Stayed here for 3 nights whilst birding at Minsmere RSPB reserve just down the road. Lovely peaceful hamlet very close to the sea and glorious Dunwich Heath, superb for dog owners, walkers and birders. Very friendly greeting as were all conversations with staff. Lovely spacious bedroom with white decor and linen. Our friend had a smaller double room but also spoke highly of it, especially the cleanliness. Extremely comfy beds.
The food was excellent with a wide range of choices available at a range of prices from pub grub to confit of duck. We ate fish and chips, duck, wonderful sea bass with local asparagus and wild garlic, belly pork, ham egg and chips and fish pie all of which were thoroughly enjoyed. Breakfasts provided a wide range of choice and arrived quickly, the local bacon and sausages were excellent. The wine list was pricey but included some interesting possibilities, and the Adnams beers highly praised by everyone.
We were fortunate with the weather which improved each day providing opportunities to walk on the beach and visit Southwold in warm sunshine.
The birds were stunning we saw 78 species in 2 days including incredible views of bitterns flying, marsh harriers, hobby and our first ever sightings of 3 Dartford warblers on the heath!
We hope to return soon if we can ever get in again following BBC Springwatch starting soon.
- 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