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The Smugglers Rest

$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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South Coast Road | Peacehaven, Newhaven BN10 7BE, England (Formerly The Badgers Watch)
+44 1273 586593
12:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Showing 374: English reviews
St Albans, England
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Firstly, the restaurant is not in Newhaven but at Telscombe near Peacehaven. Food was generally good, certainly lots to eat, the only let down being the veg, which was completely overcooked. We dined at 6pm on a Tuesday so the restaurant was quite empty although it did fill up a bit before we left. Service was prompt and the staff... More 

Thank BlueBoxsa
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74 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were here recently with friends from overseas who wanted to return as they had enjoyed a previous visit, reluctantly we agreed. They were busy as it was the week after Christmas and they were critically understaffed, but those who we met were efficient and friendly. We swerved a starter as the drinks had taken 20 minutes to arrive and... More 

Thank rickydodah
Benfleet, United Kingdom
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232 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We met friends here for lunch, our waitress was very friendly and helpful, we all had different meals and we all enjoyed our food the portions were generous. The restaurant is reasonably priced. Would return again.

Thank Lorraine W
Worthing, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Smugglers is the same as all Ember Inns, it's nice and the menu has a varied choice serving what I would class as standard English pub food. The drinks choices is good with ales, lagers, ciders and a number of gins. Nice atmosphere although does have the chain pub feel to it

Thank BurgessNeil
Peacehaven, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made our visit at lunchtime (A party of 8) on the Bank Holiday after Christmas. As we arrived I thought this place should be really busy, Upon our arrival we were told by the barman "like I said to the other people, take a menu from the bar find a seat when you've made your choice order at the... More 

Thank sisaydo
Newhaven, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

I love this pub for drinks, their real ales are great and the service is on par. We are this last visit and well.... never again. It was only Luke warm and to me was all pre packed microwave food. None of us enjoyed what was ordered and none of us finished our food either.. unfortunate as the beers are... More 

Thank sbick82
Peacehaven, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Visited here for my husbands birthday on a Friday afternoon. The restaurant has a nice interior but it's not very clear whether it's table service or not. We sat down, waited for a while and then went to get our own menu. Returned to the bar to order which took a while as no staff around. The burger we wanted... More 

Thank 68gemmab
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This used to be a favourite. Now they've upgraded the menu and downgraded the food. Their fish and chips used to be excellent. Now it's not even mediocre. It's described as "line caught". If so it was a long time ago! Tasteless. On top was a shriveled bunch of brownish greenery. When I asked why, I was told it shriveled... More 

Thank Barbara C
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Don't know how this place does any business the service is terrible. The manger has a really bad attitude problem. Went there as a group for a birthday and they messed up the booking, the managers attitude was that we should be happy that he managed to put two odd tables together in a part of the restaurant that they... More 

Thank Ben T
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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174 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Great location. Used to be great. Now. ..... shoddy, surly service. Small portions of tasteless food. Vintage Inns normally good. What a shame. Pick it up guys you have a great opportunity at this incredible location.

Thank Sally W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 33
Bar, British, Pub
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
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Groups
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?