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The Ship Inn

Toft, Elie KY9 1DT, Scotland
+44 1333 330246
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good26%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (67 reviews)
“crab linguine” (12 reviews)
“chowder” (15 reviews)
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Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Toft, Elie KY9 1DT, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

This was my wife and I's second visit to the Ship, why? well it has something very special about it and not just the view out of the bedroom windows. It is romantic and a real treat. certainly not cheap and you could probably get...More

Thank Nigel M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Stopped in here for a beer and ended up having dinner. A very nice place with lots of locals. The food was decent but needed more seasoning in my opinion. Steak was also a bit overcooked, but that seems to be a recurring problem in...More

Thank Dennis S
Reviewed 2 days ago

We found The Ship Inn by chance whilst walking along Elie beach. What a delightful find! We just stopped off for a coffee but were tempted by warm scones and toast. We were lucky to get a seat beside the fire and our dog was...More

Thank Sally J
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Dinner in the restaurant upstairs was superb great menu and fab choice of wines, we also had a bar lunch next day and could take our dog with us very friendly atmosphere, if your lucky enough to get next to open fire you could spend...More

Thank Laura M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A went wi ma brer and wee sister. A got chicken n it wis heavy nice like. The waiter wis a fruitcake but.

1  Thank jimmy5avile69
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A long walk along the beach preceded a family lunch. Pub and downstairs restaurant are dog friendly, the decor was fresh and modern, and the staff could not have been more pleasant. Local real ales also served (Scottish red ale was fantastic). The food was...More

Thank Alan M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This wee place does some fantastic seafood. Mussels and the fish and chips on the bar menu were brilliant. Cullen skink was delicious as well.

Thank SqeakyLady
Reviewed 6 days ago

We stayed for 2 nights at the Ship Inn and ate in the upstairs restaurant on both nights. On both evenings, the service was excellent - friendly and efficient, and the surroundings pleasant and 'buzzy'. On the first evening, a Friday, all four of us...More

Thank MichaelEdinburgh
Reviewed 6 days ago

My partner and i visited last month for Sunday lunch. I had seen it from the outside on a previous visit earlier in the year and decided on a good day it would be worth trying. I was not disappointed. We were given a table...More

Thank alyzen
Rachel B, Manager at The Ship Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear alyzen, Thank you for taking the time to review The Ship Inn. I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed the food and our fabulous location. And we do in fact sell our Siabann soaps and hand cream to take away - next time you're in...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We were two families with young children and teens. We ate an early dinner so we got seated quickly in the restaurant section. We got our drinks quickly, but then the service slowed down. I did not order appetizer since I was not very hungry,...More

Thank Kai F
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Questions & Answers
Norman A
26 September 2016|
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Response from Rachel B | Property representative |
Not as such but we are always happy to try and accommodate. Let us know what you need and we will try to help. Many thanks Rachel
Julie T
12 August 2015|
Response from Amy Beth D | Reviewed this property |
Hi Julie, They have a gluten free menu which offers the same choices as their regular set menu. However it's basically just the regular menu with anything containing gluten removed so sometimes it can leave dishes rather... More
25 April 2015|
Response from Rachel B | Property representative |
We are dog friendly but we are currently closed for renovation. The bar will be reopening in the next couple of weeks and the restaurant at the beginning of June. We do also own The 19th Hole at the Earlsferry end of Elie... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Toft, Elie KY9 1DT, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Fife  >  Elie
  • Phone Number: +44 1333 330246
  • E-mail
The Ship Inn at Elie in Fife has long been one of Scotland's most iconic pubs, famous for its great views, stunning location, and even as the only pub in the world to have a cricket team with a pitch on the beach. The owners, Graham and Rachel Bucknall, who also run the Bridge Inn at Ratho (named as AA Pub of the Year in September 2014) purchased the Ship Inn, a pub they both knew very well, in late 2014. After a major 6-month renovation programme, they re-opened a transformed Ship Inn in the summer of 2015. 6 beautiful bedrooms were opened in March 2016. The inn is part of a row of old cottages by the harbour. At its heart is the bar where the comfy chairs and sofas beside the open fires and wood-burning stoves make a welcome sight, especially when it's windy and rainy outside. You are more than welcome just to call in for a coffee, but it's worth stopping longer for a pint, a whisky or a meal in the upstairs restaurant with its views of the bay. The same menu is offered throughout the inn - and if you have your dog with you, he or she is very welcome to join you downstairs - water, treats and even dog beds are provided. The food is of the hearty pub variety, but seafood, locally caught, is high on the menu. Graham and Rachel have also created delightful double and twin bedrooms, all with views of Elie Bay and the Firth of Forth. The Ship Inn is unique in the fact that it has the only cricket team in the UK that plays matches on the beach. From May to September, depending on the tide and after the sand has been rolled flat, the Ship's team hosts matches for other Scottish teams and touring teams from all over the world.
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