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The Pilchard Inn, Burgh Island - pub details

Pilchard Inn
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Address: Burgh Island, Bigbury-On-Sea, Devon, TQ7 4BG [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 12125) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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> Current user rating: 5.4/10 (rated by 23 users)
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Journeys End Inn, Ringmore (1.2 miles), Sloop Inn, Bantham (1.3 miles), Village Inn, Thurlestone (1.7 miles)


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What used to be one of my favorite pubs ruined! What used to be a friendly pub with lots of atmosphere seems to have been reduced to a daytime only serving hatch (possibly open evenings at weekends?
theolester - 2 Sep 2011 00:13
I visited this pub for the first time last week. It has a beautiful setting, the ale was fine, but the staff were useless. As someone else said: 'They don't want us here on the island'. In particular it was the rude girl who served me that I objected to. She has had a total and complete character bypass. She hadn't got a clue. She was an embarassment. If I ever go in there again I will make my feelings known from the start. These rude incompetents need to be told. Discgraceful of her employers to let her loose on the general public. Therefore I give it 3/10. (And that was because of the lovely view!).
beehave - 17 Aug 2010 19:54
This used to be a favorite haunt of mine but I wouldn't bother any more, must have the rudest staff of any pub in the UK, if your not a local (and I am) or a resident of the hotel then don't bother, get insulted elsewhere.
Tightfart - 28 Jul 2010 19:39
Small 2/3 roomed pub with old wooden sign depicting a pilchard and the date 1336, also printed in bold on the whitewashed stone exterior if you approach from the beach. The ‘Front Bar’, as mentioned previously, has a small sign at the door indicating hotel guests & regulars only, which is unfortunate, but I don’t know how actively that is enforced and can’t say that I noticed any ‘us & them’ atmosphere last Sun/Mon, although there should have been service cover for both sides to avoid the log-jam that a couple of large rounds created. Front Bar has studded wood stable door, old stone fireplace with heavy wooden lintel & open wood burning grate, cobbled floor by fire otherwise slate tiles, low beamed ceiling, old curved wood settle & a scatter of tables & chairs, a stuffed hawk is displayed in a recessed glass case and lanterns & ship’s wheel lend character. A little snug to the side has one table, settles & chairs and bar servery. Slipway Bar, whilst admittedly less atmospheric, is served by the same central servery, has higher beamed ceiling, low window settles, 6 tables, blackboard announcing soup & baguettes and, contrary to the statement in the article quoted by Devon_Miles, a bar (not a serving hatch) with more footage than that of the Front Bar. Just outside is a covered smoking area & beyond to a picnic set & barrel table with view over the strip of sand to mainland, below this another 9 picnic sets have similar vista and no ‘roping off’ was evident last week. This was a pretty idyllic spot to sit with a beer in the sunshine waiting for the tide to retreat (sea tractor out of action). The beers are Pilchard Best (which I heard is St Austell Cousin Jack, but couldn’t find that name on StA site) and XSB from South Hams Brewery. I don’t think the new barman who started Mon will last too long but the other guys were good, incl Gary, a star from the hotel. The pub has an upper room which forms extra accommodation for Burgh Island Hotel.
trainman - 18 Oct 2009 18:43
Romantic setting, beautuful pub, been coming here from Brum since we were kids with the family.

Stunning views and beer is ok, not the cheapest place, but tyou pay for the setting really.

It is a little annoying that the hotel reserves half the bar for it's residents, but to be honest, last time we visited, they let us through anyway. I'm just pleased this quiet little retreat is still there... virtually unchanged.
BromsgroveRover - 5 Jun 2009 10:23

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