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The Ship Inn, Gillingham

West Stour
West Stour
Postal town: Gillingham
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E TA left this review about The Ship Inn

Very well described by Trainman, this roadside pub is welcoming and provides much needed relief when driving down the A30. There were rather too many children off their leads, while the dog population was very well behaved. Otherwise it was relatively relaxing. Only one ale on, Jurassic from DBC, which was in good condition. I'd be very happy to come back anytime.

On 27th October 2017 - rating: 7
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train man left this review about The Ship Inn

Ringwood Best, St Austell Tribute, Cheddar Ales ‘Gorge Best' (haha), policy is to rotate the beers but mainly avoiding heavy abvs, which is probably why they're not quite up Rd's street. Left from entrance to wood-floored bar ‘ante' room, with blackboards announcing daily specials which lean toward fish dishes, then to the bar proper with heavy stone slab floor and welcoming wood-burning fire. Short bar has a handful of barstools & the room a variety of tables (x4), a bay window settle, some Ringwood breweriana, a plasma above fireplace (dunno if reception is better than in bedroom?). The music was just marginally too loud, given the demographic in the bar, but that observation probably just reflects my view on the talentless Jay Kay, who inveigled his way in for a while. To the right of the entrance is a sequence of 3 open rooms, ostensibly for dining, which could cater for 40 covers at solid pine tables (in 2s,4s,6s). Wood floored, then carpetted, the mid-room is also the breakfast room where a large cow looks down from her photo positioned above a pine sideboard & a smaller pair, in caricature, do likewise, there is also a framed page of the ‘Salisbury & Winchester Journal', 5Apr1830. The rear (rt) room is down a coupla steps thru an old timber doorway & has a beamed ceiling. As well as the specials (& chalkboard desserts), a printed menu offers additional choices including other mains, various sarnies & ploughmans, & a 3-course lunch for £13, currently extended to evenings Mon-Thurs, eg salmon goujons wi tartare dip, belly pork on dressed leaves, apple pie & ice cream. We stayed overnight (2 pers b&b £75), had a nice large room (#5) with view beyond adjacent road to nice rolling countryside. Didn't go out the back, but from upper landing spotted a paved & walled garden with picnic sets, a couple under tented awning, and an old tin pub sign now on the rear wall. Guvnor of 5 years, Gavin, is very polite & cheery, & also rustles up a decent breakfast.

On 14th October 2009 - no rating submitted
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Gillingham (Dorset), 3.38 miles, 1 hr 5 min walk (show)
Templecombe, 6.22 miles, 2 hr 0 min walk (show)
Bruton, 11.65 miles, 3 hr 44 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Ship Inn, West Stour
27th Oct 2017, 06:16
Review submitted by E TA
20th Oct 2015, 17:19
Pub map correction submitted by Jonathan Wilde approved

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 19 February 2010 by hondo .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 19 February 2010 by hondo .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 19 February 2010 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 19 February 2010 by hondo .
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