The Ship was once a traditional old mans pub which was taken over a few years ago changed into a bar/restaurant by the current owner, very succesfully.
The entrance is very deceptive with only about 6 foot of frontage onto the main road making the place look tiny from the outside. However the door opens onto the bar area which is very traditional and well stocked with a real coal fire. This area can be quite busy since the bar is very popular with regulars.
Food is served to the rear of the bar with a seperate dining room as well. I have eat in The Ship many many times and I have never been disppointed. The chef, Pat, cooks all the food from scratch so he knows all the ingredients, excellent for anyone in your party with a food intolerance. The prices are very reasonable with many "bar bowl" deals on the go as well.
The range of drinks on offer is as large and comprehensive as you would find in any City bar but with small town prices.
Music is played from the bar "sound system" with live entertainment on offer a few evenings a month at weekends. There is also Sunday quiz night, too hard for me.
Because of the building layout you may not be as detached from patrons enjoying a drink when you are dining as you may like. Even when in the dining room "smokers" often walk past on their way to the external smoking area. I only felt the need to mention this so as to keep the whole review as objective as possible. The Ship attracts a mature clientelle since there isn't a pool table or juke box therefore unacceptable behaviour or language is rarely seen or heard. Families are very welcome.
I have eat in many bars and restaurants around the country at all price brackets and this place is still one of my faves. Excellent food, beer and value for money.
So with this inn building dating back to 1668, I had expected an olde world pub.
Taken aback as I walked in by the white linen table cloths and zebra print wallpaper, I didn't quite know what to think.
I feel like I've kinda spoilt the surprise now, so if you're bringing someone, don't tell them and let them experience the confusion I felt.
Anyway, the staff were very welcoming and we sat down to choose our food.
My Sister & I went for the 2 course £12 option (at time of writing). We shared starters of haddock fishcake in a crispy batter & fried camembert with cranberry.
For the main, Sis had haddock (again) in a cream & chive sauce and I enjoyed steak pie & chips.
Niece and nephew both went for a starter as a main and dessert combo. Cullen skink with crusty bread followed by sticky toffee pudding.
Everyone delighted with the food and all in less than £50 including drinks.
Will no doubt be back sometime.
Lovely pub, friendly staff. The food is lovely and they do really good food deals. There is a nice fire which is lit in the winter. The only draw back is sometimes in the eveningyou feel like all the locals are staring at you as if to say 'get out!'
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