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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

100% the BEST Sunday roast around! We're local and like to try out all the local roasts and this one is the bees knees! Always an excellent veggie option too. The cauliflower cheese blew our minds 😄 Great service and no 'is everything ok with...your food?' as you're mid-mouthful' - perfect for us. Thank you, we will be back 😀More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked at short notice for 4 persons, not a problem. Food excellent, service with a smile, will deffo visit again. From South Wales

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 27 January 2024

Went for a family birthday meal. All of our meals were really nice and the pub had a happy and welcoming atmosphere. I had a beautiful quality steak cooked to absolute perfection with a lovely peppercorn sauce. However, despite everyone's meals being really good, the...service was not at all of the same standard as the food, which really did affect our experience. Our sitting was quite early and staff were not busy, yet we had to keep getting up from the table to ask if we wanted anything like drinks. Apart from taking the order and when the food came out, we felt absolutely invisible and this was really awkward. The Chef deserves much better front of house to do their food justice, which can of course be achieved with training.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 18 December 2023 via mobile

I recently went to The Ship for a pre-booked Christmas meal with friends. Before we booked the venue I contacted them to ask for a gluten free menu, and got back an annotated version of their Christmas menu - perfect! Another one of our party...also did this as she had a second dietary requirement on top of needing GF, and our party organiser had also, unbeknownst to me, asked too. From seeing all 3 versions with the same things annotated as being suitable for me, I pre-ordered the fish pie (as did the other GF person in our party, although she was unable to attend on the night) and spent the next 2 weeks looking forward to it, with the scallops, prawns etc that made it sound special. However, on arrival I was told that the dish I’d pre-ordered 2 weeks before, having been told 3 times it was available gluten free, couldn’t be made gluten free after all. I was absolutely gutted - surely it’s only the sauce that needed to be made with GF flour, or cornflour - why couldn’t this have been done as standard for all fish pies? Why wasn’t I told when booking and paying my deposit that they’d made an error and couldn’t (wouldn’t) do it? Why wait 2 weeks until I actually arrived? Reluctantly I swapped to turkey, which was “GF without the stuffing”. It then arrived with stuffing, which I queried, to be told “the stuffing in the turkey is ok but not the stuffing on the side”. I wasn’t filled with confidence but thankfully wasn’t ill so it must have been fine, just not clearly explained. It was OK: the stuffing didn’t taste of anything, the gravy was watery Bisto-style (for the whole table) and having the vegetables all mixed in together wasn’t ideal as it was hard to avoid veg we didn’t like (e.g. sprouts). We also had to ask for extra veg as they only brought out 2 small bowls for 9 of us. The large pig in blanket was the saving grace and best part of the meal. I don’t think I’ll be rushing back for the food, however the service was good as they gave me my main free of charge because of their error (I didn’t ask them to do this) hence giving 3 stars rather than lower.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2023 via mobile

Our family lunch of 15 at The Ship Inn at brimscombe was absolutely fab. Everything....food, service, venue, the team was perfect, we all had a lovely time. It's our go to place in Stroud, whenever we want food or just meet up for drinks. Very...innovative way of running a pub/catering business. Thanks for all your help and sorting the balloons and our family photo out for us... just brilliant,👍More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 19 August 2023

Visited the ship for dinner with my family this evening. We had an absolutely amazing time!! The food was delicious and the service was amazing

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 4 July 2023

We have visited the ship twice on a Sunday evening. Only to be told abruptly that the bar is closing at 20.00 and we can’t serve you. On the first occasion it was only 19.10. If this was the advertised closing time I would still...expect to be informed in a more courteous manner. As you can see on this website the closing time is clearly advertised as 22.00. I advise calling prior to visiting to check they don’t feel like closing early.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Wesley Birch, Owner at The Ship Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2023

Hi Andyandi, I’m sorry for the confusion. We changed our closing time at the start of the year and I’ve now updated our website. However, despite the times advertised, we reserve the right to close earlier at our discretion. It’s incredibly expensive to keep the...More

Reviewed 18 June 2023

The ship is absolutely faultless. From walking in you are met with courteous staff and taken to your table. The atmosphere is amazing and the roast was to die for. Mum had lamb, Dad had beef and I had beef and pork. We came here...for Father’s Day and it certainly didn’t disappointment. We left with full bellies. Will be back soon. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 30 April 2023

I’ve eaten a lot of roast dinners in my time; and cooked a lot! This roast was everything you wish you’d cooked at home and more! Sublime. Amazing value and cauliflower cheese, veg, boat of gravy. All complimentary! Zara was our waitress and was so...knowledgable and simultaneously hilarious.? Just sublime. Brilliant cooking….More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 7 April 2023

You know you’re in safe hands when you walk in and the bar and seating area outside are healthily busy with customers. Booking a spot for dinner here needs to be done a good week or more in advance. There’s a reason for that -...it’s simply excellent in terms of quality, value and the whole experience. From the moment you walk in, it’s slick - staff are clearly well trained and the owner keeps a weathered but discreet eye on proceedings. Drinks order was a breeze resulting in a very quaffable bottle of Viognier for 25 quid. The food order was equally straightforward, although we weren’t aware of any specials (not a problem). Some of the best homemade focaccia I have tasted in a long time, (which goes even better with the house chilli jam) Gordal olives that melt in the mouth and a burrata and njuda pairing that leaves you wanting more. My son’s fish was chunky (like the chips) and so brilliantly white fresh when cooked, with the lightest of batters. My wife’s chicken burger came with a perfectly balanced red onion relish and slaw. The diary free and gluten free double whammy did not faze front of house or kitchen either - we were dealing with solid professionalism here and people who can cook very well. My own chicken supreme on a bed of mushroom risotto was delicious. Care had been taken to present a clean on the bone supreme. The risotto was creamy with a hint of fresh chilli. All perfectly seasoned. Even though I knew my son would go for the Winstone’s chocolate ice cream, a quick scan of the menu again suggested that next time (and there will be a next time - plenty of them subject to time and wallet) I may like to go for the raspberry cheesecake or chocolate & orange torte. I will have a go at some point! 2 starters, 3 mains, 1 bottle of Viognier, 2 apple juices, 1 bottle of sparkling water, 1 ice cream, 1 Earl Grey tea and a double shot of proper expresso saw me very willingly part with £109.80. I chose to give a 15% tip in addition, having thoroughly enjoyed both the rare family meal out on a Good Friday and the quiet confidence of this professional team. I’ve eaten Wes Birch’s food before, both in The Ship and elsewhere. He and his team are on point here and deserve recognition for their impressive pub offering. There was no hint of rising food or energy prices holding this establishment back - the place was full apart from 3 tables of 2 when we left two and a half hours later. A gentle hum of activity told me that this was business as usual. The Ship was ship-shape! This team respects the customer, executes good pub grub consistently well across a range of dishes and clearly manages its costs well as the most expensive main course was a very reasonable £19. They are still making a decent profit and will benefit from repeat custom, both local and visitors alike (the table next to us was an Anglo/US mix. The other was occupied by a young Polish/Anglo family). Lots of people enjoying time being together over Easter, as it should be. The Ship offered that convivial atmosphere to complement those gatherings. I wish Wes, his family and wider team much success after their first 2 years in situ and I sincerely hope they are here to stay. This one is highly recommended - food 9/10; service 10/10, value 9/10.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 22 January 2023 via mobile

This was our second visit to the ship, first time on a Sunday. Food was exactly as good as before, but the place is let down by the service. I am unsure if staff are just not on the ball, or there isn't enough staff,...but we were largely forgotten. This is exactly what happened last time. Really disappointing as the food is so good.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 8 January 2023 via mobile

At long last we visited the ship for a roast dinner after hearing so many amazing reviews. It didn't disappointed. The food was amazing and the services we received from their friendly staff was first class. We will definitely be returning and will be recommending...to friends and family. Thank you for an all-round great experience.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 3 December 2022 via mobile

For our second year,we celebrated our Christmas party with The ship..and once again Wes and his wonderful team did us proud . The location and atmosphere is fantastic, the food as always was perfect, beautifully cooked and great portions.The service was slick and efficient, nothing...was any trouble, as a Care team its the only time we can all get together and relax..and once again you made it memorable and so very special for us all...thank you! A special thanks goes to Jules for organising 30 of us and Tilly for just going above and beyond on the night..and not forgetting the wonderful chef team and waiting staff...see you next year for number 3 But of course see you throughout 2023 for smaller and quieter dining .. Happy Christmas and a wonderful New year to you and your family and all your wonderful team. With love NCL Team xMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 26 November 2022 via mobile

We have been vowing to visit the ship for some time now, based on all the good feedback we’ve heard. We arrived to see the pub had been tastefully modernised from the last time we had visited and were happy with the ambiance - although...this could have been boosted by the candles being lit. The menu was small (which I personally take as a positive as it is generally the sign of a well run kitchen) but the menu covered a good range of items. My only quibble here would be that it may have been nice to have the option of some simple side dishes (which would mean more profit for the restaurant as well.) The food was as anticipated - great quality. We had soufflé and gnocchi starters, pork belly mains and cheesecake + brownie for dessert. The only dish that lacked the wow factor was the brownie which was nice but nothing special; everything else was spectacular. However where we felt the restaurant lacking was in the service - and left us wondering if they were short staffed for the evening. The waitress was friendly but lacked warmth and there was no confirmation of “that’s a good choice” or personal recommendations given when handed menus. 2 of us had the 3 courses and were only finished in 2 hours 40 minutes as we rushed to the bar to pay while still chewing our desserts, before we missed our transport home. We felt like we were forgotten about tucked in the corner and could have just done with a few more checkups and speedier service. I don’t like being rushed and there was nothing horrendous about the service but at the price point I just expected a little bit more and slightly quicker service - but I understand it’s a fine balancing act. It’s the first time I can remember in a very long time that I have chosen not to tip the service but I just feel like we’d not received “an experience” worthy of tipping. We will definitely be back as the food was fantastic, and to give them another try as I’m sure the service was a one off; maybe on a quieter night of the week.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 28 August 2022

Have been several times to the ship. The choice of food has been good every time with the menu not being to large. The service can be a little slow at busy times but that is ok as the food is worth the wait.

Date of visit: May 2022
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