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user reviews of the Ship and Anchor, Ford

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Use the campsite regularly and am surprised by some of the comments - (and no, I am not the pub proprietor) Yes the landlady can be a littleā€¦.. larger than life but she is a no nonsense type of Scot who no doubt says what she thinks.
I have found her very welcoming and friendly, no problem taking the dog in, beer and food available to take away etc etc.
i think the food is exceptional for a pub. If you want Harvester prices go to Harvester. I sat in here a couple of months ago and watched a proper busy kitchen with a proper chef cooking proper food. You get what you pay for. It's not cheap but that's because it's cooked fresh, rather than brought in pre-packed from Brake Brothers and cooked by some teenager who knows nothing about cooking and just heats things up.
Incidentally there were quite a few locals drinking in there when I was last in, having walked from nearby Yapton where there is another good pub with a great music quiz on a Sunday night.
I'm not in the habit of leaving reviews on this site but thought I would try to balance it out a bit by telling people about my experiences.
Yes beware of opening times, not open Sunday nights, but this is one of my favourite spots in Sussex.
bigwasa - 15 Apr 2014 12:47
This was the third closed pub of the day for us. It doesn't look like it has closed for good. But very strange to see it closed on a Sunday evening. Although maybe its location on a caravan site has something to do with this. 0/10 for no beer in the evening.
blue_scrumpy - 5 Oct 2013 16:25
I know who wrote the last comment and can only say that I am surprised that even they have been shown the door,
A great couple and always most helpful,a pleasure to spend time with.
This pub is a waste of time as if you dont fit in with the landlady you are not welcome.
A truly sorry excuse for what was once a great traditional pub.
hairychap - 13 Apr 2012 16:17
A lot of comments have been written about this pub,some are fact,a lot are fiction so I have decided to put a genuine report in.
I have used this pub,the campsite and the marina for 26 years,I would not like to guess how much money I have spent here,
I have also provided the new years entertainment for 3 years without charge or recieving any kind of renumeration for it,I have repaired the tractor when it broke down free of charge.
All was well until the latest landlady who I can only describe as a hag arrived!
Without any warning I have been told to move my caravan off the site,I am not allowed in the pub,and they no longer need my custom!!!!!!!
I will say that at no point have I ever caused a problem in the establishment,Its just that I was the last of the locals!!!
Use this place if you wish but as far as I am concerned they can shove it where the sun dont shine!!!!
Influential - 12 Apr 2012 16:38
I have been drinking in the Ship and Anchor for just on 23 years but I was one of the locals told to drink somewere else as was the rest of the locals.The land lady is to pubs what Wayne Sleep is to rugby league.
We sent an unknown customer to check it out on a Saturday night and 2 people apart from him, I think this says it all.
We all drink in the Maypole now just round the corner nice and busy with a good pint and a landlord who wants you there.
Sorry Ship and Anchor you are the best pub in the south with the worst landlady
hughjampton - 31 Jan 2012 15:30
Have just returned from spending the bank holiday weekend at the Ship & Anchor campsite. Hard to believe some of the previous comments are about the same pub? I found the lady running the pub (Joy) to be pleasant, happy & extremely helpful, probably more than I'd experienced in most pubs I've been in (& that's quite a few!). I'd agree, the food & the beer are priced a bit high - but the quality was good. I'm a real ale drinker - which is something that a lot of pubs can get seriously wrong, not here though. As i say, apart from the prices I'd thoroughly recommend this place (& the campsite).
mutman - 30 Aug 2011 20:15
Several of us were supporting the Swimming Gardener on his Arun Pub Crawl and decided we would stop for drinks and a good view of all the brilliant swimmers who took part in this charity swim for the Chestnut Tree House and RNLI. I was astounded to be greeted by the proprietor who promptly made us all feel unwelcome. She said she couldn,t possibly accomodate us as it was a bank holiday weekend ! (?). Does she alway treat potential paying customers in this manner. It was a shame, we were having a wonderful time and all were in good spirits until the encounter with this woman. We had friends from Oxford with us, who had travelled down that morning, they understandably felt upset by the hostile reception we received. All we required was a sit down and some refreshments, which we found in a much friendlier atmosphere at the Look and Sea centre. I was just wondering if all the good reviews where actually written by the landlady herself - just a thought!
Jacqui77 - 31 May 2011 11:20
I had heard by word of mouth about the legendary animosity one could encounter at this pub, and 20-30 people on Saturday confirmed this. There was a charity event, a swim called the River Arun Pub Crawl, coming down the river to raise funds for a local Childrens Hospice. When a group of spectators came to the Ship and Anchor to watch the swimmers and have a drink, they were turned away in no uncertain terms despite explaining to the landlady what they were doing. They left, and some ended up at The Arun View, some went back to the Black Rabbit, where they were welcomed, warmed and spent their money. I am sorry that local legend has on this occasion proved correct.
landman02 - 30 May 2011 14:32
Just had a fab weekend at the camp site next to this pub. I had read these reviews before going, so was a little worried. I have to say I was so pleasantly surprised, the food was really very good, the land lady couldn't do enough, was so welcoming & friendly. We had quite a few children with us & this didn't seem to bother her or any of the staff. I have never written a review on anything before...but felt I had to here as the other reviews have been unjust in my opinion. Wish I could go back for their Sunday roast today!
MinnieLane - 30 May 2011 12:50
Last Saturday a group of 15 swimmers swam from The Black Rabbit in Arundel to Littlehampton down the River Arun raising money for our local Childrens Hospice. A group of supporters (about 9 cars full) had planned to stop at the Ship and Anchor for a drink/snack while cheering on the swimmers as they passed. However the landlady of the pub was completely unwelcoming to the first supporters to arrive that we all decided to go on down to Littlehampton where we received a warm welcome and had hot drinks and food. This was a really black spot on an otherwise very successful day.
Orsato - 30 May 2011 09:59
Visited the pub last Sunday intended to have Sunday roast, found prices had doubled and Mrs Taggert the landlady to be quite rude when we commented on this .Had lunch in the" Oyster catcher" down the road for a lot less and pleasent staff.
scmickel - 28 May 2011 15:33
Visited the pub a couple of weeks back on a Saturday afternoon. Cheery enough staff with a decent pint or two and a reasonable sized beer garden. Ordered a couple of hot baguettes that were nice but on the expensive side at £8 each.

Biggest trade is obviously from the camp and caravan site so enjoyed the sport of watching couples having stayed in a tent together one night too long arguing.

Would pop in again when next in Ford. and only 5 minutes from the station.
Mad123 - 18 May 2011 17:42
I visited this pub over the weekend and was dismayed to find it had changed since my last visit and not for the better!
I spent a week camping at the site last year and thought I had found a real country pub,It had a great atmosphere and quite a few really friendly locals who were all most helpful and made our week there a real pleasure.
On this visit there was a new landlady who was very loud and a bit overbearing,I ordered our drinks and enquired about the local people I had met on my last visit and was told that they didnt like the changes that had been made so did not come in any more,they were not needed and were not welcome!!!
The food was vastly overpriced as was the beer,It took an age to get served and the atmosphere was non existent!!
I will not be returning,
hairychap - 3 May 2011 11:18
I must say I agree i to think the first 3 reviews must be written by the landlord. As for the advert in Taste magazine surely that must be trades discription. Atmosphere? Freindly? Lifeless, Boring and expensive. All I can say is what famous pies and pasties????
dougabd - 30 Apr 2011 19:27
There once was a pub that welcomed its regular customers, there once was a pub that catered for all its regular customers, there was once was a pub that didn't rip off its regulars. Its no longer this pub.
Ignore the advert in the Taste magazine.
It's not friendly, there is no atmosphere - no music, no games, no reasonably priced food, no people ..... at least not locals. If asked for your opinion, dont give it, you will be barred if there is any hint of negativity. Shame really it was a lovely country pub,
beach - 29 Apr 2011 22:08
Well I think the last 3 reviews must have been writen by the landlord.
I used this pub when Rose and Arthur ran it and it about 2 years ago and it was busy busy. Good CHEAP food well kept beer, pool table darts and a juke box.A country pub.
The new landlord has scrapped the pool, darts and jukebox in favor of more tables and chairs. WHY the place was empty, then you look at the price of the food and you can see why (high class prices)
I wont be returning.
Bring back country pubs
schweps - 25 Apr 2011 09:02
Again this pub has more to offer. Not only is the food exceptional, and the welcome warm but now you can take your favourite tipple home with you in the form of a 4 pint container. There is a deposit but I think that once you've taken the tipple then I believe that you will prefer to stay and enjoy the atmosphere and make this your local or at least your preferred watering hole.
Jax48 - 20 Feb 2011 14:47
This pub goes from good to better every time I visit. Joy an Paul are going out of their way to improve the reputation of the pub. They are putting more and more tempting meals your way and nothing is to much trouble for them to make your visit unforgettable.
Don't be shy, drop in and give it a go,The door is always open (except Mondays) in the winter months.
Jax48 - 9 Feb 2011 14:41
What can I say? This pub offers a warm welcome and good beers. The licencees are very welcoming and offer a wide range of home made meals. Joy and Paul are aware of their customers needs and always willing to ensure that the customer is satisfied. The food is 100% satisfying as is the warm welcome.
The whole atmosphere is warm and inviting and nothing is much trouble. If you are a walker, boater or just passing by the welcome is second to none. So enjoy the the pleasure of this very welcolming pub . The menu changes weekly; so give it a go. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE MISSING.
Jax48 - 2 Jan 2011 14:33
We came across this pub whilst looking for a place to stay in the motorhome one night as it's right bedside the campsite field. It looked fabulous from the outside and was perfectly located for us to pop in for a pint and something to eat. It wasn't that busy but the landlord was friendly, beer good and food tasty as well. The TV was on for the football scores and we even had a few games of pool out the back. I'd really recommend this pub (especially if you're camping as well as you won't have to drive home after) and we'll be certain to return one day.
Saifa - 22 Apr 2010 18:19
Popped in this lunch time and there was one other person in here who looked as tho he was on a flying visit. Its a nice pub but it has a boring feel to it no music or tv was on when i was in there, its the sort of pub that relies on the regulars and the tourists in the summer. At £3.20 a pint of Fosters and just 2 real ales (Ringwood Best and 49er) i wont be hurring back.
superseagulls - 31 Mar 2010 15:13
The terrible previous history of this poor excuse for a ale house should not prevent you from opening the door into its heartfelt welcome now.
A new managment team awaits the thirsty traveler,and what a difference six months plus can make,now there are other people to talk to, i think they are known as customers,(never seen them here before).
A good selection of well kept ales,Trafalger,Arundel,and the pubs favorite tipple Betty Stokes,Kronenburg,Stella, to name but a few.
Food menu is varied and filling,Steaks,burgers,fish,and thats just scratched the surface of the food menu,for those that are hungry and brave enough, try the mixed grill, it goes on forever, and for under eight pounds it wont break the bank.
The pub is almost in the river Arun,from the bank views towards Arundel and beyond await you.
So come and give it a try, I for one will be sure you will return again and again, Arthur and Rose have worked hard to turn this place around, you owe it to yourself not to pass on this pub.

clapham - 8 Sep 2005 10:59

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