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The Ship Inn

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The Toft, Elie KY9 1DT, Scotland
+44 1333 330246
10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited twice during our New Year break at Elie and loved it. Had been there a few years before and the place has been transformed with a new bar and bigger but still cosy restaurant. Great views over the Elie and Earlsferry beach night and day. Food was amazing, highly recommend the steak and the desserts were amazing. Lovely staff... More 

Thank Lisa N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten here too many times to count over the years (been going to Elie since I was 5 and I am much older now!) and several times since the new owners took over. Having just spent a couple of weeks in Elie over the festive period we ate at the Ship Inn 3 times and on all occasions... More 

Thank Moirad
Auchtermuchty, United Kingdom
1 review
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I had been looking forward to a meal in the Ship Inn after a previous trip to Elie in which we didn't have time to have a meal out. The pub is beautiful with a cosy fire on a cold day. We were seated upstairs which has a very picturesque outlook. The restaurant was fairly quiet and... More 

1 Thank GrahamG70
Falkirk, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Ship Inn has done it for us once again!! We visited last year and had a wonderful time and never thought for a moment this could be surpassed. We enjoyed a gorgeous gala dinner on hogmanay with seven courses including lobster ravioli, line caught turbot with clams and the most melt in the mouth venison wellington we have ever... More 

Thank Brian M
St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really can't say enough about how pleased we all were with our dinner at the "Ship Inn". We were seated in the re-furbished upstairs dining room with excellent views and we all felt quite comfortable except for one dodgy chair which was changed out by the waiter. The staff were warm and friendly and the food was really good for... More 

Thank WilliamHorn
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been going to the Ship off and on since 1969. Not much changed over the yrears god food, polite warm service and a lightly genital men's club decor. The new owners have totally changed the place. It's light brigh bigger and most of all the toilets have been revamped. The food was good although putting the chip in a... More 

Thank lesley J
Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. The room was amazing with views of the beach. The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. The breakfasts were lovely as was the evening meal.

Thank Kathy S
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We always wanted to visit this pub and stopped off for lunch. There was a mixup in the kitchen and our food took a long time to arrive after I chased up the order. The food was excellent and the manager apologised profusely for the delay and even knocked £20 off the bill. We will certainly return

Thank Ian B
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

10 of us were staying in Pittenweem and decided, as it was such a beautiful day, we would go to The Ship Inn as they were holding an outside BBQ. We arrived about 1.30pm to find both the bar area inside and the outside area jam packed. A friend stood in the queue for the BBQ and I went to... More 

2 Thank Jim M
Rachel B, Owner at The Ship Inn, responded to this review

Dear Jim Thank you for your review and happy new year to you too. It was an extraordinarily busy day on 1st January and I am delighted that most people there had the right attitude and enjoyed their day with us, in the sunshine with a few drinks in hand. It had been very busy last year on the 1st... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped off for lunch. We were lucky to get there early (12 ish ) so got a love seat by the fire. The staff were friendly and helpful from serving drinks to serving food. The menu is just full of tempting dishes right down to vegetarian options. Planning to go back to try other dishes. We had Isle of Mull... More 

1 Thank GlasgowWeegie
Rachel B, Owner at The Ship Inn, responded to this review

Happy New Year GlasgowWeegie and I am delighted that you all enjoyed your lunch with us at The Ship Inn. We very much look forward to welcoming you back soon. With best wishes Rachel More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Toft, Elie KY9 1DT, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Fife  >  Elie
  • Phone Number: +44 1333 330246
The Ship Inn at Elie in Fife has long been one of Scotland's most iconic pubs, famous for its great views, stunning location, and even as the only pub in the world to have a cricket team with a pitch on the beach. The owners, Graham and Rachel Bucknall, who also run the Bridge Inn at Ratho (named as AA Pub of the Year in September 2014) purchased the Ship Inn, a pub they both knew very well, in late 2014. After a major 6-month renovation programme, they re-opened a transformed Ship Inn in the summer of 2015. 6 beautiful bedrooms were opened in March 2016. The inn is part of a row of old cottages by the harbour. At its heart is the bar where the comfy chairs and sofas beside the open fires and wood-burning stoves make a welcome sight, especially when it's windy and rainy outside. You are more than welcome just to call in for a coffee, but it's worth stopping longer for a pint, a whisky or a meal in the upstairs restaurant with its views of the bay. The same menu is offered throughout the inn - and if you have your dog with you, he or she is very welcome to join you downstairs - water, treats and even dog beds are provided. The food is of the hearty pub variety, but seafood, locally caught, is high on the menu. Graham and Rachel have also created delightful double and twin bedrooms, all with views of Elie Bay and the Firth of Forth. The Ship Inn is unique in the fact that it has the only cricket team in the UK that plays matches on the beach. From May to September, depending on the tide and after the sand has been rolled flat, the Ship's team hosts matches for other Scottish teams and touring teams from all over the world.

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