Hop aboard the famous sea tractor from Bigbury Beach to Burgh Island and you’ll find yourself just outside The Pilchard Inn. This historic inn has served visitors to the island for more than 700 years, and it’s easy to imagine the days when smugglers roamed in and out and it served the local fishermen who called the island home.
Anyway, the outside seating means today’s visitors can sit back and watch the tide come and go over a plate of oysters, and on chillier days the roaring log fire makes it easy to relax and while away the hours until the sea tractor takes you back to the mainland. Burgh Island was a favourite haunt of Agatha Christie’s, and she wrote some of her most famous works during her visits with good friend Noel Coward (have you noticed how And Then There Were None is set on a tidal island?).
The Pilchard Inn serves up hot and cold food inspired by the seasons, and like most of the area’s eateries it relies on local producers wherever possible. The inn may be one of the county’s most famous, but you can expect a warm welcome and a setting you’ll never forget.