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The Pilchard Inn, Kingsbridge

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Burgh Island
Burgh Island
Postal town: Kingsbridge
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Pilchard Inn

A classic pubby experience - either walking across the sand if the tide is out, or getting the Sea Tractor. Pub sign emblazoned with 1366 - with this the oldest pub in Devon. A wonderful beer garden and a low ceiling, maritime paraphenalia interior.

Incredibly popular when the sun is shining and we were lucky to get a table.

Unsure if this is a permanent feature or a covid response - but its a bit of a pain in the arse getting charged a £2 deposit on a plastic glass - which you then have to claim back when you return. You can imaging how many people are taking advantage of the facilities when its 22 degrees in September.

Not going to let this put me off a wonderful revisit after 25 years. It was 1995 when I was last in here, with my dad. Hope its not another 25 when I return.

On 16th September 2020 - rating: 10
[User has posted 669 recommendations about 663 pubs]

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train man left this review about The Pilchard Inn

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’, it should be mentioned, 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 an article I heard about in the Kingsbridge & Salcombe Gazette, 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. The new barman on our day of departure may not be cut out for the pub game 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. (review refers Oct09)

On 19th February 2010 - rating: 7
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Ivybridge, 9.7 miles, 3 hr 7 min walk (show)
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19th Sep 2020, 08:42
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17th Sep 2020, 18:05
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 19 February 2010 by Will Larter
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 19 February 2010 by Will Larter
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 19 February 2010 by Will Larter
  • Micropub : No last updated 17 September 2020 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 19 February 2010 by Will Larter
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