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“English pub accommodation as you expect” 4 of 5 stars
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High Street, Porlock, Exmoor National Park, England   |  
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“English pub accommodation as you expect”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Great food, nice atmosphere in the bar, friendly staff, dogs welcome, good beer...so just what you want in an English pub when staying over.

Rooms are comfy, a bit on the shabby side, but ok overall. Very warm and cosy on a cold winter's night.

Room Tip: Pay the £10 extra for a large room
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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West Midlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

The Top Ship Inn offers fabulous home cooked food, a cosy atmosphere, excellent and attentive staff and great accommodation. We had a wonderful family break here and will definitely be returning in the near future.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Stayed here several times in recent years with 3-4 friends for mountain biking weekends and love it. Great beer, good food, friendly and competent staff and good value rooms. Perfect for mountain biking I think. Why stay anywhere else? The Bottom Ship in Porlock Weir is almost as good but a little further from the best riding.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Solihull, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Louth
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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.

Room Tip: We chose room 10 as it has a staircase down to the car park, very easy for luggage and for going out...
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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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Additional Information about The Ship Inn

Address: High Street, Porlock, Exmoor National Park, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Porlock
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 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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