Last weekend during our break down at the Jurassic Coast, we revisited a country inn we first discovered last August. The Smugglers Inn, Osmington Mills near Weymouth is slightly off the beaten track as you drive out of Weymouth.
The Smugglers Inn has an amazing view of the Isle of Portland and dates back to the 13th Century and is known to be the home to the leader of a gang of smugglers Emmanuel Charles*.
The Inn is a very popular choice for lunch and offers fresh seasonal dishes, largers from around the world and award winning Badger Ales. I rang to book at about 10.30am for midday as we were a party of 6. Good job I did as when we arrived all the indoor dining area was booked out and the manager was turning people away. There is a large outdoor dining area but in early April it was still a bit chilly to eat outside.
There were 4 adults and 2 children at our table. The children were well catered for with a good menu choice for children and priced reasonably at £5.50 and includes a generous tub of Salcombe dairy ice cream for pudding. My boys chose burger and chips and sausage and mash. My two can be a bit fussy which wasn't a problem my eldest requested his burger without cheese or salad and my youngest his sausage meal without gravy neither were a problem. Both boys wolfed down their meals without so much as a peep. They were supplied with a colouring sheet and pencils which kept them occupied. My eldest enjoyed looking at the many photos and pictures on the wall which made for a great talking point.
I had a delicious Cornish pasty served with chips and peas, others had the vegetable soup, a mini classic pie and baked mushrooms. All the food was delicious and served by approachable staff. The atmosphere was very comfortable and the building had that real old inn charm complete with low beams and low ceilings. We were made to feel very welcome.
The inn is accessible for those who are non mobile there is a sloping pathway from the carpark, charges apply, opposite, alternatively some rather steep steps down to the garden and entrance. There are also 4 en suite rooms for overnight accommodation.
The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. I did not receive payment for this review.
* information taken from the Smugglers website