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Ship Inn, Owslebury - pub details

Ship Inn
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Address: Owslebury, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1LT [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 13663) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Shawford (2.9 miles), Eastleigh (4.5 miles), Winchester (5 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.3/10 (rated by 21 users)
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Queens Head, Fishers Pond (1.7 miles), Appletons at Queens Head, Fishers Pond (1.7 miles), Bugle Inn, Twyford (1.9 miles), Fishers Pond, Eastleigh (2.0 miles), Phoenix Inn, Twyford (2.0 miles)

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My last report on the Ship inn was back in Oct 2009. I was not overly impressed on that occasion. Since then like many pubs these days I gather it has been through a few different tenents.

As I remarked on before, this pub looks great from the outside. On a warm day after a bit of a hike from Shawford over the hills we were looking forward to a decent pint & a spot of lunch.

There was just one local in the pub eating lunch at the bar. We chatted whilst we waited to be served. After a few n minutes had passed My wife asked if there was a bell to summon the staff as we were gasping for a pint & the local pointed to a large bell at the end of the bar.

I gave it a clang, a mighty impressive ring it gave off as well, which duly summoned the buxom blonde landlady. She fixed me with a withering stare, stating I was speaking to my chef. Now personally if I was running the business I would have prefixed this with 'Sorry to have kept you'.

Still we ordered our beer, 'Morland & a guest ale' both quite decent plus lunch.

I must have riled her as one of my eggs arrived with a broken yolk & the lettuce had certainly seen better days. If I had been serving I would have apologised for the egg & asked if I wanted it changed.

We had definitely got off on the wrong foot. To be fair the rest of the food was good & fairly priced. Plus the beer was in good condition. But to be honest I did not feel at ease in the pub & was quite pleased when we left. I am sure the land lady is a delightful person but it will probably be another 6 years before I try the pub again.

John.T - 3 Aug 2015 17:08
Nice little country pub with a friendly barmaid. It's probably never going to 'set the world alight' but it has got character. It's a tenanted house owned by Greene King, so Suffolk Beers are the 'order of the day'. The menu looked good and reasonably priced. The IPA was in good condition. Situated in a nice village it's worth a 'run out', give it a try.
wolvesfan - 22 Sep 2013 10:32
This pub has been in and out of the Good Pub Guide over the years and, like most pubs, almost everything depends upon the landlord. Situated in a pleasant village which has good views northwards towards Winchester. Large car park and when I called today there were a dozen cars there. Were all the drivers TT I wonder? Because, as I was going to drive after an 8 mile walk, I asked for a non-alcoholic beer. I might have been Oliver Twist because they don't sell any. Any Country pub with a large car park has a duty these days to stock non-alcoholic beer, I think. So I thanked the landlady and went without - and so did she of my custom. A pity because I should have liked to quaff a nice shandy in their sunny beer garden. Not therefore a place I shall rush back to.
snosnikrap - 20 Aug 2013 17:50
Very pleasantly surprised after all the recent poor reviews! This pub has changed hands just in the last couple of months. The current owners are really friendly and served us tasty, fresh and reasonably priced sandwiches -good choice of fillings on crusty bread or baguettes. Being a Sunday, a roast was also on offer - looked really nice but we resisted as we might not have wanted to carry on with our walk! Lovely spot for lunch in brilliant walking country! Please ignore the comments relating to previous landlords and try this pub out! We'll be going back!
MarionB - 6 Nov 2011 19:48
We had an interesting lunch here. Although the food was pleasant enough, with a eastern/Caribbean flavour, it just didn't feel right in a country pub in Hampshire. And it did take an age for it to arrive.
Could be an amazing pub with a little more attention to detail. Beer was very good but the coke was expensive and flat. Will return in the summer to try again because overall it was pleasant.
M Ford
marcusford - 10 Mar 2011 10:31

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