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Ship Inn, East Grinstead

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A good local pub, which I'm pleased to say is having a facelift with new paint to smaten it's exterior!
Adrian_S - 26 Jul 2010 16:12
This is one of my favourite pubs and although it's just a standard victorian pub without any pretensions it has a nice atmosphere, friendly staff, good beers and food and a great open fire in the winter months (gave shoppers an excuse to gather there when it was snowing). It offers quiz nights and has live music on Saturdays, good value Sunday roasts.
Adrian_S - 29 Jun 2010 13:28
There are essentially two East Grinsteads town centre-wise – the new and the old and there couldn’t be more difference. The old area is charming, with many fine old buildings. Having looked at all the options, I considered the Ship, located at the old/new junction to be the best bet and I wasn’t disappointed. Either side of the main circulating area are two quality rooms with wood panelling and nice seating, whilst the walls have many fine framed prints. At the time of writing, the weather is very hot and this pub boasts air conditioning but if you prefer outdoors then at the rear is a superb garden with stepped decks on three levels down to a pond which is constantly served by a stream running beneath, with its associated soothing trickling sound. Alewise, it’s a Young’s house, so expect their beers plus Bombardier and Directors.
Alerover - 5 Aug 2008 16:48
This is a great local pub. traditional Young's fare, but warm and welcoming staff. Plenty of theme nights to entice the passing public. I was there on a weekend night when Soul Reaction were playing. Enjoyed the music and the evening.
anonymous - 9 Nov 2007 13:52
I like this pub; it's pretty much the way Young's pubs used to be before they started doing wholesale makeovers (though they used generally to be free of piped music, which I can do without).
The service was friendly and efficient, the beer absolutely excellent.As for prices, £2.50 for a pint of Ordinary is, if anything, on the cheap side these days, sad to say (I've more recently been charged elsewhere £3.00 a pint for Harvey's).
I'd certainly visit The Ship again if I was in the area.
earlydrinker - 23 Sep 2007 18:25
Some good news atlast as the current managers become tenants from September. This will give them the ability to do what they know is best for the pub and its regulars rather than follow the ridiculous Young's policies that made prices more expensive than London.
I can't wait to see the improvements and maybe an upturn for the daytime trade.
Guthro - 31 Aug 2007 12:12
Young's Summer Solstice very good today.
Ordinary - 21 Jun 2007 22:22
Probably the best run and most civilised pub in the town centre. Beer prices are on the high side, but worth it if you want to avoid the knuckle draggers that the cheaper pubs attract. This pub is gaining a very good reputation for live music. the pub Can sometimes be very quiet and other times packed and lively. Extensive decking terraces outside for those warm summer evenings.
Plumit - 18 Jun 2007 13:30
The Wells Youngs merger has brought no real change. The pricing policy for drinks is ridiculous. £3.10 for a pint of Strongbow for example and £3.55 for a small Pinot Grigio. Weekday daytime drinkers are all but gone.

Live music has become a regular Friday or Saturday feature and has become a real plus for the pub.

Guthro - 12 Apr 2007 16:53
Good couple of pints, and nice outdoors area over a sunny Easter weekend.
petergoesrock - 10 Apr 2007 10:41
Friendly, busy pub with good atmosphere. Didn't eat, but the drinks were the usual Young's offerings. Pricey but familiar. Excellect soul band playing the night we went, which really made for a pleasant evening. Would go again.
anonymous - 1 Feb 2007 14:07
The landlord & landlady watch in vain as Young's extortionate pricing policy drives more and more of the locals elsewhere. Prices here are higher than in London. Hopefully Charles Wells will change things.
Lack of sales means a good pint of real ale is a lottery.

Plus points.
Pleasant and friendly landlord and landlady with usually pleasant and often very pretty staff.
Good range of malt whiskies.
Nice log fire.
Large seating/dining area and large outdoor decking area for the summer.
Good atmosphere when its busy.

Bad points.
Young's own it !

Guthro - 21 Dec 2006 11:27
Nice pub, although i dont go there often ive always found the atmosphere friendly.
anonymous - 20 May 2006 23:43
great pub good youngs here and nice stafff fantastic in summer as it has a large decked area out back.
Pubmaster05 - 27 Jul 2005 21:27
Large town centre pub with a good range of well-kept Young's ale.Very busy when we arrived, and, unfortunately, the member of staff who served us was not very good - she seemed to have difficulty understanding, and a totally inability to smile. Having said that, the rest of the staff seemed very switched on and pleasant. Perhaps it was her first day.

Food very good.
Andy - 20 Oct 2004 13:04

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