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The Ship Inn

$$ - $$$, British,
120-122 Harbour Street, Irvine KA12 8PZ, Scotland
+44 1294 279722
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“steak pie” (123 reviews)
“cullen skink” (32 reviews)
“mash” (41 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
120-122 Harbour Street, Irvine KA12 8PZ, Scotland
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1 - 10 of 905 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Excellent meal very good service. Stornoway black pudding was delicious. Steak pie was awesome. Haggis Neeps and tatties was enjoyed by two and Mac cheese by Carol.

Thank Craghopper318
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been coming here for years and every time we are never dissapeared the service is second to none. The meals are cooked to perfection and the area they now have for the dogs is a great addition. All the staff are friendly and...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my partner for a spot of birthday lunch and we took the dog with us. There is a special area for you sir with the dog which is excellent. The food is very much pub food but was excellent and very tasty. We...More

Thank Anne H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So we visited the Ship Inn on Monday night fairly early in the evening and had no problem at all getting a table. Situated at Irvine harbour with plenty of parking very close to hand. As we entered the pub/restaurant we were warmly greeted by...More

Thank Willmcknight01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Met relatives at the Ship Inn and had 2 dogs with us. There is a side area for dogs and their families. Clean and had bowls of water for the dogs. Also they gave them a treat each. The food was delicious and the service...More

2  Thank Ros W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love going here for a treat. The food is always good and the welcome from staff warm and sincere. Nearly always have Steak Pie, sooo good.

1  Thank LindaP1959
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been here before .. very nice food .. only get a certain time for dining.. would visit again if in irvine

Thank Johanne F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very disappointing service We were kept waiting ages to be served and then for food to be delivered Seemed very cliquey

Thank brackenblair
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have frequented this pub numerous times over the years and we used to rave about it the last time we visited it we felt let down by it just wasn't the same but we thought we would give it another chance, we arrived and...More

1  Thank Karan C
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Great pub restaurant food is fantastic. Been a few times and never had a bad experience. Great that dogs are welcome as so close to the beach you can walk the dog then pop in for drinks lite meals or full menu. Staff are friendly...More

Thank DawnDunlop
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Questions & Answers
20 July 2017|
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Response from Talamhgirl | Reviewed this property |
There is a vegetable crepe-as I recall it had mushroom and asparagus in a creamy sauce. Also do good fish and chips.
23 February 2017|
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Response from Thomas M | Reviewed this property |
22 November 2015|
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Response from ScottishGrace | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, I just rang to check. As they are a family run business they are closed for Christmas Day. It's only one of 2 days that they are closed in the whole year.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 24
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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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
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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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