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The Smugglers Inn offers a cosy bar, a delightful restaurant and accommodation by the sea at Blue Anchor Bay in Somerset. We are on the edge of Exmoor and the Quantock hills and make a perfect base for walking holidays. The West Somerset steam railway runs through Blue Anchor and the station is just along the road at the end of the bay. Blue Anchor beach is a long sandy beach and is just across the road from the Inn.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We came here quite a few times during our stay at the Hoburne Blue Anchor next door. It is a very nice place that does local ales & ciders and very good food. We ate here 3 times the first time we hadn’t booked a...table and we had our 2 Labradors with us but it wasn’t a problem and they found us a table straight away, even providing treats for our dogs. Food was very good the chips are huge and very filling. Service was always good and prompt. There is a very big beer garden too which the weather was kind enough to us so that we used it a couple of times and I can imagine it being popular in the summer. It was a nice addition to our weeks stay and worth a visit if you are staying in the area.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 2 September 2021

Had a really lovely meal with our 3 boys, the mushroom pie and creme brulee was absolutely delicious. They were very busy (school holidays) but dashing around and keeping everyone happy. Ours was a return visit after 11 years having loved it on a previous...holiday, will definitely return. Great varied menu with lots of veggie options and good children's menuMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 21 August 2021 via mobile

We visited the pub and few times whilst staying in blue anchor. It's a nice friendly pub although we never ate here. It was closed on a Monday. The only suggestion is better signage, we missed it the first few nights as it looked closed...but we had to take the short walk to it to check it was open.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 18 August 2021

Phoned several times and even emailed before we planned to come over. No answer and no reply. Even left answer phone messages.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 5 August 2021 via mobile

We had a Sunday roast here and it was lovely. Plenty of meat & roasted vegetables on your plate and a second bowl of steamed vegetables served along side. Delicious gravy too! Sadly no room for dessert !!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 28 July 2021 via mobile

When an elderly gentleman of 80 years old books months in advance for a family group of 15 to celebrate this milestone birthday, and then takes the time to physically drive to the pub six days before to check it is all OK and booked,...it's hard to imagine anything can go wrong. But apparently, even after checking everything is OK, The Smugglers Inn are happy to sell the tables on. Their excuse was that this 80 year old gentleman didn't give a mobile phone number to be contacted ( again even though he literally went into the pub to confirm) To make matters worse, the attitude of the two incredibly rude and immature girls on the bar was appalling with them seemingly finding it funny that their miscommunication had caused 15 family members to be waiting to celebrate with nowhere to go. One girl even stated condecendingly " That's how pubs work!" ; neither of them offered any form of a sincere apology; and they both said it was impossible to contact a manager. When someone more senior did eventually appear, they at least offered an apology but offered nothing in the way of solving the issue by offering to rebook for the following day or offering a drink while we tried to find an alternative venue in the pooring rain. I suggest The Smugglers Inn do some much needed emergency training on internal communications and customer service. In the meantime we have had some fantastic meals at The Windmill Inn and The Northfield Hotel, which are only a short drive away.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 28 July 2021

After my nan and grandad having a caravan near minehead for years we always loved coming to the smugglers inn, we had seen a few bad reviews since the change of hands however we thought we would give it a try. We Booked here months...ago for my grandads 80th birthday celebration which 15 of us were looking forward to sitting together to have a meal to celebrate as a family after a long wait due to Covid. We were due to have our meal on the Thursday evening and my grandad went in the Friday prior to confirm everything was ok with our booking which they confirmed was all sorted for us. On arrival to find out they have given away our table reservation due to not:- Paying a deposit (not asked for by the smugglers) Not confirming via telephone we were attending when they rang us on the Monday - They called my grandads home phone number while we were on holiday (keeping in mind my grandad confirmed this in person in the pub on the Friday) The barmaids were rude with no apology until the manager came out which he responded we should have given a mobile number to contact us on unfortunately my grandad does not have a mobile number and thought that confirming the booking in person would have been enough. My nan and grandad were absolutely devastated as we couldn’t get in anywhere else as a family however having a look at the reviews around the bad food and drinks looks like we’ve dodged a bullet.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 11 July 2021

Ordered 2pints of Prawns, got Pint n half, with half a baggette each plus a finger bowl of lemon juice to wash your fingers. You would be better off drinking that rather than the Scrumpy (LILLYS) TASTED OF SINK WATER. SO Ordered a pint of...Doom Bar, struggled to see through it. PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR, GO TO THE PUB AT THE END OF THE ROAD. THE BLUE ANCHOR. HONESTLYMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 9 July 2021 via mobile

Visited this inn because it was by the coast, what a disappointment. Entrance is via down steep steps ,although there is a door to the garden it is locked ,no good if disabled, no sign saying you can use the exit which is a ramp....Main point of visit was to have a drink, if my husband had drank what he was given I think he would of spent the next day on the loo. He ordered Lilleys scrumpy cider which tasted like it was watered down also like dish water, so he left that drink told the young lady who served us who said she would tell the landlord, so my husband ordered another drink a Doombar when it came it was cloudy,so he left that too, my husband knows his drinks being 60 years young. To avoid being disappointed don't go if you enjoy a good clean pint.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 27 June 2021

My husband and I went here for a meal last week and it was absolutely disgusting.....only giving a star so I can do a review.

Date of visit: June 2021
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The Smugglers Inn Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4