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The Ship Inn

) #1 of 55 Restaurants in Irvine $$ - $$$ , 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” (116 reviews)
“cullen skink” (29 reviews)
“mash” (40 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Scottish, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
120-122 Harbour Street, Irvine KA12 8PZ, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped in for Lunch as we were shopping nearby. Restaurant was reasonably quiet and we were quickly seated. I opted to go for the old favourite, steak pie ( a big wan ). As always not a disappointment, with the pie but the chips could...More

1  Thank Douglas H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Finally got to go here. So wished we'd went sooner. Great rustic wee place just how I'd imagined it exactly what I expected. Food was really good and portion sizes were very generous. Food was also warm which gave you plenty of time to relax...More

2  Thank Druffer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you for giving me a reason not to come back ever again. I will not be telling my friends to come here either. Terrible service. The customer is always right.

1  Thank jkelso1966
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was lovely here but the portions are a bit on the small side for the price. lovely relaxing atmosphere with tables outside if the weather is nice. Smiley friendly staff too. Worth stopping in for a drink or bite to eat

Thank Margaret L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the ship inn for lunch,but were disappointed ,the service was slow and not a smile from the staff,the food was reasonable ,but no atmosphere,it has character but no charm.The prices were about the same as you would pay in a good hotel.

2  Thank johnR2206AG
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Couples dinner. Relaxed atmosphere on a reasonably busy on a Saturday night. Had the steak pie (Big Wan), very tasty, pretty quick and friendly service. Would go back again.

1  Thank Cameron D
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Visited here with my dad and we both had a small "wee yin" steak pie. The description which also said it was not so small was accurate. The steak pie was the best I've had in many years. The Ship Inn dates back to the...More

1  Thank ericjkerr
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

Turned up on a bank holiday monday without a booking but we were shown to a table straight away despite it being very busy. 2 dogs in tow. Slightly abbreviated menu for bank holiday but still a good variety of options. I had the chicken...More

1  Thank RachelJane88
Reviewed 12 May 2017

I have been to Irvine many times but this is my first visit to the Ship Inn. It will not be my last! From the greeting at the door right through to the coffee, everything was excellent - the food, the atmosphere, the service and...More

1  Thank Winsson
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Popped in on recommendation of my daughter as a family outing, sat outside as dog area closed within but as lovely day this was what was required. I found the meals to be of a high standard, good quality and quantity. All in all a...More

1  Thank justtoletuknow
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Nearby Attractions
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.06 km away
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.18 km away
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1.50 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do you have a children's menu
23 February 2017|
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Response from Thomas M | Reviewed this property |
Opened for Xmas dinner,if so how much?
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.
Heather W
What time do you open Saturday morning ?
1 May 2015|
Response from Charlene M |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$23
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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
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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