We've been coming to the Suffolk coast since the 1970s, usually staying in Walberswick but more recently Aldeburgh, so know the area well, yet had never stayed at The Ship in Dunwich.
We had had lunch at The Ship a couple of times before (excellent) so decided to try it for a one night stop-over to celebrate our wedding anniversary.
We checked if we could bring one of our dogs, which we could - as Dunwich is a particularly dog friendly place.
We arrived for lunch. A very busy pub but served quickly. A bit taken-aback at £29 for two "average" ploughmans and and one and a half pints of Adnums.
We had taken the last room available on the first floor overlooking a rear courtyard which suffered from severe solar gain, being south facing. Rather noisy too, but not a bother for us - it is a pub after all! It was a small room but that was not a problem either. All rather cosy. Sadly, the bathroom was rather grim. The bath had seen better days and the toilet seat was cracked, split and hence rather unhygienic.
Saturday pm. After a wonderful walk along the windswept beach and a stroll through the derelict friary we had dinner in the bar. Fantastic starters, plus fish and chips and 3 pints of Adnums too. How come this came to £35 after such an expensive lunch?
I had a good night's sleep but my wife found the room just too hot for comfort.
Sunday, another brisk and very windy walk on the beach, followed by an excellent English breakfast. Throughout our stay the (young female) staff were simply outstanding. Welcoming, efficient and friendly and constantly made a fuss of our beagle. Service in the bar area was nothing less than excellent.
Bear in mind this is an AA 2 Star establishment - an "inn" not an hotel. Good value. Excellent staff (and I mean really excellent). And (generally) good food and beer too. Cosy.
Our bedroom was very clean but....our bathroom needed an upgrade. The only real "fly in the ointment".
Verdict: Recommended. Hopefully, - as part of a hotel group - the bathroom issue will get attended to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once a haunt of smugglers, The Ship Inn isn't just a great place to eat, drink, relax and get away from it all – we like to think it's also part of a great story. Now a quiet, idyllic village surrounded by nature reserves, heathland and beach, only the romantic ruins of Dunwich monastery remain to hint at the fate of this once thriving medieval port claimed by the waves during a terrible storm. It's said you can still hear the peal of the church bells beneath the waves. While we can't guarantee that, there are certain, more earthly things we're always happy to provide… real ales, real food and a real fire. You will find: a great pub, home-cooked food in our restaurant, a cosy hotel with comfortable, traditionally furnished bedrooms, some with views across the sea or marshes. There is also an enormous garden dotted with fruit trees (including our 300 year old fig tree) and a beach that really is just a couple of minutes walk away. Whether you want to use it as a base to explore this wild and wonderful coastline, enjoy some of the best fish and chips on the Suffolk coast or simply indulge in a pint or two of Adnams, The Ship Inn at Dunwich extends the warmest of welcomes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ship At Dunwich Hotel Dunwich
- The Ship At Dunwich Suffolk