We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

The Ship Inn Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
West Stour, Gillingham SP8 5RP, England
+44 1747 838640
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

59 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 58: English reviews
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

What a delightful atmospheric gastro pub . Open fires , fantastic beers & ciders served with a smile & sincerity . Went back for Sunday lunch which was just sublime . Thoroughly recommend, I love my pub lunches & this is definitely one of my favourites, Shame it's a 140 miles away but we will be back 👍

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Warminster, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I have had several lunches at this charming pub on the A30 between and each time the food has been excellent pub grub at reasonable prices in a nice atmosphere and reasonable prices for both food and drink. A good selection of local beers, and friendly, efficient service. Easy parking.

Thank asaint69
Sherborne, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
48 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

We had the best lunch again at this wonderful inn, the staff are brilliant always attentive. The owner has it running like clockwork, we are never let down, the food always very, very, good. I hope we can return again, soon.

Thank kstr6
Gillingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Really happy friendly fast service exceptionally accommodating. Food really good lots of choice and very tasty, just like home cooking. Roast potatoes and lamb beef pork exceptionally yummy. Atmosphere so comfortable even though there was a lot of guests didn't feel crowded or rushed and the log fire was really welcoming. Recommend this pub very highly best around for miles!

1 Thank smilebigtoday
Gillingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Always a pleasure to visit this pub friendly staff good food lunch or dinner . Nice choice on the menu. A very relaxed feel with well spaced tables. Good for families or couples with a traditional feel. Would recommend

Thank 493lol
Sherborne, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Friendly welcoming staff and excellent food. I can recommend the roast pork, lovely, will definitely be returning in the near future. Many thanks.

Thank Gaynor S
Level Contributor
21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

We love this traditional and welcoming pub but don't visit it enough. We booked a table for five of us last Saturday and weren't disappointed. Great choice of menu with dishes to suit every palate. I chose the chicken and hock cobbler which with the fresh veges was cooked to perfection. We ate in the restaurant but for an informal... More 

Thank Maddie A
Heraklion, Greece
Level Contributor
45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

The service in the restaurant lets it down badly because the location, the building itself and the food, when you finally get it, can be amazing, in particular the steaks. Having visited this restaurant several times the service has let it down each time. During my last visit they forgot about my wives starter. If you sit in the corridor... More 

Thank Barrie H
Sturminster Newton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Two of us visited the Ship for a Succulent steak with pepper and brandy sauce followed by brûlée. Very nice. Lovely atmosphere and some unusual meals on menu, that all sounded tempting...

Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

My father and I were travelling back to Sherborne from Bournemouth and ended up coming past The Ship Inn. Having seen the pub before but not having stopped, we decided to stop and chance our luck at a table. Being a bank holiday Monday we weren't expecting to get seated, but upon our arrival we were told that they did... More 

Thank Mitch C

Travellers who viewed The Ship Inn Restaurant also viewed


Been to The Ship Inn Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: West Stour, Gillingham SP8 5RP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Gillingham
  • Phone Number: +44 1747 838640

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Ship Inn Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?