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The Smugglers Rest

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South Coast Road | Peacehaven, Newhaven BN10 7BE, England (Formerly The Badgers Watch)
+44 1273 586593
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My Wife and have been watching the deterioration of your place with great sadness due to the lack of maintenance, proper management, appalling service, plastic unappetising food, unclean pipes, untreated yeast build up beer glasses and constant turnover of personnel. Its find Investing money in creating a nice alfresco area but this is only part of the equation, if you... More 

Thank Gerard106
Stamford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Met and old friend for Sunday lunch . As it was a day out by the sea I thought I would have fish & chips and made the mistake of saying to my friend "nothing can go wrong with that" We were sitting outside having a drink and it did not seem busy , but the food took ages and... More 

Thank Guy_baxter
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What has happened to this pub, it was ok a few months ago. Service still OK but food very poor served on cold plates and virtually no gluten free options which is not how it used to be.

Thank Bill M
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went back to the smugglers today with my family for Sunday lunch. I have eaten here before 6 weeks ago and came back because on my last visit I had a lovely gluten free roast and desert. Today we were told that none of the roasts were gluten free and I struggled to find something I could eat, some of... More 

Thank Louise M
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived around 6.30pm to be told all roast dishes were finished, we looked at the menu saw alternatives and stayed. We ordered a sharing platter to start which for nearly £16 was of very poor size, it was apparent at this time food was short in third restaurant pub chain. Our mains came, the pie was not well seasoned... More 

1 Thank andrew v
East Sussex, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I popped in the smugglers this afternoon for a bite to eat. The menu was very limited for a Sunday but nevertheless we ordered 1 hunters chicken and 1 Sunday roast mixed platter. The service was good, waitress was attentive and main rush seemed to be over as it had gone 4pm. The food arrived. The hunters... More 

1 Thank furmi
London, England, United Kingdom
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251 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our food was good and the atmosphere was pretty standard for a Vintage Inn. I had the vegetarian burger, which was delicious, and my husband had the steak. The thing which annoyed me was the set menu. In most items you're paying extra for less choice! For example, two course set menu is £14.50. My burger was on the set... More 

Thank Kate P
London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Easter Sunday Lunch at Smugglers Rest Peacehaven was excellent. Lovely friendly atmosphere, meal arrived piping hot and very well presented (compliments to the chef). All the staff were friendly especially our waitress Emma who was friendly and happy with a very good sense of humour and made our lunch even nicer.

Thank margienoverre
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Staff are more interested in asking the chef for cheesy chips! Worst steak EVER!!!! Rip off and crap service! Staff allowed a woman on a E-cig to smoke it on the table next to me! No wonder it was empty all night!!!! Staff -clueless Food - wouldn't feed it to my dog Wine OK!

1 Thank Dona D
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Waited 45 minutes for starters Waited 30 further minutes for half the mains, two of which had to be sent back because they were cold, the other half didn't come Awful service Manager with a serious attitude problem Left feeling furious and hungry. Thanks for ruining my dads Birthday and for having ZERO sympathy or remorse

1 Thank Victoria C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 33
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: South Coast Road | Peacehaven, Newhaven BN10 7BE, England (Formerly The Badgers Watch)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Newhaven
  • Phone Number: +44 1273 586593
The Smuggler's Rest in Peacehaven is a country pub & restaurant oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?