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The Ship Inn & Hotel

West Stour, Gillingham SP8 5RP, England
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The Ship Inn & Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Gillingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Woking, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We met our good friends here as a half way point between Woking and Plymouth. We are so, so glad we did. We had a great 7 mile walk in the sunshine at Cerne Abbas (about 30 mins by car), and our tired legs were glad to stroll over the threshold into this lovely pub (a free house). It has... More

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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Popped in to The Ship Inn for dinner. Despite only 15 minutes before the kitchen closed they were friendly and welcoming. Announced they were quite busy and apologised in advance if the food was going to be a bit slow. But food arrived quickly and was really well cooked. The staff were charming. There was free WIFi. Best pub food... More

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

We just had a couple of nights at the Ship Inn in May 2014 and had a great, relaxing stay. With our one year old boy sleeping upstairs we really enjoyed the food in the evenings and were able to keep an ear open via the monitor to our room directly upstairs. Gavin was an excellent host and did everything... More

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Lutterworth, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Can you imagine you having 3 rooms let in your quiet country pub on a Friday night, therefore expecting to serve 6 people for breakfast Saturday morning. How would you react if, at 08:30 8 more people turned up asking for breakfast? That's exactly what we did..my brother-in-law was staying there after our sons wedding, so we thought we'd pop... More

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west yorkshire uk
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Enjoyed two nights here - good quality room, proper pub used by locals with excellent food - we ate there both nights and dinner was well cooked and good choices available - devilled kidneys, great scallops, seafood pie and in particular the vegetarian crumble breakfast great and the owner in particular offered personal and very good service ideally situated to... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Staff are always friendly and food is always good... A firm favourite in our family as a place to go to eat for some delicious bistro food and a lovely personable atmosphere :) Would highly recommend!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

One of the nicest, friendliest welcomes I have ever recieved. Nothing was too much trouble, room spacious comfortable and clean, bed fab and as before stated, very good quality and linen. Menu was varied and with so many great dishes it was difficult to choose, breakfast and evening meal all good quality and very well cooked. I would definatly recommend... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

As part of a foursome that has taken to eating in random Dorset Pubs and Restaurants once a month we made a trip about an hours from home and found the Ship at West Stour. We phoned ahead to check that it was open and I was immediately impressed with the warm telephone manner and reassurance that we could just... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

I booked a night at The Ship based on the enthusiastic tripadvisor comments and we were not disappointed. A great menu, excellent cooking, good ales and ciders, a warm welcome and enjoyable conversation in the bar. We stayed in room 5 which was above the bar and overlooks the road. The room had secondary double glazing and there wasn't a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

We took my sister to The Ship for lunch on her 94th birthday. She has to use a wheelchair but this was no problem and a ramp had been provided for us to use. We received a very warm welcome and we felt that nothing was too much trouble to make our visit a success. The food was very good... More

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Address: West Stour, Gillingham SP8 5RP, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Gillingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
The Ship Inn & Hotel Dorset/Gillingham

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The Ship is a privately owned informal country pub, retaining country pub values and atmosphere, whilst offering good quality food, drink and accommodation.The Ship is a proper country pub, and as such has a number of traditional features mixed with plenty of modern touches. We offer a variety of quality dishes using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. The bar serves a varied & interesting selection of real ales, beers, traditional ciders and wines, while our accommodation offers five comfortable en-suite rooms. As featured in both The Good Pub Guide and The Good Beer Guide, The Ship’s unique ambience and stylish but warm décor, offers ample opportunity to relax away from it all, whether you’re simply dropping in for a drink, something to eat, or staying for business or pleasure.The Ship is an ideal base to explore the region and the nearby towns of Shaftesbury, Sherborne and Gillingham are all within easy reach. Local attractions include Stourhead House & Gardens, Longleat Safari Park, The Fleet Air arm Museum and The Haynes Motor Museum. Walkers can enjoy exploring the Stour Valley Way with its nearby footpaths, which pass through the picturesque Dorset countryside ... more   less 
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