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The Ship Inn

€€ - €€€, Seafood, British
Toft, Elie KY9 1DT, Scotland
+44 1333 330246
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good25%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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“fish and chips” (82 reviews)
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Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Toft, Elie KY9 1DT, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had planned a family reunion in Elie and were attracted to this inn. On arrival I was puzzled at the sight of several almost full beer glasses which had obviously been collected but more on that later. We had booked a large party for...More

4  Thank ianp81
Reviewed 2 days ago

If the Ship Inn is a four star venue it continues its stately progress toward that fifth star on the near horizon. A great welcoming pub, children and dogs included, and a classy restuarant alongside it is permanently busy every day of the week -...More

Thank Forsyth56
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If the Ship Inn ever goes Elie is doomed! It’s a great pub with a good restaurant. Just go and enjoy the buzz and the food and the service.

Thank Jorgeob
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a grand wee hotel, full of character and characters. The staff are cheerful and readily helpful. The menu is interesting and varied. There is pub grub and more studied catering available. The mild cured kippers were special for breakfast. The hotel hosts a...More

Thank Ronnie S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed recently and have to say we were well looked after both in the inn and the restaurant. All staff we had contact with were exceptionally friendly and couldn't have done more to help. Check in was very straightforward and we had previously booked for...More

Thank DRC16
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely inn in a super location just yards from the beach. Sadly however the food was very average and poor for children. My children ordered pasta, how simple, but when it arrived it was full of large chunks of garlic and mushrooms (not noted...More

1  Thank 172Lakin
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a decent pub lunch. Gluten free fish and chips, which was basically the fish cooked without any batter...but at least it was an option! Good to see.

1  Thank KeaMorecambe
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was very good, excellent choices and tasty. However, whoever let the interior designers suggest old oil drums, uncomfortable stools and high perching tables, such as you see dockside in London or Sydney, was obviously bamboozled! The demographic when I visited was almost entirely...More

3  Thank HeadeachJupp
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited yesterday for dinner with two children. Ordered starter and main dishes with drinks the service was good friendly staff and a beautiful view from upstairs. However our meal didn’t meet expectations firstly there was no lobster or langoustine available so ordered a prawn starter...More

2  Thank Shannon S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here for dinner last weekend and it was everything I'd heard about it ...great food ..nice selection of beers and as a.dog owner even better as it is pet friendly ... Friendly and efficient staff also ... last best thing for me... it has...More

Thank pat m
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Questions & Answers
26 September 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
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
11 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
24 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, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
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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