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The Old Smugglers Inn
Ranked #2 of 2 St Erth B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Recently visited for Sunday lunch with my family while on holiday. We all really enjoyed the meal. My husband especially enjoyed the live jazz music that was coming from the other room. A really nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon...

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

slightly over priced but that went out of the window when food came best steak ive ever tasted cooked to perfection, service was brilliant to would deffinately go back for more. never stayed there but rooms seem cheap enough as well iff you need a short break good location to travel around

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

At the last minute, I accommodated myself here for break with my family (who were staying with friends in St Ives). There was a friendly welcome from Wayne and Teresa and fine meals with fresh, locally-sourced produce (I recommend the speciality fish pie -which is very special) assured my stay was a very pleasant one indeed.

Though only 1/2 hour's walk from the coast and 15 mins drive from St Ives, this Inn was like something you fortuitously discover away from the tourist track in some rural backwater of Spain or France, with honest cuisine and reasonable prices. It's where the locals and their families throng noisily in the eccentrically compartmented, low-beamed plan, with its non-named large canvases of brandy-runners and mythical maritime scenes, in the course of their meal night-out. This is a real working country hostlery and is refreshingly devoid of pretension and silly Tate-inspired room charges, which seem to be the norm elsewhere in the St Ives area. There are chickens running around the garden. The periphery of the well-mown lawn has nettles and backs straight onto farmland. Get over it! This is the countryside!

My en-suite room with double bed was clean-painted with a tv and views to the coast and St Ives beyond. Bathroom facilities were spotless and very adequate. There was no Wifi and, thankfully, no sculpture or other artworks, nor proclamations of investment in organic carpets or Japanese garden. For these you would doubtless be expected to pay £50-60 and upwards per night in St Ives and its surrounds for a single room, and where you'd also be expected to consider yourself privileged to be allowed to stay and, likely as not, be viewed askance by the proprietress with hollow-eyed suspicion till your departure. I paid less than half that amount and experienced never less than genuine, interested, cordiality from my hosts but which was never overdone or laboured. All in all, a great place to chill, observe and chat with authentic Cornishmen and women, and unhurriedly plan your trips in this retreat by the Western approaches and the english Finisterre.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank Peter W
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Reviewed November 11, 2011

We visited this place with our family and after a very long wait found the food absolutely tasteless and left more than what we ate. When we left, we were still hungry so we ended up at McDonalds near Hayle as our children won the vote as to where to go!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

We ate here on our last night, the 29th of July, after some discussion and debate as there were 8 on us (two families) but it was a great choice. Most of us had the 16oz Rump all cooked to perfection, they ranged from Blue to well done. Great place, don't judge a book by its cover, great atmosphere inside.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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29  Thank Jackie G
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Reviewed June 26, 2010

Friends and I were staying nearby and went here for a meal, excellent choice available from both the menu and specials and was real value for money. Staff and locals in there were very friendly. We were so impressed we went the following night again for a meal, the bar area was busy as it was quiz night and was full with locals and visitors. We were offered a table in the restaurant area and the waiter was very attentive, there was a great atmosphere and we wished it was our local. I shall go there again in September when I will be staying in the area again with other friends.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with friends
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7  Thank thesugarcrafter
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Reviewed October 17, 2009

After reading SAM HKs review,all we can say is that they had the wrong pub,or were trying to advertise another LOCAL pub?
We stayed at the Smugglers 11-10-2009,had a great time,afternoon Jazz session,great evening meal/wine,excellent menu and wine list,a clean bed/bedroom ensuite to sleep 4,only 2 of us KING SIZE BED!joined in the pub quiz,and were made to feel welcome and at home.Breakfast was a challenge,a large plate with a well cooked very large breakfast everything no skimping,fruit juice,cereal,toast etc,enough for a whole days food,Im a big man and a big eater of good food,so that tells you a lot!My partner has a special diet,that was catered for without a quibble,unlike someother local pubs,our nice dogs were made welcome as well!!I was a stranger in this pub,but was made to feel like a local resident by time we left! Thanks to the very pleasant polite staff,and the landlord/lady,see you all again soonest,Maurice and Jean(BRISTOL)
We will be returning for another session soonest,all the way from Bristol

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Maurice P
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Additional Information about The Old Smugglers Inn

Address: 3 Calais Road, St Erth, Hayle TR27 6EG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cornwall > Hayle > St Erth
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Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in St Erth
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
The Old Smugglers Hotel St Erth Praze
The Old Smugglers Inn Cornwall/St Erth

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