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The Ship Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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48 High Street, Christchurch BH23 1BN, England
+44 1202 474799
11:00 - 01:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 22:30
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 23:00
Thu 11:00 - 23:15
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Showing 305: English reviews
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not normally a fan of pub food but this was a great surprise. Menu was inventive and the food very good, well priced and with a nice wine selection that is also reasonably priced. In addition service is attentive and freindly. Will be going back for sure.

Thank james g
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had cause to complain but you can only do so if "there is a manager" on the premises to do something about it!. I bought a drink only to find the glass had lipstick all around the rim. I asked for my money back as I felt a dirty glass was disgraceful and unacceptable. I was offered another drink... More 

Thank Ali F
Reading, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited with family on new years day with 9 other family members and what a gem of a pub. As soon as we went inside it felt warm and friendly. Really good selection of beers and wines and was really cosy. Really looking forward to visiting again very soon.

1 Thank butterflymama
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61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere and the band were fantastic. Guys.... Lovely selection of songs. Bar staff did a great job too along with being really polite and friendly. Thank you

1 Thank its_cold_in_england
Christchurch, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went with the family (6 adults and a small boy) last week, they were quite busy but we didn't have to wait too long to order and the meal arrived promptly, good choice of beer, reasonable set menu for lunch, the veggie main course was "not available" but the chef sorted out a pleasant alternative.

Thank Rogertb
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staff should spend more time concentrating on their customers than gossiping to one another. Falling standards since the kitchen staff have changed. The ship change their staff quicker than they change a barrel. Continued fly problem and dodgy electrics.. The only thing relating to a "ship" is the smell of fish from the men's toilet.

1 Thank Smaddison123
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Prior to a day's business meeting and following a six hour drive The Ship was a welcome venue for myself and colleagues. The food was excellent, served by friendly and professional staff.

Thank Crawford-Senior
Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Popped in for a Sunday lunch with family. Attentive and polite service by waitress staff. Clean and comfortable surroundings - (clean toilets too!). Food e.g. Typical Sunday Lunch of Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pud & veg. Very well presented but luke warm at best. Others in my party similar with their different foods. Brussel Sprouts, OK don't overcook but these were... More 

2 Thank Desmond D
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

I went to this restaurant with a couple of friends, two of us ordered the 9oz 28 day aged rib-eye steak, my friends was ok but mine was mostly fat and inedible. I very rarely send things back but I had no choice, the waitress was great and so was the bar manager but unfortunately the comment from the chef... More 

Thank Cjay407
Christchurch, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

We have become regulars and big fans of The Ship over the last couple of years so, didn't hesitate to head in for dinner with friends when they visited from out of town. Promising a great deal to them, we can't help but feel a little let down. We received our usual friendly greeting but, the atmosphere seemed a little... More 

2 Thank pambcov

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Bar, British, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:15
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 48 High Street, Christchurch BH23 1BN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +44 1202 474799

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?