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The Smugglers Inn

Drink & Eat & Stay

Bar / Restaurant with Rooms

2 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Serious About Seafood The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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The Smugglers Inn
Cliff Road, Waterville Co Kerry
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Lucille and Henry Hunt’s famous clifftop inn enjoys a remarkable location right beside the world famous championship Waterville Golf Links and the homely rooms are comfortable, some with spectacular views. Local ingredients, especially seafood, star in Henry's cooking for both bar and restaurant.
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Fishing (coarse on site)
  • Fishing (Fly Fishing nearby)
  • Fishing (Sea Angling nearby)
  • Forest / Woodland with trails nearby
  • Garden Visits (nearby)
  • Golf nearby
  • Hunting/Shooting (nearby)
  • Scuba Diving (nearby)
  • Surfing nearby
  • Walking - Hillwalking (recommended routes or guides available)
  • Water Sports
  • Breaks - Short
  • Breaks - Special Interest
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Budget Accommodation (under €100 for two)
  • Children's Baby Sitting Arranged
  • Family Friendly
  • Heli-Pad
  • Location - Beach on site
  • Location - By the sea
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Scenic
  • Location - Waterside
  • No Smoking Establishment
  • Outdoor Dining Avail. (summer)
  • Romantic Venue
  • Smoking Area
  • Wedding Venue
  • Contemporary International
  • European Classic
  • Seafood
  • Al Fresco
  • Atmospheric
  • Attractive Views
  • Breakfast Venue
  • Budget Meals (€21-35/£14-23 pp 3-courses, not inc. dr
  • Cocktails
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Early Bird / Value Menu Available
  • Extensive Wine List
  • Formal
  • MSG Free
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Pub Grub
  • Sunday Dining
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)
  • Vegetarian Menu

The Smugglers Inn

Lucille and Henry Hunt’s famous clifftop inn enjoys a remarkable location right beside the world famous championship Waterville Golf Links. Gradual refurbishment of the premises has seen big improvements over the last few years; most recently the whole frontage has been upgraded and, together with colourful window boxes, it makes a welcoming first impression.


This is an attractive place for an informal meal in the comfortable bar or, in fine sunny weather, at garden tables that overlook a mile of sandy beach to the sea and mountains beyond. The popular restaurant is in a large conservatory dining area which is shaded to prevent glare, and has magnificent views of the golf links and clubhouse, Ballinskelligs Bay and the McGillycuddy Reeks.


Henry Hunt is a talented and dedicated chef, and local ingredients star in cooking which has a classical foundation, but includes modern international dishes too, most noticeably on the bar /early evening menu.


Although there are plenty of other choices, including Kerry lamb and beef and some good vegetarian dishes, local seafood is the speciality here and Henry is committed to using sustainably sourced fish and seafood.


Lunch is served every day (the set lunch menu is good value, as is the early dinner), and bar snacks are available throughout the day, making this an ideal place to take a break when on the Ring of Kerry - although a phone call to check availability of food is advisable.


Restaurant/Bar Seats 90. Restaurant: L 12-3, D 6-9.30; bar food 12-8.30, (snack menu only 3-6 pm). Set Sun L €25. Early D €25 (6-7pm). Set D €41.95, also à la carte; house wine €18.50.


Children welcome before 8pm (high chair; children's menu); air conditioning. NB - Minimum credit card transaction is €50.


Accommodation is also offered, in pleasant rooms which have all been recently redecorated; they vary in size, outlook and facilities (one has a balcony) and price, but all are comfortably furnished in a homely style. There’s a large first-floor residents’ sitting room with sofas and armchairs, books, television - and magnificent sea views.

Rooms 13 (9 shower only, 1 family, all no smoking); B&B €40-50 pps, ss €30. Children welcome (under 4s free in parents' room, cots available without charge); free broadband wi/fi; no pets. Garden, walking, fishing. Closed 7 Jan-2 Apr & 22-28 Dec. Amex, Diners, MasterCard, Visa, Laser abbreviations
Last Updated: 13-07-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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Before village of Waterville, on coast road next to Waterville Golf Links.

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Comments

19th March 2014
Ken Cusack
Thanks to viewing this guide, I now know where to dine when in Waterville as our last experience in the town was not a good one.I will be there this August Bank Holiday and look forward to dining here and will leave a commen thent.Ken Cusack

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