Thursday night supper, and the Ship was very quiet, no drinkers at the bar, and the restaurant only had a few tables occupied. However we were still asked if we had reserved a table (which we hadn't), and were then shown to a tiny round table in a corner by the patio doors. The space was so small that we elected to eat in the bar, and order at the bar ourselves rather than have waitress service. There was only one other couple eating in the bar so we were able to sit at a spacious and comfortable table. At no time during the evening did other diners arrive - so I am amiss at why were were not offered a larger table in the restaurant area. Perhaps they were expecting a large crowd which didn't arrive?
My partner ordered the Filet steak with lobster tail, and I chose the ham egg and chips.
We shared a garlic cheese flat bread to start which was lovely, however the filet steak was not so good - the steak was overcooked ,the lobster tail tiny and the side salad was a small bunch of leaves with a slice of tomato plonked on top, which had withered due to the warmth of the plate. Lovely chips served in a bowl - why not the salad in a bowl and the chips on the plate.
My ham was not of the home-cooked variety and a bit tough, served with one small fried egg, the ubiquitous bowl of chips and a sea of bland peas. At around £40 (not including the drinks), I think the food is very expensive for what is delivered. The ship is in a lovely spot, and beautifully decorated inside, and all the staff are very warm and friendly, but there are better food venues in Lymington.
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