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“Great place! Would recommend!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Ship Inn at Conyer

The Ship Inn at Conyer
The Quay | Conyer, Sittingbourne ME9 9HR, England
01795 520 881
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Ranked #14 of 71 Restaurants in Sittingbourne
Cuisines: Gastropub
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Great place! Would recommend!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

This place is a little out of the way (which adds to its charm) and is next door to a small mariana which you can see from certain tables in the restaurant. The interior design is modern whilst retaining the character of the place and if your idea of a great afternoon is spending it on comfy chairs in front of a roaring log fire with a tempting selection of good wines and ales, then look no further!
There is a nice atmoshpher to the place and the staff were welcoming and friendly (if albiet a bit slow on the service, but who cares, it was not a race).
There were 4 of us in our party, two of whom were under 10 and we all enjoyed a deliciious, well cooked, plentiful three course Sunday lunch (£18 per adult, 50% off for children).
For starters we had 1 x chicken liver pate with chutney, 1 x pigeon and 2 x crab risotto and main courses were 2 x roast lamb, 1 x roast pork and 1 x fish chowder. All were served with a good selection of nicely cooked veg and roast potatoes. As an extra we ordered yorkishire pudding at 50p each (which would have been better to see included to be honest) and a portion of cauliflower cheese.
For deserts we had 2 x chocolate brownies serviced with vanilla ice cream (delicious!), 1 x sticky toffee pudding (massive!) and a cheese board (small and a little disappointing).
All in all a great place to come, chill out and enjoy with family or friends and would certainly recommend.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sheerness, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Could do better - a lot better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

We last visited the Ship Inn at Conyer 35 years ago , when it was THE place to go in the Sittingbourne area, so we are not exactly regulars. But, having recently read a review of the pub in the Kent Messenger's What's On magazine, we were tempted to go back after all these years. The pub is in new ownership -the owner of the local marina - after having fallen on hard times in recent years. No expense has been spared on the refurbishment, which has been tastefully carried out. The Ship Inn's character has been retained without turning it into a cheap and nasty gastro pub. And The Ship Inn has this year found a place in the Kent listings of the Campaign For Real Ale's Good Beer Guide.
The pub's location next to Conyer Creek is also delightful. Sadly, we have to say that our dining experience on Christmas Eve was not exactly wonderful. Our starters were OK. They included wood pigeon, a prawn cocktail and pork rillet ( basically a rough pork pate with crusty bread). and a starter comprising a small bowl of olives. Interestingly, my wife's olive starter arrived with no olives, just gherkins. The olives eventually arrived after we complained but then they were only green olives, not the selection one usually expects with this kind of starter.
Three of our mains were fine - ham, egg and chips x 2, and a burger and chips. Our kids opted for traditional pub grub. Our other two mains were, to put it bluntly, awful. My wife chose venison, which was dry and covered in an excessive amount of dumpling strips which in turn overhelmed the whole dish. She left most of it. I had baked cod loin, which turned out to be two small thumb-sized pieces of fish which I ate in about three mouthfuls. This was accompanied by half a dozen luke-warm pieces of potato with a fancy name, a small piece of chorizo, a bit of salad and numerous pieces of baked onion, which seemed to have been shoved on to fill the plate up. The brussel sprouts which accompanied both dishes were in a small bowl which also contained small pieces of fatty bacon. The bacon had seeped into the sprouts, making them greasy, tastless and inedible. Sorry to do such a demolition job but we eat out quite a bit and our two mains were the worst we have had in many a year. And at £14/£15 each definitely not value for money. We would certainly go back to The Ship Inn because of its location and the beer but we would not try anything more adventurous than ham, egg and chips, sausage and mash or cod and chips because that would be courting disaster. Maybe we just caught it on a bad night.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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“What a gem! Excellent food and a fascinating setting.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

The new owners obviously thought long and hard about creating a gastro-pub of the highest quality but without losing the homeliness that locals (like us) can enjoy on a less formal basis. So, we have enjoyed both casual lunches and more formal group-eating in one of their upstairs rooms. The staff are very energetic, fun, and knowledgeable. From some tables (or outside in warmer weather) you can enjoy your feast with views of a thriving Creekside community. Thames barges converted to residential use, a marina (with ship works), and access to often breezy marshland walks along the Saxon Shore. The bar keeps beers from local micro-breweries for those who enjoy a good pint; there are wines to suit all palates. There is an impressive list of local suppliers of meats, vegetable, fish, dairy and bakery products. We have enjoyed more private eating in groups of up to 12 people up-stairs and have been impressed by suggestions for short menus for such a group - pre-booking is essential on busier days and evenings.
Conyer Quay is an isolated (for which you can read "peaceful") community that sits comfortably on a rare piece of raised land in what is otherwise marshland. Blissful at any time of the year. Worth making it a stop-off in circular walks from both Faversham and Sittingbourne too.

Visited December 2012
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“Mixed feelings about it”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

We went for a romantic meal last weekend! The setting is gorgeous and the restaurant itself is kept very well.

The head waitress couldn't bring me a glass of wine as said "sorry i don't know much about wine" when i asked for something sweet! the menu board was incorrectly written so we ordered and both items then were not available, they had run out of cream to accompany the pudding and I thought it was VERY expensive for the quality.

Also it's neither a pub or a restaurant it's both so we had a beautiful seat which was then spoilt by a large rowdy birthday party underneath us!

It was trying to be the sportsman in seasalter food wise which it was nowhere near. However the setting was lovely and I would return for a drink or to sit outside for lunch on a summers day.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Faversham, England, United Kingdom
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Smart modern pub with nice grub.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Good pub grub (I had bangers and mash) in the Ship which has been transformed from the depressing place it once was. Good value, cosy fire and friendly staff made it a very nice place for a midweek meal.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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