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The Pilchard Inn

Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-Sea TQ7 4BG, England
01548 810514
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Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
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Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars

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English first
UK
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

We stay in Devon often as we have friends there, they have never taken us to the Pilchard now we know why! We were on Bigbury beach and thought we would go for for lunch, stale old pre made baguettes served by surly staff was the offering. The other side of the bar is reserved for 'regular locals and hotel... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012 via mobile

Brilliant with very friendly staff. Rounded off a lovely day on Burgh Island. Don't be put off by the trip over from Bigbury, worth the effort.

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gloucestershire
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

I visited the Pilchard Inn last year, the service is poor and the attitude of the staff similar. I can only assume the same culture exists within the hotel which must be galling for any mug losing £440-£600 per night for the privilege. I really do not understand why the owners allow this to happen, it really upsets an awful... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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99 reviews 99 reviews
34 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

You couldn't ask for a better location for this beautiful and quirky inn built in 1336 full of character. I wouldn't say it was 'unwelcoming' as per the other reviews and it was full when we passed it originally with only one poor barman to serve them all so when we came back down the hill the tables all had... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

I didn't think it was possible to turn a diamond back in to coal! For such an iconic pub, in a location to die for, this is exactly what these operators have managed to achieve. Having had poor servive and cold soup a couple of years ago, we dacided to give it another shot, in the hope that some improvements... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

Speaking as a relative local (Plymouth) there are plenty of pleasanter,cleaner,more welcoming places to visit in the area. Not sure why there isn't just a No Entry sign to Burgh Island itself ; there's enough negative signposting to demonstrate how unwelcome day visitors are. It definitely isn't worth the drive down. Would be surprised if I ever go there again.... More 

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Wiltshire
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124 reviews 124 reviews
17 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

As it was fine we sat outside and had a (tepid) coffee. Had it been wet we wouldn't have bothered as the bar was tiny and cramped even on a reasonable day. The view was certainly worth it though. The toilets were quite clean, contrary to other reviews. located down some very steep steps, so unsuitable for anyone with walking... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

My Partner and I walked across to Burgh Island from Bigbury on sea and stopped at the Pilchard Inn for coffee. The Staff were very efficient and were quick to lend me a tray to carry the drinks back to the tables at the front of the pub. There is a nasty slope covered in sand so care is needed... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Bigbury on Sea has a beautiful beach and rock pools with plenty of places to park, but we will not be returning! The 'Loving the Beach' cafe where we bought lunch for the family was fairly pricey and a long wait but delicious as it was all locally sourced produce! There was a really nice holiday atmosphere on the beach,... More 

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devon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

Avoid this pub like the plague if you are a visitor; YOU ARE NOT WELCOME the only place visitors can sit is in a cold bar with no heat and very very poor service, Interestingly the local bar ONLY OPEN TO LOCALS AND HOTEL GUESTS has a nice warm fire burning and probably cheaper prices. If you want to feel... More 

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