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Sterile refurb of an old pub done without class or character.Beer (Doombar) was dross and I ended up leaving it.
Snarling_Mallard - 30 Mar 2015 21:16
I know what you mean, dorsetknob.

I've been to pubs where you're plagued by small flying insects too. Worse still some seem to bite and make you itchy, so you don't stay long.

But according to Wiki there's no such thing as the "beer fly". What it seems to be is any old flying insects which come in, often thanks to smokers holding the door open while they stand blocking the doorway, (so they don't get too cold). It's a nuisance to add to the draught they cause too.

Some of these pests, fruit flies etc. will be attracted to beer and wine, and the midges to the customers. I've been in pubs where the latter breed in the warm damp soil of the pot plants too.

It's apparently got worse since the smoking ban (but that's no reason at all to reverse it). Some say cigarette smoke worked as an insect repellent, but it was a much more effective non-problem-having customer repellent.
eddybeer - 19 Jan 2014 09:53
There is plague of BEER FLIES in this establishment.
dorsetknob - 18 Jan 2014 22:32
Ringwood Best Bitter, Hobgoblin were on Pump, opted for Ringwood Best which was OK although a tad cold. Bit of a Gastro Pub, old at the front with a beamed ceiling and modern at the back. however tastefully done. I sat at the bar, but at several of the tables others were eating and i must say the food looked good. Friendly staff.
Bitter_Man - 29 Oct 2013 08:50
Great pub,Ideal location in High St,Good range of beers etc,Has a vary good reputation for food,Great staff especialy Jessica

blackjack - 18 Dec 2011 11:44
Spectacular spectacular, following a recent visit to the ship inn on the high street me and my husband were most impressed, the food was fabulous I had the sea bass it was cooked to perfection and a nice size portion it was full of flavour and well season and was like an artists work of art for presentation, My hubby had to no surprise had the roast beef cooked medium- rare it was to cook to the best standard his dish was also very well present, The Ship offers up so much quality at such a reasonable price it really is fine dinning at pub prices, I was so impressed I asked told the young black haired waitress who the star chef we were hiding in the kitchen was ? Dan Pestl and I was even more shocked to discover he was only 29, over all the service we received from our waitress, was impeccable the food was superb I will be returning time and time again.
129mxchick - 22 Aug 2011 15:58
I moved to Christchurch many years ago and this pub was then a 'no go' pub. However it has been reburbished to a good standard and seves lovely food. At the weekend there is a jazz or soul band on which is great, this brings in all ages but is wonderful for the not 'old' but not 'young' crowd!!

The menu is varied in the evening with specials also. If you fancy something and call in advance they always have got it in for us. Lunchtimes have a lovely atmoshere especially on market day. Again the menu varies from a three course meal to bar snacks.

It is a shame though that some people on here may be advising on another pub/resturant sharing the same name in Christchurch, as this pub does NOT have a childrens menu, and the manager is a lady (and a lovely one at that) and not a man.

All in all well done THE SHIP INN ( HIGH STREET) you have the balance right and some lovely staff
kimg - 2 Apr 2011 11:00
Classy establishment with a somewhat pricey food operation and decent beer. I mostly go for the jazz (and, BTW their piped music system is one of the best I have heard)
Uncle_Dunkel - 21 Oct 2010 16:27
Dont worry love, the manager is so far up his own backside you wouldt have seen him anyway.
trebor1 - 9 Sep 2010 13:18

For the attention of the manager:

I would like to bring to your attention the substandard quality of food served on a recent trip to the Brasserie. On Thursday the 2nd of September on a day out and about in the town with our two children my husband suggesting that we try the The Ship Seafood Brasserie. Being a Fishery Officer and having both a keen interest and love of seafood I was enthusiastic about going. We entered the restaurant which I must say looked clean and well presented. My husband and I accompanied by our two children decided on the special menu and two children’s meals.

Firstly the children’s meals, the chips were black, either the oil needed to be changed or the chips had been previously cooked and reheated in the oil thus overcooking them and the Haddock goujons were ok, if not a little greasy; the portion sizes were fair.

The starters: my husband had the mussels which were okay but the portion size was very small. My soup however was both cold and tasted like most of the beach was left in it. I was ready to complain at this point but thought I would reserve judgement for the mains.

The main course: My husband had the salmon and potatoes with red onions. Firstly his salmon was the size of a postage stamp and overcooked, he had a huge portion of thickly cut gooey onions which did not complement the fish and potatoes with no butter or herbs - just slightly undercooked potatoes in a dish, he was not impressed. My main was the hake and Mediterranean couscous. The portion size of the couscous was pathetic - about a heaped dessert soon with no real Mediterranean flavour. The hake which was served on the bone was raw in the middle and the sauce a salty slime that I can only liken to something that is not fit to grace the page of even this letter. It was inedible. At this point I was ready to let our waitress ( Who was ill informed about the source of the seafood served ) know of my disgust at the meal we had just been served. I asked too talk with the Manager, we waited a while but in the end left without any managerial acceptance of responsibility .My husband being a more reserved character asked me not to let this spoil a rare family day out and with my young son becoming bored and fidgety I was encouraged to leave the restaurant . My husband and daughter enjoyed a bowl of ice cream each which with the bread was the best part of the meal by far.

The restaurant area is to the back of the building. We were seated at one of eight tables. For people who smoke you have a small paved outside area, however you have to walk through the restaurant to get to it. ( Each time the outside door was open a draft of cold smoke smelly air blew in, which happen a lot, people going for a quick smoke ) which left the restaurant feeling cold.

Having spent £50.00 on what was supposed to be a lovely family dinner before a busy meeting the following day was the worst meal my family and I have ever eaten. I would certainly advise anyone keen to try some local shellfish that THE SHIP Brasserie was not the place to go, Do not waste your money.

Food has the ability to make a great day better and leave you feeling satisfied and happy. Such a poor meal left us all hungry and disgruntled and rather poorer that we had set out.

We will certainly not be returning it was a disgrace.

jimvoss - 5 Sep 2010 17:35
What a difference a refurb makes! This pub used to be awful, badly kept cider and ale and horrid clientele...but not any more. Enjoyed a nice lunch, average price, pleasant service and good choice. Decent ales on today and some cider too. Mostly couples enjoying a lunchtime drink, but have been in one evening during Christchurch food festival weekend and it was bustling with all age groups- no trouble. Good to see a Christchurch pub improving.
gongapop - 9 Aug 2010 17:08
Really nice pub especially for a drink before heading home, and much better than when it was a no-go zone and full of threatening people BUT why are most of the tables reserved for dining in the pub area at the peak time for after-work drinks? Most people just want to have one or two 'quickies' before going home and not be forced to share large tables in the window with other embarassed drinkers. The piano takes up space for quite a few tables for two!
dorsetknob - 29 Jan 2010 19:15
Used it for a drink or two on Mondays while the Market was on. Then the refurb.
While it made the place a bit more contemporary, it lost its soul. Also the prices went through the roof. Wont be going back. Shame.
trebor1 - 19 Jan 2010 18:31
I went to this pub yesterday lunch time with family, it was my 2nd time there, the first time I had a meal it was ok, I had ordered lemon chicken with grilled vegetables, it was disappointing as it was chicken served with a slice of lemon! that was the lemon chicken, My mum had a salad which was ok, we gave it another try yesterday but we were very very disappointed! My husband and brother has the roast beef, it arrived at the table 2 slices of beef, the smallest yorkshire pudding I have ever seen! 2 roast potatoes, and a few sliced carrots and a few mange tout and a little gravy, £9.90 each, we did notice that some people had new potatoes with their roast dinners aswell as roast pots, but we didn't! I went for the medium hot chilli served with rice and a few dorito's, sadly that was very disappointing too........... Drinks are very expensive a pint of Timothy Taylors was £3.40, a spiced rum and a dash of tap coke £3.40, half a becks £1.70 do I need to go on!!!! won't be going back there! To some it up A RIP OFF! Also the lock on one of the ladies toilets door was not there so had to keep my foot on the door to keep it closed!
youngcatherine - 14 Sep 2009 08:51
Nice re-furb.There was very drinkable Timothy Taylor on one of the pumps on Saturday night as well as Ringwood.

Is the piano a real one designed to be played by people? We hadn't had that many beers and the keys were definitely moving on there own.
atticus - 9 Jun 2009 07:57
Nice, could be competition for the George, but only has Ringwood Best on somtimes. nothing else real ale, still, early days and I wish it well, wonder when the grand piano is used? Good to see the return of the padded bench, good riddance to soffas..
justdarkbeer - 9 Jun 2009 00:14
Now completely refitted as a trendy jazz piano bar.

Menu (and the food itself, more importantly) looks good and whole place much more salubrious than it was before.

Hope fully the new owner will make a success of this - the town deserves it!
robdscarter - 8 Jun 2009 16:47

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