We have just returned home from a long weekend in Weymouth, we try to incorporate our stay with a visit to the Smugglers Inn, on this visit we had some friends with us whom we had told that this was the place to eat - how wrong - standards have dropped drastically since our last visit in June - we were looking forward to having a Sunday roast beef, unfortunately all the beef had been sold, leaving just the chicken, we asked if the chicken was Free Range and locally sourced, the answer was NO - one of our party asked if the fish was locally sourced, answer again NO - it comes from New Zealand we were informed!! apparently the fish tasted similar to cod and was called Hokey - why when fish is landed locally? they list in their menu that Tanglefoot beer is used in the batter - but do not identify where the fish is sourced!! 'Hall and Woodhouse' should reprimanded over their clever wording on the menu -
In our opinion (my husband is a retired publican and our son owns a Free Range Butchers shop and catering business) the chicken had been frozen was dry, stringy, tasteless and over cooked - anther of our party had the gammon, again dry and overcooked, my husband chose the smoked haddock with potato wedges (3 potato wedges in fact!) Our waiter was sympathetic and deducted the chicken from our bill, we were given a discount voucher off of our next visit, although accepted I doubt very much if we will return to this picturesque pub, in fact we left and went to another pub for our dessert and coffee, the pub was called the Spice Ship and decided to return for a meal which we would recommend - fresh local produce used!
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- Also Known As:
- The Smuggler`s Hotel Osmington Mills
- Smugglers Hotel Osmington Mills
- The Smuggler's Inn Osmington Mills, Dorset