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Smugglers, Pevensey

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I was witha group of 15 last Saturday for drinks and meal in the Smugglers.
the food was great, and service was ouotstanding. the new owners have really done wonders with this place. I will be back many times!
millwalldan - 18 Aug 2011 16:03
Had an OK half pint of Masterbrew otherwise, not much to say either way about this pub.
halfabitterman - 29 May 2011 18:22
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT I believe but first time for us
Certainly no sign of surly service and no other complaints either here.
We arrived to The Smugglers at 12.30 on a recent Wednesday lunch time, to greet us 5 walkers there were 4 friends so we were 9 in all.
I had phoned ahead and the landlady had laid us a large table for 9 in the restaurant with table linen and flowers on the table.

Before we went into the restaurant we supped some very well kept Shepherd Neame Real Ales, I had 2 pints of Spitfire (although they also had Bishops Finger and Masterbrew) sitting in a comfortable chair by the log fire in this lovely old pub in February 2011.
Beer was not cheap, Spitfire 3.35 a pint, Masterbrew 3.20 and Lager (Holsten) was 3.60 but all was in good condition and unless you are going to drink 10 pints or so, does it really matter if your pint is 10p or so more than some other places?
There was no sign of the resident Ghost but the original wide curved Oak polished floor planking and Oak beams paid testament to the age of the pub, it OUGHT to have a Ghost!
Food was excellent

3 of us had Fish and Chips a 8.20 this was beer battered Cod and served with Petit pois, slice of lemon and tartare sauce and was very fresh and tasty

2 Had Steak and Kidney Pudding I think at 8.95,

1 had a special of Thai Fish Cakes which he reported as excellent,

1 had a Chicken Curry

2 had Ham Eggs and Chips

Puddings were also delicious and all priced at 4.60.
3 of us tucked into Apple and Blackberry Crumbles and others had Pavlova and Crem Brulee

Service was very good and we were asked if everything was ok twice before on leaving the landlady thanked us and when we all replied that we had enjoyed our meal she told me "It takes a long time to build a reputation but you can lose it in 1 bad meal or with poor sevice. Very True but nice they realise this.
Well we had superb food, good beer and excellent service and guess what? We will be going back soon!
For me 10 out of 10 we go to a different pub every Wednesday and have seen it all and WE were all very impressed with The Smugglers at Pevensey. Give it a try!
roberttherambler - 9 Feb 2011 20:42
Surly-looking bar staff who talked to the regulars and completely ignored me as I stood there with a note in my hand, despite the fact that one of them was doing nothing. Wouldn't touch it with a bargepole.
taffy52 - 29 Nov 2010 19:56
Historic inn with a reasonably sized bar that appears to have been partially refurbished a few decades ago in what they probably thought at the time to be a modern style. Also has quite a large restaurant area down a couple of steps on the other side of the front door. Pleasant beer garden out back, with a separate childrens play area. Three of the four handpumps on when I visited, offering Master Brew, Bishops Finger and a top-quality pint of Spitfire at 3.00. Overall, listening to a decent blues band playing outdoors in the late summer sunshine with an excellent pint in hand, it's hard to think of a better way to spend part of a bank holiday afternoon.
rpadam - 1 Sep 2010 22:04
A pleasant and welcoming pub, Good Shepherd Neame beers on offer and good value bowls of nuts for 1.
Floyd - 18 Aug 2008 18:23
In ancient time "The New Inn" a pub from the 15th century. Oak beams, open log fires, Shepherd Neame beers including the autumn hop-beer Late Red and the winter special Porter. Run by Jeannette Blake and her family -- excellent seafood. Good local clientele, very welcoming to grockles and ennits in the summer.
Keith Belcher - 12 Dec 2004 17:53

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