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Smugglers

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$$ - $$$
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The Quay, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, England
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

we expected a lot more from a harbourside restaurant, but the cod & chips, was tiny, a & had bones & was dry, very disappointing

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Thank 50ang
Bangkok, Thailand
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113 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a thoroughly forgettable meal at smugglers . Impressive fish selection - plaice , cod, mackerel , sea bass plus lobster and crab. All looking out to sea with fishing boats and seagulls squawking . "Which fish is fresh" ? - "none today" hmm. I ordered the fish pie . Truly awful. Waterlogged bland and tasteless mash straight from the... More 

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Thank AnneNap33
Leicester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quaint, nostalgic and always full! We always have a meal here each time we visit Ilfracombe. We book a day in advance just to be sure we get a table. Food is always good although a smaller menu would perhaps ensure that food is freshly cooked and not frozen as the kitchen looks small, ambience is always welcoming, music is... More 

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Thank alisonmarybunny
London
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great ambience, the restaurant decor is amazing. The food is not very special but not dissapointing and I guess its resonably priced thinking that this is in a touristy area. The kids portion is very reasonably priced.

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Thank Chaviola
Surrey
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a strange place! Decor unbelievable very dark and lots of things painted gloss black. Was like stepping back in time. Brass pots and all sorts of strange objects hanging up. Should have left as soon as we read the menu as huge choice which as most people know is a bad sign as nothing cooked well. Staff were polite... More 

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Thank HappycoupleSurrey
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having missed out on eating here last time we visited we were keen to try this place. Great reviews and it looks cosy and authentic from the outside we were really looking forward to eating here. The inside is comfy and welcoming. We were given a warm and genuine welcome and given a choice of where to sit. Service continued... More 

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Thank crlyjam
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

FROZEN. MICROWAVED. RUBBISH. Beautiful restaurant in a great location makes great cover for low budget insultingly priced frozen packeted food assumed to be from local Lidl. Even the cheese baguette was microwaved. We just hope the restaurant provide fresh fish when the summer season begins. Really enjoyed the venue. Nicely priced wine. Great Bar and Service.

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Thank Beau D
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Always stop by when we are away,our grandchildren love it here. Meals are really lovely and of a good size. It does get quiet busy tho so its worth booking if you can.

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Thank Elaine P
Solihull, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Excellent food great service, all three of us enjoyed our meals in fact we cleaned our plates. Lovely little place. 👍

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Thank michellelt2016
Poole, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We have just spent a few days staying in Ilfracombe. We chanced upon The Smugglers on our first trip to the quay. I had swordfish and my wife had sea bass, it was really tasty and well prepared and served with a good selection of vegetables and potatoes. In fact it was so good we returned there the following two... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
British, Seafood
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Quay, Ilfracombe EX34 9EQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Ilfracombe

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?