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“Best paella ever”
Review of The Ship Inn

The Ship Inn
Ranked #1 of 15 Restaurants in Elie
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

Visiting this pub was frustrating as it was constantly busy however we managed to book a table and weren’t disappointed. The waitress suggested the paella which we bit enjoyed immensely. The fish was cooked perfectly and their was generous amounts of chorizo. The seasoning was perfect and it could easily had another course. Service was attentive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Harpreet D
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

The views over the beach from the first floor dining room are lovely and the food and service fantastic. I had fish and chips which was perfectly cooked and enormous followed by a soufflé for pudding. So good we immediately booked to go back. Well worth a visit.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Gertie73
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Myself and my family dined here on Saturday 25 May for an early evening meal and were shown upstairs to our table which had a nice view of the adjacent beach at Elie .I consider this restaurant bistro style with a nautical feel.Orders were dealt with quickly and repeated requests for drinks were made to staff who were attentive and friendly in general but a bit tardy in the drinks delivery. My starter was octopus and really pretty overcooked so I asked for it to be exchanged for something a bit more palatable i.e.
crab linguine which was o.k. but it was a case of hunt for the crab meat so not as I expected. My main was salmon which I think was poached as I was advised by my server 'was a bit pink' so obviously not pan fried with a crispy skin as I had hoped for.
The accompanying bed of samphire etc. swam in a pool of water and had not been drained and was a bit mushy in particular so yet another disappointment was had.
Now, to the Affogato dessert which was a tiny scoop of ice cream? accompanied by
a shot of espresso and ameretti this was about the best part of my meal. To conclude I would suggest a simple dish of fish and chips is safer as you can't mess this up?.
The bill for five adults came to £270/ £54 per person so for these prices the food should be flawless. I understand that the floor manager being south African has been trained as a chef and perhaps he needs to oversee the kitchen staff to ensure that higher standards are acheiveable. Overall I am disappointed and unlikely to make a return visit so the moral is pricing has to reflect high cookery skills and don't overcook octopus.

Date of visit: May 2018
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2  Thank skotia
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Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

Been coming here on and off for past 20 years.
Monday lunchtime:
Average (but lumpen) fish cakes.
Surly/abrupt staff bordering on insolent.
Irritating warbling “X factor”style music.
Noisy banging and clattering of coffee machine.
Nice well behaved dogs.
Expensive + £50.00!!

Date of visit: May 2018
5  Thank 390markd
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

The Ship Inn is well located overlooking the lovely bay towards the West so benefits from glorious sunsets. Meanwhile the cleverly re-designed pub now offers both keg and real ale with Ossian particularly tasty. The main restaurant is upstairs with good views from all tables. The staff are attentive, quick and enthusiastic so our large party of golfers was well looked after on both occasions we visited for supper. The Bavette steak salad (£9.00 for starter size) with crisp lettuce, croutons, bacon, parmesan, crumbed fried egg with anchovy dressing could not have been better. Perfectly rare and tender beef with a generous helping of salad, Main course just had to be the large Fish & Chips (£13.50) based on fresh local haddock with truffle and parmesan fries with garden peas and tartare sauce. On this occasion the food for quality, quantity and presentation would have merited top marks,
On our second visit, I chose the Cullen Skink (£6.95) which is a north east coast soup of smoked haddock, cream, potatoes, leeks and celery. It was good but not as creamy as I would have liked and with less fish and too much potato. This time I ventured to try the Paella (£19.50) with langoustine, clams, salmon, chorizo, peas, broad beans and lemon. It arrived in a large soup dish, red in colour and messy so resembling a Saturday night "barf". The chorizo overwhelmed the fish and it was nothing like a proper Paella. Very few positives and I hope it is off the menu when I return in July.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Thank Brian M
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