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The Ship at Dunwich

St. James's Street, Dunwich IP17 3DT England
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Once a haunt of smugglers, The Ship Inn isn't just a great place to eat, drink, relax and get away from it all – we like to think it's also part of a great story. Now a quiet, idyllic village surrounded by nature reserves, heathland and beach, only the romantic ruins of Dunwich monastery remain to hint at the fate of this once thriving medieval port claimed by the waves during a terrible storm. It's said you can still hear the peal of the church bells beneath the waves. While we can't guarantee that, there are certain, more earthly things we're always happy to provide… real ales, real food and a real fire. You will find: a great pub, home-cooked food in our restaurant, a cosy hotel with comfortable, traditionally furnished bedrooms, some with views across the sea or marshes. There is also an enormous garden dotted with fruit trees (including our 300 year old fig tree) and a beach that really is just a couple of minutes walk away. Whether you want to use it as a base to explore this wild and wonderful coastline, enjoy some of the best fish and chips on the Suffolk coast or simply indulge in a pint or two of Adnams, The Ship Inn at Dunwich extends the warmest of welcomes.
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joa3390 wrote a review 5 May
London, United Kingdom10 contributions2 helpful votes
My favourite pub in the area. I visited for drinks a few times last summer and was impressed by how smooth the new remote ordering system was. This time, we ordered food and it was really tasty - can definitely recommend the fish & chips. Look forward to seeing the new garden!
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Date of stay: May 2021
Thomas Mitchell wrote a review Apr 2021
Grantham, United Kingdom11 contributions
While the food was amazing at The Ship the front of house wasn't very good. Upon arrival we requested a table for 5 however were hold we couldn't on the grounds that they were full - at least 3 tables were visibly clear. We finally got a table after waiting 30 mins. As soon as we were set down the service was excellent and food lovely. I would recommend the game pie. Despite this I am convinced that these issues are just teething problems and that because they have only been open a few days they're just sorting everything out. We have already been here and look forward to many more visits.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
GlobeTrotting718295 wrote a review Jan 2021
Norfolk, United Kingdom35 contributions5 helpful votes
2 night Christmas break. We received a warm welcome on Christmas Eve and this continued throughout our stay. Our room was cosy with a lovely view over the marsh. Meals were excellent, served by friendly attentive staff. Will return as soon as we can.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
JulBonc wrote a review Dec 2020
Norwich, United Kingdom16 contributions5 helpful votes
Took advantage of the Festive stay offer, which we found good value for money. Attentive staff, lovely meal and nice atmosphere, even though quiet. We have been coming to The Ship for years but like the most recent changes and will be back next year
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Robert Burling, Guest Services / Front Office at The Ship at Dunwich
Responded 20 Dec 2020
Dear JulBonc, We are so pleased that you enjoyed our Festive stay. Thank you for the lovely review and we are glad you like the recent. We very much look forward to seeing again next year. Take Care
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ange55 wrote a review Dec 2020
Metfield, United Kingdom483 contributions217 helpful votes
Enjoyed lunch in the courtyard , able to socially distance , warm sheepskin covers & patio heaters , excellent game pie , fish pie & fish & chips . Well kept beer , great service , thank you , we’ll be back soon
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Robert Burling, Guest Services / Front Office at The Ship at Dunwich
Responded 20 Dec 2020
Dear ange55 Thank you for such a lovely review on tripadisor. We are glad you took advantage of our newly heated courtyard and enjoyed the food. Please come back soon, All the best
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Ship at Dunwich
Which popular attractions are close to The Ship at Dunwich?
Nearby attractions include Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum Trust (3.1 miles), Southwold Lighthouse (4.1 miles), and RSPB Minsmere (2.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Ship at Dunwich?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Ship at Dunwich?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Ship at Dunwich?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Ship at Dunwich?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sutherland House Restaurant, Gun Hill Beach Kiosk Southwold, and Mrs T's Fish And Chips.
Is The Ship at Dunwich located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the centre of Dunwich.
Are pets allowed at The Ship at Dunwich?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Ship at Dunwich?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to The Ship at Dunwich?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St Edmund's Church (4.0 miles) and St Peter, Wenhaston (4.5 miles).
Does The Ship at Dunwich have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.
Is The Ship at Dunwich accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.