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Ship Inn, Portishead - pub details

Ship Inn
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Address: Down Road, Portishead, Somerset, BS20 8LF [map] [gmap]

Nearest train stations Nailsea & Backwell (4.9 miles), Avonmouth (5.4 miles)

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Made several visits over the past year. always had a good pint,this time was the draught Bass and the Otter, Still does basic lunchtime pub grub. All round a decent pub, but, dark inside with a 60/70's feel. Would benefit from taking advantage of the views and better flooded with natural light. Apart from that I find it aok and spotlessly clean.
james55westhead - 19 Jun 2012 06:38
A good sized pub on the outskirts of Portishead, it has a somewhat unusual interior which Quinno ably sums up by saying it’s like your Nan’s lounge, even to the extent of having a slightly musty smell.

The left hand bar is a square room with red, velvet button bench seating around the perimeter, red velvet chairs and red tie-back curtains. One wall is covered in dark wood panelling, an old patterned carpet covers the floor and there are various nautically themed pictures about along with a collection of jugs on the window sill. There is a large picture window giving glimpses of views across the channel. A rectangular room off of this looked as though it may be more geared up for dining, although we didn’t investigate this. Topping off the 70’s feel behind the bar were those star-shaped day-glow signs like you get in the windows of tacky shops; one stuck to the Stella Cidré bottles proudly proclaimed “as seen on TV”!

Another bar off to the right was more geared up for sports with a bar billiards game, giant Jenga and a plasma screen, although oddly this was showing Countrywise rather than a sports channel. There is also some limited seating outside. It was very quiet on a recent Tuesday evening visit, both in terms of the number of punters and the general ambience; some background music wouldn’t have gone amiss.

Beers on tap were Young’s London Gold, Butcombe, Bass and Otter Ale. Ciders were Thather’s Dry and Thatcher’s Gold.
Blackthorn - 27 Sep 2011 22:22
Would pretty much agree with Quinno about this one. Never had a bad pint here. They now have mini jenga and giant jenga as well!!
Sacrelicious_Pancake - 23 Aug 2010 16:14
First visit to the Shippin' for over ten years and was pretty impressed.

The exterior is younger-looking than I recall and there's a well-tended garden out the front along with ample parking. The interior is as I remember - fairly large and essentially decorated like your dear old Nan's lounge, which perhaps will put a few people off for being a bit 'safe' but I thought it was pleasant enough.

Three ales were available (Otter, Butcombe and Keltic Gold) all of which were pretty good, if a tad too cool perhaps.

The landlord (Vic?) was good for some banter and the locals seemed like a decent lot - classic gentrified old Bristolians.

There's a well-maintained and well-used bar billiards table along with a dartboard. If you venture onto the BB table you're likely to receive plenty of 'advice' from various quarters as to your play. Basic food is served. I saw no TV.

It's worth a visit if in the general I'd say - well done. Portishead certainly has improved beer-wise over the last few years...
Quinno - 22 Jun 2009 20:40

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