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The Ship Inn

Toft, Elie KY9 1DT, Scotland
+44 1333 330246
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good25%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Toft, Elie KY9 1DT, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday

Only visited for a drink - but overall impression of the bar etc was that it had a grubby appearance. Dirty glasses everywhere and while there was plenty of staff milling about, the staff did not seem to be that bothered about clearing up!

Thank 54Pedro
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Have eaten here a few times. This was the first visit with my mother. My meal (salmon & sea bass) was delicious. My mother & husband both enjoyed the cheese soufflé then cod. Unfortunately the table next to us had a family celebration with a...More

Thank EileenStewart
Reviewed 6 days ago

Restaurant menu has range of interesting options. Bread and butter pudding for example appears with sea bass and Cullen Skunk soup. Good service from friendly staff - dogs welcome. First floor gives you the best view of the sea, and in season park in the...More

Thank Alan W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We only ate in the Bar but the restaurant looked equally tempting. Great Bar food and the Cullen Skink should not be missed - best I have ever tasted. Very friendly and helpful staff, convivial surroundings and a good choice of food. Only disappointment, the...More

Thank Miguel065_11
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We called in as chance customers and were greeted by the friendly owner who allocated us a lovely table on the first floor. The table was next to the balcony with perfect views of the receding tide and the fabulous beach. I enquired when the...More

Thank Lesley-Anne L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Exploring the beaches and villages around the coast . A parking spot outside became free so we parked up for lunch. We sat in the "beach bar" The menu was compact, which was not an issue. Still a varied choice. I ordered at the bar...More

Thank Tom R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great bar, There were 3 of us on a day out in Fife from Edinburgh. House red was lovely and after a relaxing drink we ordered food. The crab spagetti was excellent but a bit small for £9. There was a £6 and £9 price...More

Thank 123Time2Travel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Supper and dinner at the Ship Inn was fantastic, fabulous food, great value and very helpful friendly staff. What a location! I can't wait to go back in the summer

Thank MMcDougall
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived after hiking all day. There is no reception area in the hotel and we were kept waiting for a while before being served. We were shown to our room which was a sea facing room with a beautiful aspect and very tastefully decorated...More

Thank Scott M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dropped in here for an unplanned lunch as the weather outside was awful. The staff were extremely helpful, accomadating and cheerful, even though they were very busy. They managed to find a table for the five of us. The food was excellent, well cooked...More

Thank MMeikle
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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
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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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