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The Ship Inn, Minehead

High Street
Porlock
Postal town: Minehead
TA24 8QD
Phone: 01643862507
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Delboy 20 left this review about The Ship Inn

Classic village pub which was busy when we called. We found a table and found a handy drinks menu on it - very useful in these days of "table service only"! A good selection of beers with Exmoor Ale, Exmoor Beast, Bath Gem, Otter Amber, Tribute, Proper Job and Cotleigh Barn Owl available. I tried the Barn Owl and the Beast which were both fine. I would happily call again.

On 20th October 2020 - no rating submitted
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Ship Inn

Stunning multi roomed C13th thatched pub.

Food is simple but well done and keenly priced.

Lovely little bar area for the drinkers. Five real ales on - Tribute, Otter Amber and Dark, Exmoor Ales and Beast. The beast made me laugh - 6.6% and if you order it, they disappear into the cellar for collection. Presumably its no allowed out with the others.

Throw in the wonderful log burners and you have my definition of a great pub.

Visit blogged at http://bit.ly/2mKRVi7

On 21st March 2017 - rating: 10
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John Bonser left this review about The Ship Inn

At the eastern end of picturesque Porlock’s narrow and winding High Street is The Ship Inn, an attractive looking 13th Century whitewashed building with a thatched roof and a tall typical central chimney on the pavement side of the sloping roof. The pub is mentioned in the book, Lorna Doone.

The porched entrance is covered with creepers and, as we climb up several stone steps, we see a large notice telling us that “Royston and Caroline welcome you to The Top Ship – the only independent freehold in the village”

The pub is known locally as The Top Ship, to distinguish it from The Ship in Porlock Weir down by the harbour which, not surprisingly, is known as The Bottom Ship. If you’ve walked down the hill to The Bottom Ship and back up again ( as I did ), you will appreciate the appropriateness of these two adjectives.

The small public bar is on the left and features a small old curved bar counter, low dark beams, fixed bench seating , a splendid inglenook fireplace and a tiled floor. On the walls are a number of photos of the pub cricket team and, unusually, three large Hobgoblin posters. This is very much a locals bar with seats and space, seemingly, at a premium.

On the right hand side is a much larger more comfortable room, part carpeted, which is largely used for dining, although there are several cosy seats within the chimney alcove ( mind your head !) known as Southey’s Corner, named after a poet who wrote a sonnet here. This room contains a number of old photos of the pub, including one dating back to the 1860’s showing a stagecoach stopping outside the pub. In a small corner are some old military helmets and a framed German military uniform apparently worn by an extra in The Great Escape film. There’s also some Guinness / Toucan posters which don’t seem to fit in very well. Seating is largely arranged to accommodate diners, but it’s still a room of some character and no little interest. Down the far end is a flat screen TV, but I suspect that it’s only used on special occasions.

An annexe at the back houses a separate games room, including a skittles alley. Outside toilets in the yard depict Popeye and Olive Oyl.

Beers on were 3 Exmoor beers ( including Beast ), St Austells Proper Job, Otter Bitter plus Quantock Ale – the latter being from a brewery not encountered before. No Hobgoblin beers were on.

The pub is in the CAMRA Good Beer Guides for 2011 and 2012.

Worth seeking out if in the area

On 17th October 2011 - rating: 8
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21st Oct 2020, 13:19
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21st Oct 2020, 13:19
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 18 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 18 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 18 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - One free pint with every main meal, 1st September to Easter only - last updated 18 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 18 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 18 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 18 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : No last updated 18 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 18 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 18 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 18 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 18 April 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 18 April 2017 by ROB Camra
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