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The Ship Ashore, Willen, Milton Keynes

Granville Square
Willen
Milton Keynes
MK15 9JL
Phone: 01908694360
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Ember Inns (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Reviews of The Ship Ashore (Average Rating: 6 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

Gill Smith left this review about The Ship Ashore

Called in here at the start of our trip to pubs in Buckinghamshire around the Milton Keynes area, and found this Ember Inn a little disappointing in beer choice as the lines were being cleaned at lunchtime Saturday so the ale choice was restricted to Landlord Pedigree and London Pride. Chose he Landlord which was ok. The pub is listed in the 2019 Good Beer Guide.

On 18th November 2018 - rating: 5
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Ship Ashore

As Steve has mentioned below, this is a new(ish), purpose built pub in a somewhat uninspiring location next to a Chinese takeaway and a mini-supermarket, so expectations are not too high. Once inside though, it’s clean and up together and perhaps recently refurbished, although it does follow the somewhat formulaic approach favoured by many other chain pubs and consequently has little in the way of individuality or character. It was however quite busy even at 6:00pm on a mid-week evening with a mix of after work drinkers and diners who were perhaps taking advantage of the Thursday “Grill Night” deal.

It’s a good sized pub, split in to several different areas, but all flowing from one to another. Although food is clearly quite a major focus here, drinkers are not overlooked and there are areas that looked to be more intended for drinking than dining including an unusual high bench seat next to the bar counter. Flooring is the usual mixture of sanded boards, tiling and carpet whilst the paintwork was predominantly either cream, or burnt orange. A number of fire places were a prominent feature being free standing in the centre of the room and thus gave heat off in two directions. Some had large copper metalwork attached and they appeared to use real logs which is something of a rarity in such establishments. A smaller room off to one side had something of a conservatory feel to it with venetian blinds on the floor to ceiling windows and a couple of bookshelves in the corner.

Food wise, the menu offered an extensive choice and there should be something to suit most tastes with the prices for the main courses somewhere around the £8 - £10 mark, although many are also available as a “2 courses for £9.95” deal. My Fish Pie was a decent and tasty dish with a selection of different fish and a cheesy mash topping. The “buttered mixed green vegetables” that came with it though were abysmal – no discernable butter and the vegetables consisted of some soggy cabbage, six small and shrivelled green beans and a handful of peas. This really let the meal down and is something that should be so simple to get right.

Beer choice was extensive as tends to be the case with Ember Inns and tasting notes were provided on the tables. On this occasion the range consisted of Greene King IPA, Hop Back Winter Lightning, Ubu Purity, Adnams Explorer, Kirkstall Dissolution IPA, Saddle Black and Red Squirrel’s Scottish Ale. Ciders were somewhat disappointing after such a good range of beers with just Strongbow and Aspall’s Suffolk. Why a pub that seems to take it’s beer so seriously should just offer a couple of cloyingly sweet, bland artificial ciders is somewhat beyond me.

On 7th February 2014 - rating: 7
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Ship Ashore

The Ship Ashore is a fairly formulaic Ember Inns offering, but in the good pub desert that is Milton Keynes that actually makes it not a bad pub. At least it has a decent real ale offering and the food is the usually reliable Ember Inns fare.
It doesn’t look too promising when you approach as it is part of the Willen Estate shopping area and externally just looks like the rest of the non descript brick buildings which make up this sole less amenities area to service the patrons of Willen.
But fortunately, once inside, it’s the usual clean comfortable decor of the Ember Inns chain. When you enter there is a dedicated dining area to the left and then the front and right sections have plenty of comfortable seating and the area in front of the main bar is big enough for vertical drinking. The bar is in two sections with three hand pumps on the smaller left hand section and then five on the main bar.
TT Landlord, Adnams Broadside and Marstons EPA seem to be the usual house ales as they have been on during my recent visits and these were supplemented by Hook Norton Old Hookey and Speculation from the Freeminer Brewery in the New Forest.
I only visit for a quick one after work when I tend to get served fairly quickly and I’ve always had a well kept pint of EPA.

On 25th June 2011 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Milton Keynes Central, 3.14 miles, 1 hr 0 min walk (show)
Wolverton, 3.68 miles, 1 hr 11 min walk (show)
Bow Brickhill, 5.39 miles, 1 hr 43 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Ship Ashore, Milton Keynes
18th Nov 2018, 09:05
Review submitted by Gill Smith
 
7th Feb 2014, 08:15
Review submitted by Blackthorn _

Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 20p per pint - last updated 16 March 2015 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 18 March 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 March 2014 by Blackthorn _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : No last updated 18 March 2014 by Blackthorn _
Opening Hours
Sunday10am - 11pm
Monday11:30am - 11pm
Tuesday11:30am - 11pm
Wednesday11:30am - 11pm
Thursday11:30am - 11pm
Friday11:30am - Midnight
Saturday10am - 11:45pm
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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Last inspected: January 23rd 2018
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