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Ship Inn, Blaxhall

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Simple, traditional pub tucked away in rural Suffolk. Old fashioned bar, nothing fancy and all the better for it. Three ales on when i visited (Adnams, a GK special and a Green Jack from Lowestoft). The food looked good although I didn't try it. Seemingly Blaxhall has a tradition of local folk music and The Ship is at the heart of it although there was no music on when I visited. Worth a visit if you're in the area.
JonRambo - 15 Sep 2019 21:42
Decent village pub offering a selection of real ales including Mauldoons Black Adder, Timothy Taylors and Adnams. Friendly atmosphere and appears to be well-patronised by locals. Although we didn't sample them, they also offer food, accommodation and entertainment - mainly folk music.
Mike_Oxford - 3 Sep 2018 16:01
Pleasant little country pub with a main bar and, what they call, the restaurant.
The food is quite good, and is reasonably priced. There were three beers on when we visited - nothing spectacular, just the standard Adnams and Woodfordes. They were ok though.

The evening musical entertainment was very good, and I would return purely for that. However, the "entertainment" provided by a few of the locals, who had been drinking for most of the afternoon, was appalling. Unfortunately, the staff did nothing to quiet them down or ask them to moderate their language - They just kept serving them more drinks. It is for this reason that I have awarded a rating of 4/10, otherwise it would be a 7.
Phantom_Pigeon - 26 Nov 2016 14:54
Charming pub, pity the ale wasn't very well kept when I visited.
Miles007 - 19 Feb 2013 14:07
Really nice pub, good welcome from the staff when you step through the door. Nice selection of beers on hand pump, up to four real ales. They are selling the low alcohol Tolly English Ale for 2.50 unlike some who want to charge the same as normal beer.
Nice selection of food at reasonable prices and very nice it is too!
Live music some evenings which can be fun, try Monday lunchtime when some of the locals perform very entertaining!
GussGuzzler - 28 Apr 2012 12:17
A decent country pub, a very pleasant time can be spent here any time of the year. Nice food and beer with a good choice.
andyw1260 - 27 Nov 2011 14:55
When we visited at Easter, we were lucky enough to be able to sit out at the front and soak up the sun and enjoy the views at this lovely rural pub. The staff and locals were charming and the beer was fine.
BiffoBeer - 4 May 2011 14:10
What an excellent pub, the landlord gave us a very friendly welcome when we first walked in. There were six hand-pumps all with beer on, Adnams Bitter, Timothy Taylor's Landlord and Woodfordes Wherry are the main beers while the other three pumps have guest beers on.
On this occasion it was Rusty Bucket and Morris Mayhem, can't remember the third one.
I tried the Wherry and the Landlord and they were both in very fine condition.
Since our first visit we have returned several times and on each occasion the landlord has said hello to us and been very pleasant. The food at the pub is extremely good and time needs to be spent reading the blackboards for whats on offer. It will be a regular haunt of ours as not only is the beer kept well they serve some great food and they give a warm welcome.
An superb pub!
gusguzzler - 24 Jul 2010 16:38


Tatty but genuine village local full of the locals. Great to see ,and hear the burr of the Suffolk accent, in a peacefully quiet if not idyllic village

In the Adnams world that is flat ,it is heartening to have a pub in this area with non Adnams beers, as good as the latter is (and prompted me to hold their stock).

5 real ales available. Wherry, brewers gold and cottage were on , for my visit.

The Adnams Old Ale (2.80) was very reasonably priced and in perfect condtion.What a great style of beer it is.I only wish we saw more of it.

The perfect way to celebrate seeing a Bittern form 5 yards.

I wish this pub continued success

R15
Polypinmath - 22 Mar 2010 10:07
Popped in on a sunday afternoon at 4pm had quite a few people in with a nice local atmosphere. The staff behind the bar could not be more friendly and my son certainly enjoyed the four ferrets stashed in the back garden. Nice selection of beers - and for once a non Adnams pub. My bitter was very pleasant. It was a lovely sunny afternoon gazing over a wheat field - a glorious english country pub day
mrsdonkers - 21 Jun 2009 19:53
Very good allrounder with a genuine local feel. Beer range was sensible (though Green Jack not great), and atmosphere preferable to the more middle class pubs closer to Southwold.
mtaylor40 - 1 Jun 2009 19:36
Been using this pub since it opened a year ago.
It's without doubt the best pub within the Suffolk Heritage Coast region. A little out of the way but worth the effort. Sharon used to be the chef at The Crown in Snape, so if you know that one you'll know the food will be good, if a somewhat more simplified menu + reasonable (for Suffolk!) prices. Usually min. 6 real ales plus range of Ciders & lagers. Great live music & when the sun's out .....bliss. This pub has gone from strength to strength in such a sort time.
Also has cheapish/good accommodation. Keep up the good work.
thewiderview - 10 Jun 2008 23:01
Now under new ownership and open at all the usual times. Serves great food and a variety of well kept ales. Great local pub, friendly landlord, live music and relaxed atmosphere and dogs allowed! My new local!
georgetig - 5 Feb 2008 20:22
Update on Blaxhall Ship, It has apparently been sold to someone familiar with or local to the area and they have said (on Look East or Anglia T.V. news) that their intention is to bring back regular folk nights and to run it as a local again which is very good news and if they do, I for one wish them every success.
I missed the T.V. news item but am told that it all appeared very positive.
Hops_n_Malt - 7 Apr 2007 11:02
It might get a bit more custom if it opened regularly.
As I said in my last review, it's off the beaten track, if the owners cannot be bothered to open regularly, why should the Punters bother to waste time, effort and petrol attempting to support it, no wonder they claim its unviable, how the hell can any business be viable if it does'nt open for trade.
I can only assume that Jazper who reviewed on 4-12-2006 slipped through a time warp and experienced the Pub as it was twenty years ago.
Hops_n_Malt - 14 Mar 2007 22:19
The current owners recently had an application for change of use turned down (Jan. 2007) it appears the planning committee did'nt agree with their claim that the Pub was not viable, THREE CHEERS! for Suffolk Coastal Council.
Several years back I used this little gem frequently, a Pub full of history and character and with the right stewardship could no doubt be again, the village of Blaxhall is small and of the beaten track but this pub was always busy despite this, offering good beer, great banter, decent reasonably priced food and regular Folk sessions, as I said a Gem just waiting for someone to polish it back to life.
Hops_n_Malt - 3 Feb 2007 11:32
If you like an old fashioned pub - real ale, real fire, real food, real music (played by a real landlord), then this is the one for you. This pub is in the middle of nowhere and desperately needs your support if it is to survive. I have no connection with the pub, but wish I had.

Try it (but don't take the kids!).
jazper - 4 Dec 2006 22:37

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