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The Ship Inn

Toft, Elie KY9 1DT, Scotland
+44 1333 330246
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good26%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (67 reviews)
“crab linguine” (12 reviews)
“chowder” (15 reviews)
Closes in 6 min
All hours
Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Toft, Elie KY9 1DT, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

We stayed for 2 nights at the Ship Inn and ate in the upstairs restaurant on both nights. On both evenings, the service was excellent - friendly and efficient, and the surroundings pleasant and 'buzzy'. On the first evening, a Friday, all four of us...More

Thank MichaelEdinburgh
Reviewed yesterday

My partner and i visited last month for Sunday lunch. I had seen it from the outside on a previous visit earlier in the year and decided on a good day it would be worth trying. I was not disappointed. We were given a table...More

Thank alyzen
Rachel B, Manager at The Ship Inn, responded to this reviewResponded today

Dear alyzen, Thank you for taking the time to review The Ship Inn. I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed the food and our fabulous location. And we do in fact sell our Siabann soaps and hand cream to take away - next time you're in...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

We were two families with young children and teens. We ate an early dinner so we got seated quickly in the restaurant section. We got our drinks quickly, but then the service slowed down. I did not order appetizer since I was not very hungry,...More

Thank Kai F
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was the best meal I ever had in Scotland. I had a fish stew that was delicious. The bread, coffee, everything was out of this world. The service was impeccable. Cozy and warm atmosphere.

Thank claudia w
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My wife and I and our cav Flora decided to stay at The Ship Inn and readers we were not dissapointed. The Inn in Elie was by far the nicest accommodation we have stayed in this year. A wonderful welcome was given on arrival by...More

Thank Seamus C
Reviewed 3 days ago

We lived in Elie for 11 years and after being away for 6 years did a revisit. The ship used to be our go to pub/restaurant and we loved it. Unfortunately it has now changed completely and in my opinion not for the better. The...More

Thank Linda J
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Had a Vegetarian Haggis burger with mash and wonderful sugar snap peas. These things were on the menu but as separate items. They had no problem putting them together as a dinner main. And it was excellent. Also suggest trying the warm olives and the...More

Thank Bapaw
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I won't beat about the bush. We had bad service from the start. Couldn't find our reservation, got our drinks order wrong on more than one occasion, seemed to forget we were there during lunch. So, our special catchup was a bit of a let...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for lunch at the Ship Inn having booked a table. The restaurant was small but very pleasant surroundings. The menu looked interesting and we were told the soup was mushroom. When the waitress came to take our order we both asked for the...More

Thank Edmund R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely welcoming atmosphere. We were dining with two young children (6 and 2) and they were provided with pencils and a colouring sheet. The kids’ menu was also excellent value. The fish and chips were fresh and tasty and the whisky coffee was great. Great...More

Thank princesspeach123567
Rachel B, Manager at The Ship Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear princesspeach123567, Thank you for taking the time to review the Ship Inn! We take great pride in being family-friendly, and always endeavor to ensure wee ones are well taken care of! We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future. With...More

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Questions & Answers
Norman A
26 September 2016|
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Response from Rachel B | Property representative |
Not as such but we are always happy to try and accommodate. Let us know what you need and we will try to help. Many thanks Rachel
Julie T
12 August 2015|
Response from Amy Beth D | Reviewed this property |
Hi Julie, They have a gluten free menu which offers the same choices as their regular set menu. However it's basically just the regular menu with anything containing gluten removed so sometimes it can leave dishes rather... More
25 April 2015|
Response from Rachel B | Property representative |
We are dog friendly but we are currently closed for renovation. The bar will be reopening in the next couple of weeks and the restaurant at the beginning of June. We do also own The 19th Hole at the Earlsferry end of Elie... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Toft, Elie KY9 1DT, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Fife  >  Elie
  • Phone Number: +44 1333 330246
  • E-mail
The Ship Inn at Elie in Fife has long been one of Scotland's most iconic pubs, famous for its great views, stunning location, and even as the only pub in the world to have a cricket team with a pitch on the beach. The owners, Graham and Rachel Bucknall, who also run the Bridge Inn at Ratho (named as AA Pub of the Year in September 2014) purchased the Ship Inn, a pub they both knew very well, in late 2014. After a major 6-month renovation programme, they re-opened a transformed Ship Inn in the summer of 2015. 6 beautiful bedrooms were opened in March 2016. The inn is part of a row of old cottages by the harbour. At its heart is the bar where the comfy chairs and sofas beside the open fires and wood-burning stoves make a welcome sight, especially when it's windy and rainy outside. You are more than welcome just to call in for a coffee, but it's worth stopping longer for a pint, a whisky or a meal in the upstairs restaurant with its views of the bay. The same menu is offered throughout the inn - and if you have your dog with you, he or she is very welcome to join you downstairs - water, treats and even dog beds are provided. The food is of the hearty pub variety, but seafood, locally caught, is high on the menu. Graham and Rachel have also created delightful double and twin bedrooms, all with views of Elie Bay and the Firth of Forth. The Ship Inn is unique in the fact that it has the only cricket team in the UK that plays matches on the beach. From May to September, depending on the tide and after the sand has been rolled flat, the Ship's team hosts matches for other Scottish teams and touring teams from all over the world.
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