I honestly think some people completely miss the point about places like the Ship, especially when they complain about things not being perfect, floor boards creaking, table surfaces slightly wonky etc.
Following an incredible drive down on friday night through the thickest mist I've ever witnessed in the UK and a near miss with a local family of Deer near Dunwich we collapsed into the cosiest country-pub atmosphere you could imagine. A few people sat at tables, a roaring fire, friendly barman and local ales on tap. Nothing could have been more welcoming or relaxing. The fact that we hadn't even seen what the local countryside looked like couldn't have mattered less as on checking into our room at the rear of the building (facing their orchard garden) we would have been perfectly happy spending the entire weekend inside! Charming decor, cosy lighting, beautifully finished in a country style and the best smelling room I can remember! Bathroom was brilliant - heated tiles & towel rails, big bath & shower head and an ingenius heated panel within the bathroom mirror to prevent it steaming up after your shower! Attention to detail has obviously been important throughout the Ship.
On the Saturday we explored the local area by foot and came back to a packed bar and dining area. We didn't mind propping up the bar drinking French red and observing the locals, and when a table did become free the management were the first to grab it for us. Great food with an emphasis on local produce which was nice, especially the sausages at breakfast which were awesome!
Would gladly recommend the Ship to anyone looking to get away to the country for a cosy break where you can be left alone or quite happily strike up conversation with locals all night. Apparently there's some fantastic bird watching on the doorstep of the Ship, but we mist that.......
- 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