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“Best Clam Chowder I have ever eaten”
Review of The Ship Inn

The Ship Inn
Ranked #1 of 14 Restaurants in Elie
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed 5 October 2015

Many times people have remembered notable foods that they have eaten. When I was growing up it was the August corn on the cob in Rochester, NY slathered with butter, or
Pizza in Chicago, or dinner at a three star restaurant in Paris, but I have never enjoyed a bowl of fish (clam) chowder more that at in the Shipp Inn at Elie, Scotland. It's a very small
Inn on the shore of the North Sea. Maybe it was the service and cold Scottish beer which I ordered with the chowder that made it so memorable but if you ever get to Elie stop at this place. I don't think you'd be disappointed .

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2  Thank Opiedaisy2
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Reviewed 5 October 2015 via mobile

Visited for the first time since the refurb and found the place to be a bit soulless to be honest. If you want to be a gastropub that's fine but when the place is half empty don't charge for meals up front - tacky! Food was average and overpriced -soggy chips. Staff ok. Wouldn't rush back- pretty forgettable experience.

6  Thank feebak
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Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed a leisurely seafood platter lunch here. The views across the bay is breathtaking. We shared the seafood platter, on the menu it stated hot and cold salmon but ours just had cold.

The smoked muscles were lovely so this made up for the missing hot salmon.

At £15 it's a tad on the high side, but you have to factor in the exceptional view I guess.

1  Thank Mwalshm
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Reviewed 28 September 2015 via mobile

We stopped off at the Ship Inn after our walk along the Fife Coastal Path.

The Inn has a large range of drinks and beers. It is well decorated and the toluers and at well clean and well kept. We sat outside as the weather was sunny. The only downside is that they don't serve any food outside, we therefore did not have food, However the menu looked great. If you are a Gin drinkers ou will be spoiled for choice.

We would go here again.

1  Thank Georgiadrubbin
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Reviewed 28 September 2015

On a Sunday you imagine a place like the ship inn to be busy and even more so when its 18c at the end of september in Scotland. The place since its refurbishment looks great, still has the feel of a traditiona lpub but with a modern twist. Unfortunately the Ship Inn were unable to provide us with any food. Initially we were told this was just a 'delay' so we bought a drink and decided to wait outside whiile they cleared their feet a bit. 30 mins later I went back in to order and i was told this time 'there will be no food today we cant cope' Disappointed we were told that the sister restaurant would be able to cater so feeling a little perturbed we decided to finish our drinks then head there. Just as we were leaving the bar announced that there would be a 5 minute window of oportunity to get an order in. Time i had got a menu to my girlfriend and back this window had closed so again we were left hungry. The place is an absolute shambles and the staff were not interested, even if an emaciated syrian refugee had been washed up in his rubber dinghy im sure he would have been left to starve as well. To rub salt into the wounds we ate at the 19th hole they gave me the wrong order it was disgusting. Whoever is in charge of these places, you have the groundworks of two great gastro pubs but even Stevie wonder could organise this chaos better.

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7  Thank Stu A
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