW
BarryW
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table for 4 adults booked for the Sunday carvery. Everyone thought that the food was terrific even to the point where we thought it was the best Carvery we ever had !!!! Excellent will def book again

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FrankT
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their Sunday carvery is second to none and good value

GS
GinnyS
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in a lovely setting ,staff attentive without being overbearing . The jam and coconut sponge with custard took me back to school days tasted amazing .

CB
ChristopherB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Best mixed grill ever!!!!
Took a while to get food out to us but worth the wait.
Give them a go

AY
AlastairY
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad we booked, it was busy. Food was excellent.

KB
KimB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Atmosphere was relaxed, dogs aloud, food ok. Friendly staff

PT
PatriciaT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Sunday carvery, good choice of meat, exceptional variety of well cooked vegetables only slight complaint food could have been warmer
Will definitely be going again soon

ML
MartinL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab food and location as always. Never disappoints highly recommend Sunday carvery do book as very popular

CT
ClaireT
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST CARVERY EVER!
Everything was 10/10
Booked again

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uncles birthday

SM
SharonM
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Made a nice change to find somewhere that did a choice of vegetarian food. Delicious cheesecake. Pleasant efficient staff

LS
LorraineS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dog friendly, we had the Sunday lunch, plenty to choose from and not stingy with the portions, the puddings where the same, will definitely be going Back there

SJ
SuzanneJ
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wow the girls serving amazing thankyou
The chef amazing we had the carvery and his jam coconut dessert my husband had to finish was beautiful
The customer service and safety covid rules were all in place
But I have to give top marks to the girls all excellent
Now here for the gripe
We went back in the evening for a drink
My husband bought two Prosecco we sat outside on a bench to drink as he asked if that was ok they said yes but looked like we were on the wrong bench on the grass bit with views of the sea
This rude rude boy working from the smuggle in told us we could not drink our drinks he wanted the glass back and stood waiting for us to drink quick so he could take it back so much for ambiance
He needs a lesson in finishing school I hate making complaints but he was rude ,asking us feel awful
So thank god he was off shift lunch time

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VickiS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, clean tables, great food, happy days!

SB
ShauneB
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely little place to stop after a walk on the beach. Staff were lovely and the food was both delicious and plentiful. Would definitely recommend. Dog friendly also

JL
JeffL
Cornwall
6 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great personal service again thanks for a lovely meal

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Dalglish
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Had a date night, wished we lived closer (180miles away) cannot fault the food. We will be back.

JL
JeffL
Cornwall
6 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great vegan meal lovely talking to the chef who is a vegetarian so understanding towards vegans thanks

DK
DerekK
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food, refurbished since our last visit and great improvement

TP
TraceyP
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The food was the sunday carvery which was all really good. Hiweve where we sat at table 26 the heat was really uncomfortable, very near the carvery. Maybe have a door open if possible to help reduce the heat. This did spoil our experience.
Staff all very friendly and good seating area outside.
Thanks.

ML
MarkL
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited 3 times last week while we were in the area on holiday , very clean , great food and friendly staff highly recommended

TH
ThomasH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good pub grub and friendly staff. Good beer too. A most enjoyable evening

PF
PaulF
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of dishes. Friendly waiter service. Meal was served in a very short period of time. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly staff and wonderful food at a good price x

MW
MandyW
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Dad was visiting for the first time in 3 years, I took him there for Father’s Day which he loved so back we went, Was greeted by Danielle our waitress was a young girl called Amy who was amazing, and our chef was the lovely Emma,

PM
PeteM
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food good service in a lovely dog friendly pub by the beach. Life is hood

FAQs

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

The Smugglers Inn is rated 4.2 stars by 185 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 bookings at the moment.