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Ship Inn and Hotel, Gillingham - pub details

Ship Inn and Hotel

Address: West Stour, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 5RP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 32404) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Gillingham - Dorset (3 miles), Templecombe (5 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.1/10 (rated by 7 users)
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other pubs nearby:

Crown Inn, East Stour (1.4 miles), Kings Arms Inn, East Stour (1.9 miles), Blackmore Vale Inn, Marnhull (2.0 miles)


user reviews of Ship Inn and Hotel, Gillingham

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Excellent food, great cider selection. Not over-priced.

Landlord - as mentioned above - remembers you even if you only go twice a year.

Plenty of parking, what's not to like?
Johnnytheboy - 14 Aug 2012 07:11
Roadside pub with large car park on other side of busy main road (A30). Long views over the surrounding Dorset countryside. Friendly welcome from behind the bar and a real open woodburning fire which is appreciated on a cold winter's day. Tried the Otter Ale which was fine, Cheddar Valley cider on draught. We chose meals from the printed menu which were well presented and very tasty - certainly as good as we remember from our last visit a couple of years ago.
brianagain - 8 Mar 2011 10:57
We visited (for the first time) for lunch last Sunday.

There are so many things good about this pub. It has not been over refurbished, the bar staff are friendly and helpful, the beer is great. We had the Palmers which is an IPA that I am not familiar with. It was really good and well kept. The food was very reasonable as well.

BUT....I should have read one of the earlier reviews more carefully. I do not like dogs and I certainly do not like eating or drinking with dogs around. Fortunately we had finished lunch before the dog invasion struck (about 13.30). So, it was no problem to leave quite quickly.
I am sure that in such a well managed pub the landlord is clear that for some reason dogs cannot be left outside and that the current scheme is best for his trade. But I wonder?

So, a great pub, but do not go unless you love dogs and their habits.

BeerEnthusiast - 14 Sep 2010 17:16
Ringwood Best, St Austell Tribute, Cheddar Ales ‘Gorge Best’ (haha), policy is to rotate the beers but mainly avoiding heavy abvs, which is probably why they’re not quite up Rd’s street. Left from entrance to wood-floored bar ‘ante’ room, with blackboards announcing daily specials which lean toward fish dishes, then to the bar proper with heavy stone slab floor and welcoming wood-burning fire. Short bar has a handful of barstools & the room a variety of tables (x4), a bay window settle, some Ringwood breweriana, a plasma above fireplace (dunno if reception is better than in bedroom?). The music was just marginally too loud, given the demographic in the bar, but that observation probably just reflects my view on the talentless Jay Kay, who inveigled his way in for a while. To the right of the entrance is a sequence of 3 open rooms, ostensibly for dining, which could cater for 40 covers at solid pine tables (in 2s,4s,6s). Wood floored, then carpetted, the mid-room is also the breakfast room where a large cow looks down from her photo positioned above a pine sideboard & a smaller pair, in caricature, do likewise, there is also a framed page of the ‘Salisbury & Winchester Journal’, 5Apr1830. The rear (rt) room is down a coupla steps thru an old timber doorway & has a beamed ceiling. As well as the specials (& chalkboard desserts), a printed menu offers additional choices including other mains, various sarnies & ploughmans, & a 3-course lunch for £13, currently extended to evenings Mon-Thurs, eg salmon goujons wi tartare dip, belly pork on dressed leaves, apple pie & ice cream. We stayed overnight (2 pers b&b £75), had a nice large room (#5) with view beyond adjacent road to nice rolling countryside. Didn’t go out the back, but from upper landing spotted a paved & walled garden with picnic sets, a couple under tented awning, and an old tin pub sign now on the rear wall. Guvnor of 5 years, Gavin, is very polite & cheery, & also rustles up a decent breakfast.
trainman - 14 Oct 2009 11:12
A medium-sized roadside pub on the A30 between Shaftesbury and Sherborne.
Last Sunday was only our third visit spread over a year or so, yet each time we have been treated as if we were regulars. The beer,which has a definite West Country slant, appears well kept, is carefully poured and well presented. Well drinkable if not quite to my taste.
The Ship has a good reputation for food and, if our Sunday roasts were anything to go by, it seems to be deserved. The staff are efficient, friendly yet unobtrusive.
A word of warning though, if you don't like dogs stick to the restaurant, this is a seriously dog-friendly pub. Which, as far as I am concerned, is a damn good thing
As you may have gathered, I like the place and find it improves with acquaintance.

Runningdog - 29 Jan 2008 12:05

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