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“Windy location?” 4 of 5 stars
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West Stour, Gillingham SP8 5RP, England   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Gillingham
England
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102 reviews 102 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Windy location?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Pretty grim night when I booked in to The Ship Inn and the wind was howling through the windows of my room at the front of the hotel.
Big room with a double and two single beds.
Bathroom a bit tired but plenty of fluffy towels.
Slept OK and excellent breakfast the next morning was the highlight.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Westbury, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We always stop of at The Ship for lunch on our way back from Sherborne and have never been disappointed. An ever changing 'Specials Board' means there is alway something new to try and the food is cooked and presented to a very high standard for such a reasonable priced Inn.

The staf are always friendly and welcoming and it is just a lovely relaxed dining experience. Portions are always very good, but we were determined to make a sweet on our last visit and the Tiramisu was gorgeous - wanted to lick the plate!! Looking forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Our return to the Ship Inn was a lunch stop on the way home from a long weekend in north Devon. Gavin recognised us as 'that quiz lot' which is pretty impressive as we hadn't been there for four months. As before the pub is warm and friendly service was great and the food was top notch. This is now our first choice for a casual meal out in the area, looking forward to the next beer festival.
Top tip - try the Thai chicken burger, a great addition to the menu.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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58 hotel reviews
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100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

I have been twice this month with a family group of 9 and then 4 last night; both times to eat, not to stay.

All are agreed that in our searches of Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Somerset, this Inn is the complete package.

For us this means:

1 A cheery and professional welcome.
2 Service where nothing is too much trouble.
3. Informed view of the beers and wines.
4. Very good food with a balanced selection for vegetarians, meat and fish eaters.
5. Complementary bottles of water placed without having to ask.
6. Happy ambience - no need for musak.
7. That difficult to achieve thing-a local where regulars are welcome to drink whilst diners eat and neither takes obvious priority.
8. A bill that is correct!

I'd like to list two other things to make it a top ten, so....

9. A landlord who is genuinely interested in people and customer service.
10. Staff that are an excellent reflection of the attitude and standards of the landlord.

So, you may think the Top Ten goes without saying and ideally it should, but where else can you tick all ten?

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Bishops Castle, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We had a most fantastic dining experience on our first visit to this most lovely pub/hotel the food was quite simply excellent. The menu was different and varied the food lovingly prepared and presented from the first class service on arrival it would be difficult to better our overall experience.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

This is our first choice when dining out locally. Superb cuisine and service every time. Plat du jour plus extensive menu with seasonal variations. Recently enjoyed guinea fowl breast with cider gravy, caramelised apples with dauphinois potatoes and vegetables followed by Pimms strawberry and raspberry jelly. Food is always beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. Husband had Thai chicken burger with raspberry cheesecake to follow. A good place to celebrate with friends or family or to enjoy intimate dining for two.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

This is by far my favourite local pub. Gavin the landlord is the best I have ever come across. The food and menu is always excellent and great value for money. There is always a huge variety of excellent fresh fish. There are a lot of pubs in the area but I always come back to the Ship as the others cannot compare for price and experience.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: West Stour, Gillingham SP8 5RP, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Gillingham
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Gillingham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
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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The Ship Inn & Hotel Dorset/Gillingham

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