RUMOURS of smugglers roaming secret tunnels and a devastating fire provide a stark contrast to the relaxed and charming family establishment the Peterboat in Old Leigh is now.

The quaint pub is nestled along the sea wall in the High Street and provides a warmand inviting atmosphere, varied menus and stunning views of the seafront from its bar area.

Locals and tourists are attracted to the pub because of its views and the family-run pub certainly lives up to its charming reputation.

Over the years, many changes have been made to the building, which dates back to beyond the 1700s including an extension of the bar area, as these pictures taken in years gone by, given to the pub by previous residents, show.

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