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The Ship

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Bar, British, Pub
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23A High Street, Swanage BH19 2LR, England
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Swanage, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Staff are always polite and professional, meet and greet with a smile. As locals we've eaten in here often and has always been very good. peppercorn sauce is yummy 😋

Thank furbie1973
South UK
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80 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

I visited this pub on Boxing day after a nice walk on the beach. I will start by saying that the pub is welcoming and I found the bar staff friendly and obliging. The atmosphere in the pub was conducive to having a drink with friends. I decided to have a snack rather than a meal and ordered a sausage... More 

Thank cerberusuk
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

very relaxed and chilled, great food and dog friendly . really enjoyed coming to this pub . will return

Thank Copperleafred
Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

We dropped our son off in Bournemouth for a gig and decided to go to swanage for dinner We chose the Ship and we're not disappointed. It's a locals pub but we were still made very welcome. My wife had the fish and chips and I went for the "small" mussels. Both dishes were huge!!! And the mussels were one... More 

Thank Pat M
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

High season prices for poor selection. No real ales, very generic and small selection on tap. Only 2 types of red wine and paid over £7 for medium red wine and pint. Disappointed. Barstaf very friendly guy.

Thank Margriet S
Sutton, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We've drunk in here many times, but have only eaten here twice, the first time for lunch and the second time for dinner. Both times the food was excellent, and portion sizes were generous. It appears to be a family run pub with either children or nephews/nieces of the landlady working behind the bar. Very polite and genuine with it... More 

Thank 4ChordsNoNet
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Day off,brief stop off in Swanage,we just wanted some pub grub and a pint(nothing fancy)so the Ship looked perfect. The bar staff who took our order looked weary which must have been due to the customer at the bar who was using language like "I'm not being racist but.." We know the pub isn't responsible for the customer but we... More 

Thank Tanith N
Chatham, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Popped in after having a browse on the shops. Only had a club sandwich and a childrens fish and chips but was nice. Childrens portions are massive and far too much for a little tummy and axults were a little on the small side but enjoyed regardless.

Thank CaSk88
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Whenever we visit Swanage we make sure we pop into the Ship. The staff are always friendly and helpful, they have a good section of drinks and the food (from their sandwiches to their mains) is great! The atmosphere is good and we are looking forward to visiting again on Saturday :)

Thank JBHertsWare
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Having a weekend break in the area. Popped in for Sunday lunch with my partner and her mother. Roast beef and pork lunches were great value for money. Good selection of ales, very helpful and friendly young man waiting on tables. Can't wait to return next time in the area.

Thank hayesydays

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23A High Street, Swanage BH19 2LR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Isle of Purbeck  >  Swanage
  • Phone Number: 01929423855

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?