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The Ship Inn & Hotel

West Stour, Gillingham SP8 5RP, England
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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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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 1 week ago

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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New York City, New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
13 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We had visited Stourhead Gardens on our way to Devon and were looking for a stop over and dinner. We spotted this Inn on Tripadvisor and booked for the last Wed in October. When we arrived we drove past the Inn twice as it was almost dark and there were very few lights in the building, the time being only... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

My husband and I came to stay at the Ship Inn with some friends, the welcome we got from Craig was outstanding. Our rooms were really nice, clean and the beds comfortable. We ate at the Ship on both evenings and the food is stupendous we certainly ate too much !! Our husbands really enjoyed the choice of beer. We... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We have been here a number of times and thoroughly enjoyed it. The atmosphere and surroundings are wonderful and it really is one of those very cosy environments. The staff are friendly and helpful and the food is absolutely great. The selection is good and if you are into your fish they have a great selection. Well worth a visit,... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Found this place on line and booked it because of its good reviews, and it exceeded our expectations. All the staff made us feel very welcome, the room was a good size, clean, with a very comfortable bed & nice crisp white bedding, & good shower with good fluffy towels. The food was excellent, a great choice, beautifully cooked &... More

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Also Known As:
The Ship Inn & Hotel Dorset/Gillingham
Address: West Stour, Gillingham SP8 5RP, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Gillingham
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Gillingham
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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