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“Not so hidden gem”
Review of The Ship Inn

The Ship Inn
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Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 23 December 2013

We've enjoyed visits to The Ship Inn over a number of years, making a beeline for it when we have our annual Northumberland winter holiday. The beer, made in the adjoining micro brewery, is always really good and welcome at the end of a long walk on the beach (or even the walk down the hill from the village's public car park). We booked for dinner this year although the inn wasn't too busy on the evening we were there. Well behaved children and dogs welcomed, but credit/debit cards not - be sure to take cash/cheque book.
The local smoked fish pate was great as a starter, fresh fish for the main course was enthusiastically promoted by the chef/waiter with good reason - it was very delicious - clean plates all round!
The Inn really feels like a trip back in time, the owner is regularly in the bar and more than happy to chat. A friendly little place, almost like being a visitor in a friend's house. Can get a bit frantic when full (in summer/weekends).
Toilets could do with some attention though - clean but freezing cold and needing a refit (although I suppose it adds to the atmosphere?!)

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Thank Doolaah
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

This pub is popular with walkers and is very nice. We had been for a walk and rather than wanting alcohol we were dying for a coffee - they have a great coffee machine and at reasonable prices. Good spot to get some refreshments

Thank didajolu
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

The Ship is something of a hidden gem. Right in the beach, at the end of a no through road, with just a small cluster of houses around it, it should really struggle to survive in the current climate when so many pubs are closing.

That it is still there and apparently thriving is something to celebrate and is due in our view to its clear focus on what it can do well, and what to leave alone.

So do not expect a fancy menu - it's basic. Various sandwiches and toasties make up the majority of items. Don't expect plush carpets. And the wine list is probably nothing to get excited about.

However - the sandwiches are very good indeed. The beer (it's a micro brewery) is excellent. And the prices reflect the no frills approach. Service is friendly and swift. All are welcome (dogs, children, muddy boots and wet gear from the beach), the tables are constantly full, the fire keeps out the chill... It's a casual, welcoming, unpretentious pub and has no delusions that it is anything else.

As a result, it's a rare find. Take a walk on the beach to Dunstanburgh Castle or over the fields and then the beach to Beadnell, and blow away a few cobwebs.

Go there.

Thank Wags51
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

Having, perhaps, enjoyed a walk on the beach or to the bird reserve (access tucked away behind village) then head for the village - 'U' shaped sweep of once fisherman's cottages around a small green - and The Ship (tucked in one corner) - has it's own micro brewery attached - Inn can get very busy!

We called in late lunchtime to a friendly welcome and a 'no problem' to a last minute request for something to eat. Decided on crab sandwiches that were excellent and a couple of good coffees (driving!?) both at value for money prices. Loads of atmosphere and a smashing setting - what else could you ask for? --- Recommended.

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1  Thank V E D
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

Popped in for lunch today. The coke was from a mixing machine and tasted awful, the ham sandwich was 95% bread, 4% salad and1% of tasteless ham.

Based on other reviews, expected a reasonable experience, sadly it was anything but. Won't be rushing back.

The location is lovely, the pub is nice however, it could be fantastic

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5  Thank Tendele
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