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The Ship Inn

$$ - $$$, British,
120-122 Harbour Street, Irvine KA12 8PZ, Scotland
+44 1294 279722
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
120-122 Harbour Street, Irvine KA12 8PZ, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Came here on a day trip from Northern Ireland. Was overjoyed that there was a Dug friendly, being a Scot I knew this was a dog friendly policy so I was able to bring my collie into a nice wee snug where I could have...More

1  Thank haggis1959
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most amazing food, extremely hot and very tasty. The staff were so lovely and the owner was lovely spoke for a good 30 mins and made us all feel welcome. We have come from Australia and hands down the best meal we have all had...More

1  Thank marshfeealanahmikaela
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice food and not too expensive, staff helpful and pleasant. We sat outside as the weather was good and didn't need to wait long for our food, also you can bring your dog along too.

1  Thank kaggsScotland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the ship inn on saturday for an early dinner with our 2 kids. Used to come here all the time in years gone by. It wasnt busy at all. Food was good. Service was pretty poor. Hardly came near and asked for condiments which...More

1  Thank weeav2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

been here twice last few weeks with my daughters... can' fault the food.. really good pub grub friendly staff.. gets busy even during the day so may be best to book Friday or Saturday evenings ...

Thank Dana Noelle Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Traditional pub grub with a welcome bit of flair Oldest pub by about 200 years to spare.. Staff were very friendly and helpful.. A special mention to the head chef... He recognises that every little extra effort adds to a guests experience .. Keep it...More

Thank Thorntondj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice traditional pub with nice traditional pub grub. Staff were friendly and welcoming, will be back

Thank derek w
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you like really old style pubs then this is a good one. Wouldn't say it's for a romantic meal or if you don't like people hearing your conversation. Food was good 👌 we had mains and desserts and non alcohol kopparberg. Would recommend for...More

Thank Linzi_x
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Been going here for many years now and still have the same review as all the other times ive been there great food great service very clean amd also reasonably priced

Thank tholiz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Popped in after a brisk walk along the beach, great idea! Tradional old pub, low beams, solid stone and just a bit dark inside. We were seated and served drinks promptly, the menu was typical pub fayre, all sounded deliciously comforting. We opted for the...More

Thank Yvonne M
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20 July 2017|
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Response from Talamhgirl | Reviewed this property |
There is a vegetable crepe-as I recall it had mushroom and asparagus in a creamy sauce. Also do good fish and chips.
23 February 2017|
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22 November 2015|
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Response from ScottishGrace | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, I just rang to check. As they are a family run business they are closed for Christmas Day. It's only one of 2 days that they are closed in the whole year.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$24
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120-122 Harbour Street, Irvine KA12 8PZ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Ayrshire  >  North Ayrshire  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: +44 1294 279722
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The Ship Inn is a traditional pub which dates back to the 1500s. It was here that Robert Burns found that his poetry was more than just a hobby and the proprietor Charles Hamilton helped fund Burns first publication. We have been a family run business with a hands on approach to service and customer interaction since 1989. The Pub has a strong food operation which serves traditional pub food to a high standard. Food is made on site by our team of chefs using locally sourced fresh ingredients. Winner of Sunday Mail pub of the year 2005Tam Cowan Daily Record " it'll float your boat" 23/25Scottish licensed trade news Pub caterer of the year 2006. Finalist for Scottish Pub Food 2016, Scottish hospitality & entertainment awards. Dog friendly Pub of the year 2015/6 Dram Awards. 2nd Place Dog friendly establishment for uk 2106, Dugs and Pubs awards
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