Smugglers Inn – Osmington
This beautiful pub was once frequented by the infamous smuggler ‘Pierre Latour’ and dates back to the 13th century.
It retains a lot of the original features and looks every inch the traditional English pub, with oak beams and wood panelling. It is nestled in a beautiful little cove, which sits on the edge of the famous Jurassic Coast. It does get extremely crowded in the summer months and at times there is a long wait to be served.
The pub is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with far reaching views over the ocean and is a haven for dog walkers. In fact, the pub is so welcoming to their canine visitors, that they serve doggie ice-cream and have an array of dog biscuits on the bar counter.
On the first occasion I ate in this pub, I found the food distinctly unappetizing and this was reflected in the Trip Advisor reviews. However, the pub has since changed management and I was reliably informed that the menu has received a drastic overhaul, so I decided to lunch there on two occasions.
Being a vegetarian, I decided to try the houmous and vegetable sandwich, which consisted of rocket, carrot, beetroot and shaved red onion, which was extremely tasty, served on fresh bread of choice.
There was also the option to add skin-on fries, sweet potato fries, or triple cooked chips. Since I have a small appetite, I found the sandwich more than ample.
The staff are extremely welcoming and nothing is too much trouble.
They are adept at offering advice and explaining their menus, while the pub’s heartbeat is definitely the manager, who is always extremely keen to help with anything that you may require and his genuine effort to please visitors is extremely impressive.