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The Ship Inn, Exeter

Martins Lane
Phone: 01392272040

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Greene King

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Graham Coombs left this review about The Ship Inn

A very old pub with historic features at the front but if you go further back you find concrete beams with bits of timber attached, and could be almost anywhere. The overall effect is not unpleasant though, with various pillars and walls breaking up the space. A fair range of beers (Cask Marque listed) alongside the predictable IPA and Abbot, including Exeter, Otter and Black Sheep examples.

On 15th October 2018 - rating: 7
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E TA left this review about The Ship Inn

An historic town centre 16th Century pub spread over two floors down a narrow shopping street, currently run by GK. It is well described below. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, while the clientele consisted of shoppers with their unruly children, one or two ale drinkers and some confused German tourists. Three ales on, all from GK, plus 5 boxed ciders. I had a pint of Back Of The Net, which was a reasonable pint. Given its location and the fact that it's a GK pub, it's not bad, and I'd b happy to come back in future.

On 9th September 2016 - rating: 6
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john gray left this review about The Ship Inn

Very nicely decorated nautical themed pub.Very busy with diners on my lunchtime visit.Doombar,Hooky bitter,GK -ipa and GK -Carnival.

On 25th August 2014 - rating: 7
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Ship Inn

An old and historic looking pub just off of the Cathedral Green, it’s a large pub covering two floors and seems popular with a younger crowd late on in the evening with a DJ playing music and bouncers on the door. It’s not exclusively aimed at that market however, and I suspect it may have a quite different feel at other times.

The downstairs bar has sanded boards on the floor at the front and flagstones at the rear. There was plenty of wood partitioning around and the colour scheme was a khaki green. As there was no seating here we ventured upstairs where there are a further two rooms. This is perhaps slightly more intended for dining with menus on all the tables, but did not appear exclusively so. Décor wise these are fairly similar with leaded windows and copious wood panelling on the walls, presumably to resemble a ship’s cabin. To reinforce it’s nautical credentials, a ship’s rope was strung along the balustrade and wrapped around a pillar.

The menu offered a fairly standard selection of pub grub such as Sausage & Mash, Pie, Lasagne, Fish & Chips, etc., as well as other sections covering burgers, grills and salads. Most of the main courses were somewhere around £5 - £7, although as we didn’t eat I cannot comment on the quality.

Beers on tap were Greene King IPA, Greene King Carnival, Black Sheep Velo and Abbott Ale. I think there may also have been something else, unfortunately my notes appear indecipherable. Ciders were Blackthorn, Thatcher’s Gold, and both Strawberry and Apples & Pears from Lilleys.

On 5th August 2014 - rating: 6
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BobOs . left this review about The Ship Inn

From the outside it looks really promising, shame about the inside. Shame too about the huge sour-faced barman with matching demeanour who spent most of the time we were in there bemoaning how busy he was, while allowing glasses and bottles to mount up on every table simply because the area of the bar reserved for dirties was stacked about a foot high with absolute shed-loads of dirty dinner plates. Only saving grace of the place was the pleasant young barmaid and the beers (Abbot Reserve, Abbot Ale, Otter Ale and Old Speckled Hen) - so not a complete waste of a visit! Well below average.

On 16th July 2011 - rating: 3
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