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The Ship Inn, Alnwick - pub details

Ship Inn

Address: Newton Square, Low Newton by the Sea, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 3EL [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 31978) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Chathill (4 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.1/10 (rated by 19 users)
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Grey's Inn, Embleton (1.3 miles), Blink Bonny, Alnwick (1.9 miles)


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Lovely small pub in a great setting, just off a magnificent beach. There are seats out front or, if there are taken, plenty of grass to sit on and admire the view.

Brew their own beer (and sell bottles to take away). I sampled and enjoyed the Red Herring, a ruby ale, and there was a stout and at least one other as well as other more standard stuff on tap.

It does get busy but it's very civilised, with a patient queue (rather than a scrum where those with loudest voices and biggest elbows get served first).

We visited on a lunchtime when I don't think they take bookings for food, but they serve until about 2.30pm. I enjoyed a good Ploughmans with big helpings of two cheeses from local Doddington Dairy and excellent home-made chutney.

For those who are bothered, they do take payment by card now !
JJWalks - 13 Jun 2018 23:24
Visited on a very cold May Saturday lunchtime. The place was faultless. They don't take cards but this was the only minor problem. Beer was excellent. Food was served promptly and was delicious. Staff were knowledgable and helpful. Looking forward to returning.
Beverley_boy - 20 May 2012 20:54
Went there on Friday afternoon. There were plenty of seats and the beer was excellent. People who insist on paying for drinks with debit cards (particularly when pubs are busy) are a pain in the backside anyway - what's wrong with making sure you've got enough cash? A nice pub, and probably better off without the moaners.
paul154 - 28 Jun 2011 15:26
Quite frankly I am amazed at people rating a pub poorly because it doesn't take the method of payment they wish to proffer. Surely one has some cash ??? This pub is superb, a shining beacon of a pub of how to do it! Other pubs which may take debit cards are pale comparisons.
mineisalandlord - 18 Sep 2010 18:06
Not surprised at the low rating this pub gets, despite it constantly being mentioned in travel guides etc. The only good point it has is the location, which is beautiful and handy if you're walking the coast.

It's always packed with tourists/walkers so getting a seat is well nigh impossible, food is pricey and only served for an hour in the evening. Service is slow and indifferent. Beer selection is limited. They don't take cards so if you've got no cash you're out of luck. The throngs of people desperate to get in or get served can make the place feel chaotic and claustrophobic.

If there was anywhere else to go they might make more of an effort, but there's always a steady supply of cagoules stomping in so they don't have to. I can't believe the number of times I've trekked all the way out here and been frustrated or disappointed. Yet we still go because of where it is.
lameplanet - 1 Sep 2010 17:32

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