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The Pilchard Inn

Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-Sea TQ7 4BG, England
+44 1548 810514
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Beautiful but snobby!!

Have visited Burgh Island many times on holiday and always comment on the obnoxious snobbery... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sarah M
Cardiff, United Kingdom
via mobile
Not that bad!

Went there recently at low tide - so no need for the sea tractor. The miserable, rude, dour... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Worcester, United Kingdom
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  • Average16%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible31%
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“sea tractor” (30 reviews)
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Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-Sea TQ7 4BG, England
+44 1548 810514
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have visited Burgh Island many times on holiday and always comment on the obnoxious snobbery associated with the pub, yet still return to eat and drink there! It really is Beautiful, everything about the island is gorgeous and I am rather partial to the crab...More

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went there recently at low tide - so no need for the sea tractor. The miserable, rude, dour, unwelcoming Scotsman (as mentioned in other reviews) seems to have moved on - or perhaps it was just his day off?! We just had a drink, which...More

Thank MalcolmSmith2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Think of this as more of a bothy with a bar than a pub. It's tiny. No food menu but nice baguettes. Good beer and cider. It is there mainly for the hotel guests so day trippers will be disappointed it's not geared to appeal...More

Thank Carolyn Y
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Don't waste your time or money in the Pilchard! When It was actually open I was confronted by the most ignorant sour faced barman I've ever met! If he is an example of the staff at the Burgh Island hotel don't even think about staying...More

1  Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 8 October 2017

The Pilchard in is tiny and full of historical character, a real gem after a beach walk and a roam on the cliffs. Great crab baguettes and a novel way of string their crisps. There's a little fireside pub room for guests

Thank Joxbox
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Twice, while waiting - and waiting - to be served, I was ordered in a loud, aggressive tone to move from where I was standing, which was by the bar and where I had assumed customers were traditionally supposed to stand. In view of the...More

3  Thank markep1455
Reviewed 25 September 2017

By booking only the Friday curry is a great night. The pub shuts and becomes the local curry house. A buffet of curries with all sides were offered. tasted great, good beers and excellent wines for a small pub.

Thank PaulSansom2014
Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

The barman at the Pilchard Inn (only one serving at 1pm on 19th Sept) was horribly rude to everyone queuing up to buy their sad and soggy baguettes. He seemed to make it his business to answer in just 1 or 2 words - his...More

2  Thank KJFz
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Terrible pub with a horrible barman, he was so rude, shouted at everyone and make everyone feel unwelcome. Be warned don't go to Burgh island unless you can walk there and back and don't need to eat, drink or use the toilet

3  Thank DG1234_12
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Staff who simply could not care less serving very very average beer. They say that you can judge the owners by their staff and this place demonstrated that 100 percent. Truly awful attitude to customers!

3  Thank TonyP569
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Clive B
7 June 2016|
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Response from Christopher G | Reviewed this property |
When we visited the service was fine