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The Ship Inn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
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120-122 Harbour Street, Irvine KA12 8PZ, Scotland
+44 1294 279722
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went to the Ship on a recommendation from a friend. I found the food to be average. I had fish and chips with mushy peas. The meal was poorly presented. The batter on the fish was soggy and greasy. The staff were very pleasant and could not fault the service. Will not return.

Thank Reeniemo
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The oldest pub and eatery in Irvine. Established by the late Ian Murray and now run by his two sons. I have had many meals here and always first class and reasonably priced.

Thank Alan D
Troon, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been here several times and I love the food and ambience. The staff are friendly and it is a clean place.

Thank Leli777
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Definetly my familys favourite restaurant to go to in our near by vacinity. Food is outstanding especially the chicken and pastry with orange sauce with the most amazing mashed potato. Staff r very friendly. Only thing to point out is doesnt serve chips which didnt bother me but might others

Thank Teebee1986
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have known the Ship Inn for many years now. It has evolved from a good pub to an excellent pub. I love the fact they have a separate gluten free menu as one of our party is coeliac. This was a cold wet February Saturday lunch time in Scotland. The Pub was warm and welcoming. Table was roomy by... More 

Thank Simon W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great value with a large variety of options. Lovely atmosphere and helpful staff, all around good value for money whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Thank chr1551h
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped off here for lunch on a blustery cold day, inside was filled with lots of historical items and original features menu had a good selection of dishes from soup and a sandwich to stake and chips prices were reasonable staff were friendly helpful and courteous woud eat here again if I were in the area.

Thank Thomas M
Largs, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first visit here for a while as we had heard there had been changes and that's not always a good thing . There was no need to worry though as we had a fantastic lunch which was just as good if not better than before. I had a veggie pie which was the best I've ever had.... More 

Thank studenteternal
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for dinner, 2 adults 1 child. Could have taken the dog as they have a pet area in the restaurant. Been many times before and can't fault food or service. It was Thursday night and they do 2 for 1 burgers so that's what we had. Daughter had Mac n cheese n loved it. Lovely wee pub, would definitely... More 

Thank bazza2809
Ayrshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Consistently good choice and standard of food in a unique venue . Staff always friendly and helpful. Lovely atmosphere.

Thank Max3123

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 22
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120-122 Harbour Street, Irvine KA12 8PZ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Ayrshire  >  North Ayrshire  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: +44 1294 279722
The Ship Inn is a traditional pub which dates back to the 1500s. It was here that Robert Burns found that his poetry was more than just a hobby and the proprietor Charles Hamilton helped fund Burns first publication. We have been a family run business with a hands on approach to service and customer interaction since 1989. The Pub has a strong food operation which serves traditional pub food to a high standard. Food is made on site by our team of chefs using locally sourced fresh ingredients. Winner of Sunday Mail pub of the year 2005Tam Cowan Daily Record " it'll float your boat" 23/25Scottish licensed trade news Pub caterer of the year 2006. Finalist for Scottish Pub Food 2016, Scottish hospitality & entertainment awards. Dog friendly Pub of the year 2015/6 Dram Awards. 2nd Place Dog friendly establishment for uk 2106, Dugs and Pubs awards

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?