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The Gate Inn

Smeath Lane, Clarborough, Retford DN22 9JW, England
+44 1777 703397
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good15%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible6%
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“prawns” (8 reviews)
“canal side” (11 reviews)
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Gastropub, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Smeath Lane, Clarborough, Retford DN22 9JW, England
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Reviewed yesterday

We came upon the Inn when doing a canal walk which should have started up the road at a pub now closed down but what a gem we found by chance. The owners, Fernando and Vicky, were the most friendly of hosts, very welcoming and...More

Thank Morgan1947
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited for a birthday celebration on a weekday lunchtime, and received a very warm welcome from the owner. Lovely food, great choice of wines and well kept beers. We all really enjoyed our meals and the vegetarian choices were great, especially the beer battered...More

Thank Hannah B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been looking forward to visiting The Gate for months, and the wait didn't disappoint. The host/manager/owner, has an excellent and professional touch, he really knows his stuff as a meet and greet front of house and more, busy, busy ,busy sorting everyone's orders in a...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed at a nearby campsite and walked along the canal to this pub. Had an excellent lunch and drink. The staff were friendly and welcoming and the pub clean and bright. Went back the next day for dinner, had the antipasti to share as a...More

Thank jaybee260
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First impressions the place is very clean and tidy, Nicely greeted drinks at the bar then showed to our table. Food was very nicely presented that we all enjoyed.

Thank Mo F
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I've been here a few times and the food is really excellent. On a Sunday there is a carvery and also a la carte; we have eaten from both and both are great. Couple of niggles: - Sometimes you order off the a la carte...More

Thank Norberts-dad
Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

Me and my boyfriend was passing and decided to go in for our evening meal, the service was great and the restaurant area was away from the bar so it wasn't noisy at all. We was seated in a window seat looking over the canal...More

Thank Sophy S
Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

I've eaten here a couple of times and each time the food was lovely. The setting is really nice as by the canal; in fact the first time I ate here it was for a lunch stop on a narrow boat trip. The only criticism...More

1  Thank Ros B
Reviewed March 28, 2017

Once again fabulous food with excellent service ''as always '' from Fernando, big thank you to every. Glyn and James.

Thank glyn s
Reviewed March 24, 2017

This is the second time I've visited this Pub / Restaurant - Last time was about 6 or 7 years ago, and it did not disappoint then. However, todays visit sees it under new management... and wow, it is brilliant. Situated on the side of...More

1  Thank Maudibe
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Please can you update this to show they are not open for lunch on a Monday, as have just driven out there to find it is closed 😡!
March 21, 2016|
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Response from Dolly S | Reviewed this property |
According to their Facebook page Mon/Tues they are open 5-11pm. On 27th March it changes....looks like they are open every day 12-11pm.
Jo H H H
Any vegetarian meals?
December 17, 2015|
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Response from cotgarth | Reviewed this property |
Not been for a while so cannot say for sure, but the usually had at least one veggie option... you will need to give them a call
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $21
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Television
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Smeath Lane, Clarborough, Retford DN22 9JW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Nottinghamshire  >  Retford  >  Clarborough
  • Phone Number: +44 1777 703397
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Contemporary canal-side gastropub, in rural Nottinghamshire, serving bar snacks, a full restaurant menu and daily specials.