The Ship Inn
It might strike you as a strange name for a pub in mid Glamorgan miles from the sea The name has only a oblique nautical reference and I am not sure that it is true. In the past Farming used to be the mainstay of the local community, then an increasing emphasis was laid on mining development in small level pits There were many of them and among them were the 'Duffryn Dowlais' and 'The Ship' the Duffryn Dowlais was the old name of the present pub. Both names were names of the small collieries in the area and the only connection with the sea is said that 'The Ship' colliery produced high quality anthracite coal which was used by ships of the Royal Navy. But maybe that's just a pub story !
The ship has, as many pubs , suffered modernisation over the years for example there was an excellent skittles alley which has been converted into a bar long and thin It is now generally populated by people who appear just marginally over the legal age for drinking alcohol - nothing wrong with that of course ! But for me the music being played in the skittles bar is far too loud for me ( conceivably because I am well over the legal drinking age) I drink in the bar where there is a complete spectrum of ages and relatively music free. The beer generally is priced at the higher end of the average in this area . For example Stella is £3 a pint. The pub makes up for this by having a cosy atmosphere and the fact that a new extension has been built as a restaurant so that one can have a drink in a pub atmosphere after a meal.
I have not sampled the food but the restaurant is quite popular which suggests that the menu is to be recommended. There is a large car park but be warned The traffic police are quite active in this area.
Friendly local with good food and ale.
Specials always a good option.
I'm still a little undecided on The Ship. I didn't find it as instantly welcoming as The Crown (at the top of the same hill), but the surroundings were very nice. There's a lot of roadworks going on at the front of the pub whilst the new Church Village Bypass is being built so hopefully when the new road is built this will attract more custom for them.
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