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The Ship Inn, Styal - pub details

Address: Altrincham Road, Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4JE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 25597) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Styal (0.3 miles), Handforth (1.5 miles), Heald Green (1.6 miles)

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Popped in for a cheeky one while walking past. A lot smarter than I remember it the last time I went in. At least 5 ales on, mainly local ones but I went safe I'm afraid to say and had a Black Sheep. Difficult to form an opinion over one pint but seemed a nice enough place.
kip2011 - 1 Jun 2015 10:51
Attempted to call in for the last half hour 22.30 Tues 6th August 2013 to find the car park empty and the front door shut.

The attitude of the staff has been poor recently but not even opening for your advertised hours is appalling.

Give this place a miss until they appoint decent staff!
Crusoe - 6 Aug 2013 23:49
My wife and I visited the nearby National Trust Style Mills on Sunday 30th October 2011.
We decided that we would call for a Pub Meal, what a mistake! The Ship Inn looked fine from outside. We went inside and ordered drinks and meals at the Bar. I ordered Broccoli and Cheese soup followed by Grilled Salmon with Jacket Potato and salad.
My wife wanted Italian Chicken as a main, but with Mash and not chips as advertised. With a little hmm itís not usual but I will see what we can do the order was taken. My wife also ordered a sweet, Jaffa sponge with ice cream. The waitress/barmaid took the payment. We then went to sit down and noticed that the surroundings were not as clean as we had initially thought on entry. The upholstery on the walled bench seating was greasy and sticky at the edge of the seat, the wall were marked with damp in places with some of the paint leaving the wall. Looking around the glass on the pictures frames was filthy. The carpet had sticky patches in different areas. The whole place looked as if it was ready for a makeover and good clean right through.

I had ordered Theakstonís Bitter which I drank slowly, although it definitely was not the best that I had ever had it was only slightly better than the worst. My good wife had her usual a medium sweet white wine which was her usual type and said it was ok. There is no too much that you can do with a branded bottled wine but beer is a different matter.

After 20 minutes the soup arrived it was like water, you know the type thatís dried and cones from a packed, but too much water has been added. There was no taste of any cheese at all and to make things worse the accompanying sliced hot dog roll was warm but as dry as a board. It was so hard the knife could hardly cut it.

The main courses arrived. The grilled Salmon was unlike anything I had ever had before, dry like a ships biscuit on the outside and a grey colour on the inside. I separated the fish with my knife and it fell apart lengthways revealing what looked like 2 very thin slivers of fish placed back to back and then grilled. Perhaps it had not been defrosted giving rise to the dryness on the outside and raw on the inside. It tasted awful, the little I had eaten left a lingering taste in my mouth for the rest of the evening. The jacket potato was hot and the only thing I enjoyed in the meal. The salad leaves looked as if they had seen better days and had just been woken by being tipped out of the bag. My wife faired a little better and said that the Italian chicken was not too bad. To be fair she also said that the Jaffa sponge was tasty.

Very near where we sat were a young couple who came in and ordered a meal but I did notice neither of them got very far with it, both eating only half and covering up the other half on the plate with the opened serviette so they would not be spotted. It reminded me of one those old films where they cover the body up with a sheet because its dead.

The staff seemed as if they all had the cares of the world on their shoulders and were there because they were forced to be. A smile and a cheerful word cost nothing. People donít go out to be miserable they go out to have a good time and enjoy themselves.

All in all I would never ever recommend visiting this excuse for a Pub / Restaurant. I feel sorry for saying this because I did feel that it had the makings of a really good pub given the correct care and attention and some ďCustomer Relations TrainingĒ for the staff.

Davy Boy.
Outfortheday - 3 Nov 2011 20:51
We went today, not for the first time to this place because of it's picturesque surroundings and seemingly very reasonable value food.

Being the only people in the pub we assumed well attended to food wouldn't be too taxing. We ordered four meals.One request to swap chips for mash (fish chips and peas dish) was met with a refusal by the manager-cum-chef on the grounds that it was on special offer. Fair enough maybe, but it wasn't much to ask.

Twenty minutes or so later we got cold plates of cold food. We borrowed salt and condument from the other empty tables as there were none on ours and the shakers were empty. The dozen or so chips on each plate were limp reheated leftovers, quite badly burnt and cold. The fish was burnt dry, looked rancid as if it was cooked in old oil, and was just inedible so the dish was sent back.
The chef-cum-manager looked more concerned with nattering to his barside chums and smirked away to them as we complained and asked for a refund for the untouched fish dish. The whole thing was alleviated by the at least warm burgers and pie and the professionally-apologetic veneer of the waiter but not enough to negate this place's terrible managership.

Nice to know from previous reviews that the manager/chef not only makes casually discriminatory remarks against women, but also sees fit to pick and choose when they are a pushover himself - namely the customers.
newging - 5 Jan 2011 23:28
Appalling. Two of us arrived on 30.10.2010 afternoon and ordered a meal and a drink each. Cost of £15.47 apparently failed to deliver on promised 2 meals for £10, but never mind. Waited for 25 minutes and when food didn't arrive, we asked the manager (the place was not busy at all) who said he'd check. Another ten minutes and nothing happened. We approached the bar and asked for a refund, at which point a woman appeared and said the food was ready. After another ten minutes we got freshly but not entirely de-frozen chips with the dishes, both of which were obviously factory produced. We complained to the waitress but were ignored, so we left, only to be chased outside by the angry manager accusing us of 'confronting a woman because she was weak' (he forgot that we had confronted him twice but to no avail). Avoid this place; it can spoil what is otherwise a lovely day out in a lovely spot.
yaron - 31 Oct 2010 01:19

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