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The Ship Inn

££ - £££, British,
18 Handbridge, Chester CH4 7JE, England
+44 1244 678400
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
18 Handbridge, Chester CH4 7JE, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

we ate here on our first night. The food was poor. My rissoto was dry and tasteless and my husbands thai curry consisted of rice and a few vegetables.. The pub is old and ok for drinks and the staff very nice.

Thank cynthiatelford
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here just for a drink, but after seeing the extensive menu we came back for dinner and were most impressed. Really efficient service, and such delicious fresh food. The cod goujons were so light, crispy and fresh. Highly recommend!

Thank Lauren B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have eaten here a couple of times. Food is of a very good standard, well priced and it’s a very good friendly pub to take your dog along to!

Thank GreenBaySetter
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a place... The atmosphere, the food, the staff and the drinks. Visited here on Saturday and we were not disappointed. 5* food and the restaurant itself is beautiful. Staff were excellent and went above and beyond.

Thank Rebecca C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here before and been impressed. It's a lovely venue. But this time I splashed out on prawn and salmon risotto... Around £13...the portion was really small. I honestly thought they'd brought me a starter in error. Waitress rather odd. Had to eat when...More

Thank Trudy W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first visit to the Ship and I am sure it won’t be the last. Saturday night in Chester can be rowdy and, often, the dining experience is not the best. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals, and the ambience of the upstairs...More

Thank AnneChester
Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Being from Chester but not having lived there for some time, I was looking for somewhere to catch up with family. I remember this place from years ago, but they have done an excellent job renovating and redecorating. Food was excellent; Chester is a very...More

Thank Climber65108
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

My friends were visiting from Brighton and we were looking for a dog friendly place to have a nice roast lunch .... we booked a table . Just got to say , the best food , the best atmosphere , great friendly service and very...More

Thank Craig R
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Good to meet up with family in such a nice atmosphere. The staff are very friendly and the food we had was very good. Would definitely recommend.

Thank Joyce N
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

We were looking for somewhere close to the centre that allowed dogs in to the dining area. A quick search and a phone call and The Ship Inn popped up. Reading the reviews it was obvious this was a place to go for a good...More

Thank C16VEH
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Angela D
1 July 2018|
Response from Nigel D | Reviewed this property |
They're pretty friendly in there - I'm sure if you gave them a call pre booking and asked if they could supply something they would try and help.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, View
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Handbridge, Chester CH4 7JE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cheshire  >  Chester
  • Phone Number: +44 1244 678400
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Surrounded by the historic Chester city wall, with home cooked food and quality Cask ales, The Ship is a family friendly inn that has everything a traditional English pub should have. Our charming pub, restaurant and private dining room are all perfectly situated with views overlooking the idyllic River Dee. These spaces make for the perfect spots to work your way through our impressive food and drink menus. We pride ourselves in our ability to accommodate for all, so whether you’re looking for a quick pit stop whilst enjoying a day exploring the Roman bridges of Chester, a lunch with the family after a leisurely river walk or a quiet weekend drink accompanied with our delicious Sunday Lunch, we will make sure your visit is one to remember. We look forward to welcoming you soon. The Ship Inn team.
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