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The Ship at Dunwich
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dunwich
Certificate of Excellence
Colchester, United Kingdom
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“Pleasant sailing aboard The Ship...”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

We first stayed here 12 years ago when it was a lovely village pub with decent food and cosy rooms. When we stayed here recently we discovered that it was a....lovely village pub with decent food and cosy rooms. In fact the food was better. The cooked breakfast was excellent, there were plenty of choices throughout the day and a specials board. Colin's Sticky Toffee Pudding is highly recommended by Mr Hobo. The beer was well kept and there were several choices available. Service was good - there was almost always someone at the bar during the day to answer queries. We reported a slight problem with the room and it was dealt with efficiently. This is a country pub, it's not a hotel, there may be times when the bar is unoccupied for a few minutes but there are always other staff around too. There is a lovely feel to this old place - plenty of different rooms downstairs to move to if you didn't want to stay in the bar - a large dining room, a smaller dining room, a conservatory, outside courtyard area and large sloping beer garden. There are radiators in the dining rooms if it gets too cold. We welcomed the bar policy - this is a pub, the bar area is the only haven for adult conversation and escape - the dog owners that we encountered had their animals on a lead and kept their dogs at their feet or under the table - if any started misbehaving they were led away to their dog friendly rooms or put in their car with no fuss. We stayed in a small room at the top of the building - it was clean and comfortable with adequate facilities and we slept well. Mrs Hobo wants me to book a room again - and I will. We highly recommend boarding the good Ship at Dunwich.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Popped into the Ship whilst on holiday in the area for lunch. The lunch menu was, we felt somewhat limited if you didn't want a hot meal - which we didn't - went for the Reedcutters Platter which for what you got was overpriced - so a light lunch platter and soft drink for two £25. Serving staff were very pleasant but bar staff very 'disinterested' on the whole. Our experience could have been better. There are many better in the area.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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bedfordshire
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

This was a wonderful place for a late summer break with our two cocker spaniels. Very dog friendly and our room opened up into the pub garden which was great. Very helpful staff and good service. The pub is close to the beach and there are a number of fantastic dog walks. Food was great and we enjoyed the local cider.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bishops Stortford
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

We've been coming to the Suffolk coast since the 1970s, usually staying in Walberswick but more recently Aldeburgh, so know the area well, yet had never stayed at The Ship in Dunwich.

We had had lunch at The Ship a couple of times before (excellent) so decided to try it for a one night stop-over to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

We checked if we could bring one of our dogs, which we could - as Dunwich is a particularly dog friendly place.

We arrived for lunch. A very busy pub but served quickly. A bit taken-aback at £29 for two "average" ploughmans and and one and a half pints of Adnums.

We had taken the last room available on the first floor overlooking a rear courtyard which suffered from severe solar gain, being south facing. Rather noisy too, but not a bother for us - it is a pub after all! It was a small room but that was not a problem either. All rather cosy. Sadly, the bathroom was rather grim. The bath had seen better days and the toilet seat was cracked, split and hence rather unhygienic.

Saturday pm. After a wonderful walk along the windswept beach and a stroll through the derelict friary we had dinner in the bar. Fantastic starters, plus fish and chips and 3 pints of Adnums too. How come this came to £35 after such an expensive lunch?

I had a good night's sleep but my wife found the room just too hot for comfort.

Sunday, another brisk and very windy walk on the beach, followed by an excellent English breakfast. Throughout our stay the (young female) staff were simply outstanding. Welcoming, efficient and friendly and constantly made a fuss of our beagle. Service in the bar area was nothing less than excellent.

Summary.

Bear in mind this is an AA 2 Star establishment - an "inn" not an hotel. Good value. Excellent staff (and I mean really excellent). And (generally) good food and beer too. Cosy.

Our bedroom was very clean but....our bathroom needed an upgrade. The only real "fly in the ointment".

Verdict: Recommended. Hopefully, - as part of a hotel group - the bathroom issue will get attended to.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Southwold, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Nipped into the Ship after a lovely walk with my two children and Dad for a quick 1/2 a pint and a warm up. After spending money on the drinks we were told no children in the bar, we sat in the conservetory which was chilly and all the tables were grubby, so we sat outside which was cold. Thanks for the warm welcome.
If you're going to take someones money have the decency to explaine the rules firsts.
OK if you own a snappy barking dog by the way, there were three in the bar, all barking at each other and the pub even supplied free dog biscuits!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Had a great lunch here a few days ago, our dog was welcomed warmly too. Would definitely visit again. Fish was extremely fresh, chips perfdct and the choice of puddings was fantastic! No hesitation in recommending The Ship

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dorset
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

We were attracted to The Ship as the location sounded wonderful, which it was, so close to the beach, and the Alastair Sawday write up was glowing. I feel that his inspectors cannot have been there for some time.

Our main disappointment was the restaurant and bar. The bar was ok, but not very clean. The dining room is terrible, no atmosphere, dead flowers on the tables, and not much service. All orders are placed at the bar, the waitresses will not even take an order for coffee! Breakfast in the dining room was as basic as could be. They could do so much better with very little effort.

Our room was small, which was fine for two nights, the bathroom very nice. However, it overlooked the courtyard so we could be seen from there, and it was noisy.

There was no evidence of a manager which could be part of the problem.
We dined at the Westleton Crown on the second night which could not have been a greater contrast. Wonderful service, fantastic food and really nice dining rooms and terrace. If we go back to that area we will definitely stay there.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Ship at Dunwich
Address: St. James's Street, Dunwich IP17 3DT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Dunwich
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dunwich
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — The Ship at Dunwich 2*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once a haunt of smugglers, The Ship Inn isn't just a great place to eat, drink, relax and get away from it all – we like to think it's also part of a great story. Now a quiet, idyllic village surrounded by nature reserves, heathland and beach, only the romantic ruins of Dunwich monastery remain to hint at the fate of this once thriving medieval port claimed by the waves during a terrible storm. It's said you can still hear the peal of the church bells beneath the waves. While we can't guarantee that, there are certain, more earthly things we're always happy to provide… real ales, real food and a real fire. You will find: a great pub, home-cooked food in our restaurant, a cosy hotel with comfortable, traditionally furnished bedrooms, some with views across the sea or marshes. There is also an enormous garden dotted with fruit trees (including our 300 year old fig tree) and a beach that really is just a couple of minutes walk away. Whether you want to use it as a base to explore this wild and wonderful coastline, enjoy some of the best fish and chips on the Suffolk coast or simply indulge in a pint or two of Adnams, The Ship Inn at Dunwich extends the warmest of welcomes. ... more   less 
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