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The Lobster Smack, Canvey Island - pub details

Lobster Smack

Address: Haven Rd, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 0NR [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 4636) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Benfleet (2.5 miles), Pitsea (4.1 miles), Leigh-on-sea (4.4 miles)

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other pubs nearby:

King Canute, Canvey Island (0.8 miles), Haystack, Canvey Island (1.8 miles), Monico Hotel, Canvey Island (1.8 miles)

user reviews of the Lobster Smack, Canvey Island

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Busy of a hot April Sunday lunchtime but they obligingly squeezed us in. The Crouch Vale Brewers Gold was perfectly fine. Food service a bit chaotic with items left off the order but politely corrected. Quite a middle aged clientele in a reasonably comfortable setting.
richythemole - 5 May 2017 18:48
First visit here and we timed it perfectly as they had only been open a week after their refurbishment.

5 ales on pump, Adnams Broadside & Ghost Ship, Wyhcwood Hobgoblin, GK IPA & Abbot Ale. However only the Hobgoblin and GK IPA was on, the barman was slightly stressed as he was serving all the drinkers and taking care of the drinks ordered with food..service was quick and he maintained a smile while doing it.

As mentioned above now it's re-opened this is obviously much more foodie than it was before. The crowd inside at 1pm on Saturday tells its own story as almost everyone was eating.

The food looked good but the portions seemed a little on the small side.

This is a really decent pub / restaurant that is worth the trip out...£10 in a cab from Benfleet station...the other pubs on the island are all very similar so I expect the "new" Lobster Smack to do very well.

lezford - 17 Feb 2014 10:54
Visited this pub for lunch while circumnavigating the sea wall of Canvey Island. It's a really pretty 18th century tavern which supposedly inspired Dickens when he wrote 'Great Expectations'. Sadly the 1950s sea wall blocks the view of the sea, and the nearby oil refinery, sewage works and caravan park don't add much to the charm, but it's still worth a stop. Clientele seemed to be mostly elderly cockney diaspora talking about the days of Ronnie and Reggie, or fishermen/merchant marine workers. Only one real ale on tap, English Pale Ale, but well kept and poured. Atmosphere was rough and ready but friendly.

A word on the food. My friend and I had been walking for seven miles and wanted a hearty lunch, and we got one, at a good price. This is not a a gastro pub, it is cheap pub grub so please don't expect more for the price. I'm perfectly happy to have microwaved scampi and chips and a sticky pudding for less than a tenner. This was normal pub fare a few years ago but nowadays people seem to expect Cordon Bleu cooking everywhere they go. If you want that go to France and leave the cheap and filling pub grub and real ale for the rest of us!
Hugh1971 - 5 Apr 2012 14:56
Used to enjoy taking my kids there for dinner but on my latest visit I won't be going again.
Food was rubbish...

curly fries -overcooked
egg on my mixed grill - overcooked
Steak (rare) - well done

The dessert I ordered for my kids, some sort of knicker-bocker glory thing.

Basically was two scoops of (old) ice laden ice cream, 2 fudge brownies from Morrisons and have a pint of squirty cream.

Shame really as this used to be a great all-rounder but all the pub seems to give a toss about are the 3 or 4 every day drinkers.
mrsteadyhands - 12 Oct 2011 12:39
Lovely old 17th century building situated by the sea wall on the south side of Canvey Island. Pleasant, timber-framed interior with plentiful seating available outside as well.

Although it was the only hand pump ale available at the time, a cool, refreshing pint of Young's bitter was just what I needed midway through my walk right round Canvey Island on a hot summer's day.
beermann - 27 Jun 2010 13:48

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