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“Gutted.”
Review of The Ship Inn

The Ship Inn
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Kingston Upon Thames
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Gutted.”
Reviewed May 7, 2014

We come down from the big city a couple of times a year for a long walk along West Wittering beach followed by lunch at The Ship. The former is still wonderful and alas the latter is not.

Don't know if there's been a change of management or simply they've got complacent but this place is a shadow of it's former self.

Service:
We arrived on time for our 1pm booking and stood around the 'wait to be seated' area. 4 or 5 staff walked past avoiding my eye contact so that they didn't have to deal with me. A simple 'I'll get someone to attend to you' is all one of these jobsworths would have to have said. In the end we got seated by a charming lady who we didn't see again. We were then waited on by 3 or 4 different young staff who ranged from utterly disinterested through to pretty brusque. We waited for ages for the food (like about half an hour) and things arrived in all over the place (mains before starters etc). The meal took about an three quaters of an hour longer than it should have.

Food:
Also gone down hill. Fish and chips were greasy, roast lamb was incredibly chewy (duff quality rather than overcooked), rest of it was ok.

So deeply disappointing and we now need to find somewhere else to go for lunch on our family days out.

Ps. Completely my fault but I also left a brand new North Face bodywarmer on the back of my chair. Given that by the time we left the only other occupied table in the restaurant was by very old age pensioners, i thought there was a very likely chance of getting it back. I rang when I got back home and then again the next day but the waiting staff had not found it, which surprised me.

  • Visited April 2014
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3 Thank NicL
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English first
Sarasota, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Very nice pub. Near the boating in Itchenor West Sussex”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

Had lots of meals here. Never disappointed. Nice log fire in the winter. Lots of tables outside in the summer.

  • Visited April 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Stayed the night in excellent cottage”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

We stayed for one night in the cottage and spent the evening in the pub next door for a wonderful meal. The cottage was extremely clean and comfortable and we were very pleasantly surprised. We were quite a large group with specific diet requirements but nothing was too much trouble with the kitchen making specific meals for 3 of us! The service in the bar and restaurant was fantastic and the real fires were very welcome! How we ate the breakfast the next morning I don't know but it was the best cooked breakfast I think I've ever had - perfectly cooked, not at all greasy, and excellent quality sausages and bacon. We will definitely return in the future.

  • Visited April 2014
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Hastings, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Lunch”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

Stopped at this pub on a recent girlie weekend. We were slightly disappointed with the roast as the meat was very rare (beef) and they brought us 2 dishes of veg for 7 people, to be fair, the staff did bring us extra veg at our request. The roast potatoes were anaemic and the meal was cold. I think the pub is essentially good as the other meals (fish and chips looked lovely) We would go again though as sometimes you can just catch a pub on a bad day. The staff were all terribly polite.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Julie S
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Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good food, excellent service”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

We were staying in the area and a party of 12 us came here for a meal on a very busy Sunday lunchtime (having booked in advance), The food was lovely and the service excellent. We brought our own birthday cake , which was brought to the table with the candles lit, and plates and cutlery were supplied. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

  • Visited March 2014
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