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“Lovely”

The Smugglers Restaurant
Ranked #22 of 98 Restaurants in Ilfracombe
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: A family run business offering an à la carte menu with a wide variety of seafood including locally caught lobster, steaks and British classics. Vegetarian options and a kids menu also available.
Reviewed 11 June 2021

Visited here recently. A gem, expected the prices to be high .....what a lovely surprise to find they were very very reasonable. Staff lovely and all were obeying covid rules. Would recommend, but do book gets really busy

Date of visit: May 2021
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Thank Lilyloo123
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Reviewed 10 June 2021

As had nowhere booked, went to Smugglers as you do not need to book there. Were told we would be called 10 minutes later to be informed if they will have a table or not for us. No phone call. So went back to the restaurant and they found a table for us.

2 out of 3 main courses were served cold. Had to send them back and had to wait a while for the food to be recooked. Asked for a discount due to the poor service and having to send food back. Offered a mere £3 discount. Would not recommend

Date of visit: June 2021
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1  Thank Daniel M
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Reviewed 10 June 2021

We were unable to get in the first evening we tried as they were so busy. So we made a special effort the next day to arrive around 4.30/5ish and boy oh boy are we glad we did. The ambiance was lovely, soft lighting and light jazz/ blues music playing gently in the background.
The staff were friendly and clear on the COVID sanitising on entering. All felt very COVID safe. Staff were happy to explain the choices on the menu. We didn’t feel rushed, however we could see how popular the restaurant was.
The food was hot and fresh and portions plentiful. I really loved the salmon off the specials board. Seasoning was perfect and thank goodness I shared the delicious apple crumble and custard, portion was huge.
The scampi were whole, delicious and juicy, none of this mushy reformed processed stuff you get in other places.
We enjoyed our visit and the food that much we returned the following day around the same time and experienced excellent quality homemade food again. Shame we have to go home tomorrow.
Excellent job smugglers staff, thank you

Date of visit: June 2021
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Thank ge0rgie50
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Reviewed 7 June 2021

As didn't like to plan too far ahead, rang to see if they had a table as no formal booking, but took number and got back within the hour. Food was superb, I had fish pie, so smooth and tasty. Friend had chicken au poivre. Plentiful and room for desert and reasonable costs. Place was busy and could see why. Brilliant and were accommodating to do era who came after us.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Thank brzonkalik3
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Reviewed 7 June 2021

Food lovely but Rush Rush Rush from the time we arrived .
Wouldn’t return preferred Wetherspoon just up the road

Date of visit: June 2021
Thank evertonworcester
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