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“What a bargain in a beautiful place” 5 of 5 stars
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High Street, Porlock, Exmoor National Park, England   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Bristol, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“What a bargain in a beautiful place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

They have a special offer on from November until March - two nights for the price of one - fantastic. The pub is a proper old fashioned pub with great food and lots of locals. The breakfast was very filling and tasty and the rooms are clean and comfortable. Lots of lovely walks from here and the Bottom Ship have a special offer of fish, chips and a pint for £7 on a Friday night - that was lovely and tasty. Top place to stay and the staff are very nice as well.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

We stayed here for two nights. Yes it is a little shabby but most of it is the original building and has so much atmosphere. It was good being able to take the dogs with us, they tucked in nicely under the table and behaved. Breakfast was nice and what we expected for such a traditional place (no marmalade though). We have dinner there both evenings, first evening better than second (down to our choice I think). We had husband had steak and said it was better than one he had paid nearly £30 for the week before! Second night chose the chicken pie which I wasnt too keen on - obviously a big pot of filling prepared in a pan and plonked on the plate with a puff pastry disc cooked separately and lay next to it. I know this is a fairly common way of doing pie in catering but it looked so unappealing.

Really enjoyed the break, very friendly and helpful staff. Point - watch some of the locals with their dogs, they let them wander around the pub off the lead, a bit of a shock for my nervous little one.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Ate here after short walk from nearby campsite at Burrowhayes. Excellent food- 13 year old son saying it was the best burger he had ever had.....Good sized portions and enjoyed the company of dogs at adjacent tables. As others have said, it does look a little tired, but good play area outside for young children and friendly staff.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We went on a tour of Devon & Cornwall for a few days having booked nothing in advance, We prefer to stay in pubs if possible and found this little gem at about 6pm on 27th August and given the choice of two rooms. The staff were very helpful and friendly and the room we chose was small but well kitted out with en-suite and everything you could possibly want. The food was great and well presented and tasty. All in all an old fashioned inn we can thoroughly recommend.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This place was recommend to us by the owner of our B&B and we ended up eating here 2 nights out of three. We thought the food was really good. The pub looks a little shabby from the outside but don't let this put you off. You can eat in either the pub or the restaurant. If you are not a dog lover then eat in the restaurant as every one in the pub seemed to have a dog with them. This didn't bother us as all the dogs were very well behaved. all in all, a good pub serving good food with a good atmosphere. give it a try.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Stayed at the top ship in porlock for 1night which was long enough . The room was drab and unwelcoming . The breakfast was the worst I had ever been served , bacon looked like it had been boiled , the whole meal was tasteless , the butter portion and toast were all on the same plate .

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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England
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20 hotel reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We went to Porlock for a week last week and met friends for tea here. There is seating outside and a nice play area for kids. Dogs are allowed in the bar area but not sure about the restaurant. I had the chicken and broccoli pie with mash and veg. The meal was ok with a nice puff pastry top but a little cold for my liking. My husband had the hunters chicken with a loaded potato and salad. The loaded potato was a little burnt on top. The food and drinks are reasonably priced here and it is a nice little country pub with polite and friendly staff. I would pop in if passing again for drinks but maybe not food. Overall an ok experience.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: High Street, Porlock, Exmoor National Park, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Porlock
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Porlock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
The Ship Inn Porlock, England

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