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“Peace and tranquility in rural Suffolk pub” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ship Inn Blaxhall

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Ship Inn Blaxhall
Ranked #1 of 2 Blaxhall B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Kettering, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
73 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Peace and tranquility in rural Suffolk pub”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

We spent a Bank Holiday night here in August. Stayed in one of the chalets behind the main pub. Enjoyed a warm welcome, a comfortable and absolutely silent country night's sleep, a decent evening meal and a fine breakfast (meant to ask where they get their delicious bacon from). The Ship is within easy striking distance of a range of Suffolk delights - Snape Maltings if music and arts are your thing, Minsmere if birds are your thing, Dunwich Heath if walking does it for you, and Sizewell Nuclear Power Station if technology floats your boat - and talking of boats there is Aldeburgh and the whole wonderful Suffolk coastline a few minutes away. Our stay at The Ship Inn was good - next time we go we'll take a dog with us as we seemed to the the only people staying who didn't have at least one pooch in tow!

Room Tip: Chalets 5 - 8 are away from the pub so are likely to be a bit quieter if there is a music night on i...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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AdrianBatstone, Manager at Ship Inn Blaxhall, responded to this review, 5 October 2014
Hello again, thanks for the lovely review. Our bacon is known as 'Rednall bacon' and comes from Pepperells Meats in Harleston, Norfolk. We have been dealing with them for almost 10 years and whilst not the cheapest bar far, the quality of their meat is consistently excellent. As you say, the bacon is second to none! The proprietor is Chris Pepperell and he can be reached on 01379 852590. Kind regards, Adrian.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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179 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

We stayed here this last weekend as we were booked on the Lady Florence boat for a birthday celebration cruise from Orford. The accommodation is in chalets to the side of the pub and the rooms are spacious with a fridge in each which has milk and tea/coffee and a kettle. The only complaint was we would have liked a table and chairs to sit at as we wanted to sit and have a game of cards with friends but when we asked if this would be possible the landlord sent up a table and chairs from the bar. The larger chalets at the top of the hill are more expensive and we had one of those but our friends had a smaller one and they loved it. Our chalet was a little tired but very clean and everything you could wish for and they are painting and refurbishing them.We did not try the food as we were out for a meal on the boat but it looked good and the breakfast in the morning was delicious, fresh tasting and hot with plenty of toast. Our hosts were very pleasant and friendly and we will definitely return and maybe have dinner the next time.

Room Tip: the more expensive chalets are away from the pub so would be quieter and people were siting outside...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Trish B
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AdrianBatstone, Manager at Ship Inn Blaxhall, responded to this review, 5 October 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of your stay at The Ship Inn and for your positive feedback.

You will be pleased to know that we have already started decorating the 'top block', a project that will take several months.

Siggi and I are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back.

Kind regards, Adrian.
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WC1, London
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

I spent two nights at The Ship this weekend with a group of friends who were also in the area for a wedding.

We were absolutely delighted by our stay at The Ship. Our rooms were spacious and comfortable and we could not have had a warmer welcome from the owners Adrian and Siggy. Indeed, when we were unable to get a taxi on the Sunday morning, they very kindly dropped us off at the nearest station - which was hugely appreciated.

The food is excellent and there is a great selection of lagers and real ales. The full English breakfast was precisely what we needed to help get us over our customary post-wedding sore heads!

Thank you very much again - and we will certainly return if in the area.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank DRH_LondonUK
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AdrianBatstone, Manager at Ship Inn Blaxhall, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Hi there, glad to see you all got home safely. It was a pleasure having you all to stay and we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to Suffolk. We loved the 'presentation' on the Georgian drinking vessels and their role in the post wedding toasts - what a brilliant and thoughtful wedding gift. Thank you for all your kind comments, it would be great to see you all again, we do hope that the young lady's leg continues to heal and she fully recovered very quickly. Best wishes, Siggi & Adrian.
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
120 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

Nice to have salmon and prawn salad on the menu in such hot weather. A lovely quaint pub which I hope never changes- friendly and with locals as well as strays like me, travelling through, eager to get a sense of the unspoilt country life.
This pub is well known for its music and obviously with location it is a bit of a drive for many- but an evening here will be a delight.
The range of beers might include more local ones and more local ciders but the food is good and overall worth going out of the way for.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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AdrianBatstone, Manager at Ship Inn Blaxhall, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Hi Rowan, thank you for your positive comments, Siggi and are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope that you will return. Regarding our beers, the Adnams bitter is about as local as we can get being just 8 miles from the Brewery and we try to have regular guest ales from across the county. For example we have Shotts Farm featured next week, Bartrums this week and Hell Hound coming soon along with Growler and Mauldens (all Suffolk), a few weeks ago we had Lacons and I have just connected a firkin of Green Jack's Trawler Boys (fabulous!) We do stray into Norfolk with the delicious Woodfordes Wherry and of course the Humpty Dumpty Ales. Cider wise we have both the Aspall Ciders on draught (Suffolk) and will be featuring Shott's Farm Okey Dokey (fermented in rum casks) next week. So, all in all we are supporting the local manufacturers as best we can, our policy on provender is to always source locally wherever possible. Unfortunately space is limited and we cannot stock as much as we would like, and real ale has a very short shelf life. However we have also started stocking few bottle conditioned speciality ales including Suffolk Strong to offer even more choice. Best wishes Siggi & Adrian
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LEIGHTON BUZZARD
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27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

Have just returned from 4 days here. Was made to feel very welcome by Adrian & Siggy & all the staff.Food was excellent & even sausages/ titbits for Paddy 17yrs. A great atmosphere all round very friendly locals . Our chalet was lovely , fridge was a bonus. A great location as well-- everywhere in easy reach--PERFECT. Will certainly hope to return.Thank you both & canine friends x

Room Tip: superior rooms at top of garden are bigger & away from road
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank mickleightonbuzzard
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AdrianBatstone, Manager at Ship Inn Blaxhall, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Thank you for reviewing your stay at The Ship Inn, and for your kind comments. We really appreciate all customer feedback and use it to make sure we are meeting everyone's expectations. We do hope that you will come and see us again soon. Max & Schnuckle send a doggie 'Hello' to Paddy. Best wishes Adrian.
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cambridge uk
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

Stayed here on a girly weekend and had a very good time. Folk evening at the pub on the Friday with great atmosphere, though you could avoid it by staying in a separate bar. Adrian and Siggy are very friendly and welcoming at this traditional local. Helped me out with a hair dryer and plasters! The accommodation is gradually being upgraded and we stayed in the un-upgraded rooms at the front which were spotlessly clean if essentially basic. The breakfast was good - traditional English - with excellent locally sourced bacon and sausages. In this area £70 per room per night including breakfast is a very good deal. However, the rooms at the front are close to the road, so can be noisy and if you open the window you may just knock over anyone sitting on the picnic bench outside ... Guess the upgraded rooms further back will be more expensive but will be a lot quieter and private.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are much quieter & have been upgraded.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank happytraveller35
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AdrianBatstone, Manager at Ship Inn Blaxhall, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Thank you for your kind comments, they are much appreciated. We too look forward to seeing you back at the ship yet again. Best wishes Siggi & Adrian.
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Suffolk
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17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

Returned to the Ship for the third time to the same warm welcome and ambience as previously enjoyed . No pretentiousness just a good old fashioned pub with a great atmosphere and feel to it . Mine hosts Adrian and Siggy are true publicans in every sense . They know how to run a good honest Inn in a beautifully peaceful setting . Relaxing and welcoming . Good home cooked food puts the icing on the cake and for us personally the presence of canine friends is an absolute joy ! We will be back soon !!
Thank you . X

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank GAPfox
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AdrianBatstone, Manager at Ship Inn Blaxhall, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Thank you for your kind comments, they are much appreciated. We too look forward to seeing you back at the ship yet again. Best wishes Siggi & Adrian.
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Property: Ship Inn Blaxhall
Address: School Road, Blaxhall IP12 2DY, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Blaxhall
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Blaxhall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ship Inn is a traditional country pub with detached accommodation in the beautiful village of Blaxhall, just 2 miles from Snape and 6 miles from the Suffolk heritage coast at Aldeburgh. We offer a real taste of the country with fine homemade food and Real Ales served in our two interconnecting dining areas. Alongside the inn, we offer high quality chalet accommodation complete with a real English breakfast.In easy reach of Aldeburgh, Snape and Woodbridge Traditional interior with exposed beams Detached bed & breakfast accommodation Home-cooked food and authentic Real Ales. Regular live music and events ... more   less 
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