Well today we happened on the Smugglers Inn..... in Seaton, East of looe...I remember stopping for a pit stop beer some years ago...so to say i have no recollection of the pub is fair...but anyway
to cut to the chase....the food and the menu was very much what I expected...your traditional Sunday offerings ...The Starters very reasonably priced @ £3.25 todays offerings were Broccoli and Stilton Soup, Farm House Pate and Melba Toast, and a Traditional Prawn Cocktail...which in all honesty I fancied but didnt bother with ...because no one else wanted a starter so i just did the SHEEP thing and opted also for the Carvery....Which was a Top side of Beef and Pork Joint ok not a massive selection of meats...But in term of the Middle of the road sit down lunch...what more can i really expect for £7.50? so of course i had both meats, there was quite a selection of veg that was in a long hostess heated self server station, I had 3 yorkies, a scoop of carrots which were of the frozen variety, and some sprouts also which were frozen, and a heap of ruff cutt savoy cabbage and roast potatoes...the potatoes had clearly been deep fried prior to the roast, because the overall appearance was dark but on the whole.. quite edible....but to get back to the point when I sat down and viewed the plate after bathing it all in gravy which was nice ...it turned out to be quite a fair sized portion, Im a Sous Chef in a Taste of the west Gold award winning restaurant...so im always fussy...on first poke the beef looked pretty over cooked....and the pork looked unloved....but much to my surprise ate really well the beef was not pink at all but melted in the mouth? not sure how the Scottish Chef pulled that off must have been cooking it since yesterday :) and the pork which i would never normally eat out was also well cooked and nicely moist...I enjoyed it?! The deserts offered were Profiteroles, Trifle and......duh i forgot ....anyways we skipped desert because we all ate to much carvery :) ...... so to summarize .....Service was nice and straight forward...Drinks were fine but a little limited on the beers lots of reversed taps......and the meal was nice and it did indeed fill me up....this isnt fine dining nor is it anywhere near a gastro-pub status, it offers straight forward pub dining. The Chef is warm friendly and inviting, and the staff all nice, light hearted and helpful......If i have one final thought its this, declutter the restaurant, group the furniture and allow the pub / restaurant to be just that, with a little coordination, the space could be so much more improved. but on the whole...This was fair priced food which added to a nice local feel dining experience. Cheers Guys! we will stop by again...an enjoyable lunch was had.
- Also Known As:
- The Smugglers Hotel Seaton
- The Smugglers Inn Seaton, Cornwall