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Ship Inn

Address: 18 Handbridge, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 7JE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 45621) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Chester (1 mile), Bache (1.9 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.5/10 (rated by 2 users)
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user reviews of Ship Inn, Chester

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I visited here in March on a weekday at lunchtime. The pub has only recently been added on BITE. At the time of my visits, 4 of the 5 pumps were on.

As Martinsh has said, this is a Thwaites pub and their ales dominate. On offer at the time of my visit:

Wainwright (off)
Lancaster Bomber
TBC Thwaites Best Cask
A hand written pump which may or may not have been Thwaites
Daniel Thwaites First Crusade

I went for the First Crusade, which was £3.10 - not at all bad for Chester - and was about 3.8% or 3.9%.

Feels like a modern pub, big glass frontage, clean and fairly contemporary with a mix of seating types and what looked like a real fire. Yet I was the only customer in there at lunch time at the time of my visit. Perhaps too far from the centre to get much passing trade? Pleasant enough pub though and nice to see some Thwaites ales I had not heard of before. Adding a guest or two would make this even better.
RealAleRobUK - 5 Oct 2016 21:40
This place can be a refreshing oasis. A bit off the beaten track, but literally just across the river from the many pubs of Lower Bridge Street, yesterday it managed the incredible feat of being totally free of racegoers on raceday.

It has a modernised glass frontage, but inside is more or less a traditional pub. The bar is on the right, and there are three semi-separate areas on the left, at the front are some igh stools and tables, next some comfy chairs surrounding a real fire (obviously not lit yesterday !), and at the back some normal chairs and tables. There is also various paraphernalia littered about ; two large clocks, a giant abacis, and several mirrors for example.

The normal range of beers is 3 from Thwaites plus a guest, but yesterday (to celebrate Cask Ale Week) they were having a “mini beer festival” – up to 6 beers ! I tried Moorhouses Pride of Pendle which was pretty nice. They also claim to serve craft beers, but since two of the examples they gave were Moretti and Blue Moon, you can yell they haven’t quite got the right idea.

As for food, well it is available – hand cooked to order. Pretty much standard pub-grub menu, but not cheap. I also noticed that some of the “light bites” cost more than some of the “main courses” !
Menus are not on the tables – you have to ask for one from the food monitor ! I ordered the scampi – coincidentally about the cheapest item on the menu. I was told it would take 40 mins, but un the end it was more like 14 ! Entirely reasonable, with large portions, but nothing special.

Finally, a notice outsie advertises “coffee, newspapers, breakfast, free wifi from 10am”. I don’t think they mean you have to pay for wifi before then, but you never know. Yhere is also a pie night and a pub quiz night.

7/10 – e welcoming retreat – especially on race days !

Martinsh - 25 Sep 2016 22:24

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