The Smugglers Inn

4.3
212 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 212 People Are Saying
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HelenW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another lovely meal at The Smugglers. Although short-staffed, everyone was so helpful & friendly. Food was fantastic- be back again soon !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really friendly and warm welcome, great service and the carvery was very good and plenty of it.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub with excellent cooked food and brilliant staff who make you very welcome. A real credit to both Chris and Debbie. We'll done guys.

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and a lovely helpful waitress highly recommended this pub definitely will be returning

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ClairB
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10, prompt and excellent service, food was out of this world. Enjoyed by all followed by a walk on the beach. Perfect Sunday

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AdrianV
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly staff, had the Sunday carvery and as usual it was very good, all nicely cooked and great taste would recommend going her but book your table on a Sunday

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ClareG
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall3food5service1ambience2

The food is amazing down at the Smugglers but they let themselves down on the service.
Not only were we sat at a coffee table for a carvery and told that there were no other tables even though there were empty tables for the whole time we were there but we were also left.
Not once were we checked on to see if the meals were ok and nobody came back to see if more drinks were required.
When the main course plates were taken away nobody came back to see if we wanted desert. We waited twenty minutes, walked to the bar, paid and left.

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HelenS
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food and service couldn't do e ough for you

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GeorgiaW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was absolutely lovely. The members of staff were so friendly and kind. Lovely food. Chilled environment. Peaceful for dogs. My dog is a nervous dog but was really relaxed there. Would recommend.

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SharonC
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best carvery I’ve had ! Food was delicious , easy to book the table waitress straight over Offering drinks

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SandraC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we were recommended the smugglers to go to for a carvery and we certainly were not disappointed and look forward to returning very soon

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BobS
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love the food at the Smugglers! The team there is efficient and friendly, and the location is superb!

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GaryH
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had a great time with lovely food thankyou

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Kai123
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience3

visited The Smuggglers new years day for the curry buffet. Very dissapointed as it had no flavour and tasted like a casserole not a curry ☹ then to top it off a group of 6 students came in and the language coming from them was foul. ended up leaving as we had a small child in earshot and I was about to lose it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Starter was great but unfortunately main let it down . We all left food on our plate. Batter on fish and onion rings too thick ...burger a bit tough and curry a bit tasteless shame as portion sizes large but no point being large if not enjoyable and eatable

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Docky
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very welcoming . Wonderful fish and chips, and enjoyed the mulled cider.

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Jason
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best carvery you'll ever eat. Unreal choice of meat and veg

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing 100%

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Meal Tonight

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at the Smugglers Inn for my husbands birthday. The food (we had carvery) was amazing and the staff were so friendly and couldn’t do enough for you. Will definitely return very soon!!
Have to admit I felt like I had overindulged after dessert but it was too good to miss!!!!

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SharonG
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here and it was very cosy sat by the roaring log burner with all the Christmas decorations up.
We enjoyed the pork and sirloin steaks - a lovely, reasonably priced meal and we were well looked after whilst we were there.
We will definitely be back next time we visit. Thankyou :-)

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ElizabethL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely meal. Eat here often. Staff very friendly.

KR
KimR
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic Carvery, I have recommended it to everyone.

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SUSANr
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience2

Dinner was excellent, lovely meat great choice of veg
But it was cold

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service

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MandyA
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent!! Cannot fault anything 😊 the food was delicious, vegan and vegetarian was well catered for. The service was excellent, attentive without being in your face. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming. What more can anyone ask 😁

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Lynn
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at the smugglers Inn a few times this year while on holiday.
28/11/21 we travelled just under a hr, to enjoy one of their curverys.
All the food served throughout the year has been lovely, we can not fault the quality of food or service.

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ChristineT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
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 on 21 November 2021
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.

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HannahS
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
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

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
3 reviews
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.

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BarryW
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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

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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.

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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 👍

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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 😍

FAQs

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

The Smugglers Inn is rated 4.3 stars by 212 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.