ANNOUNCEMENT -18th March 2020
We are sorry to announce that as of today, we have had to make the decision to close and put The Ship in "dry dock" for the time being...
The announcement from Boris Johnson & the media to avoid going to pubs, bars, restaurants etc, has meant our diary of forward bookings has been completely wiped out.
It smacks of desperation trying to cling on for one man and his dog and besides, to close seems to be the responsible thing to do for the time being given the virus situation.
The announcements by the Chancellor & PM yesterday with regards to supporting our industry go some way to help us get through this period of uncertainty. Hopefully in a number of weeks time, we will be in a position where The Ship can "set sail" again (although further in debt and the only way out will be to sell the business...!)
Thank you to all our staff and loyal customers over our last 15 years at The Ship, we hope to be welcoming you back in the not too distant future.
Gavin & Sally Griggs
Welcome to The Ship Inn at West Stour - Heart of Wessex CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016
The Ship is a privately owned informal country pub, retaining country pub values and atmosphere, whilst offering good quality food, drink and accommodation.
The Ship is a proper country pub, and as such has a number of traditional features mixed with plenty of modern touches.
We offer a variety of quality dishes using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. The bar serves a varied & interesting selection of real ales, beers, traditional ciders and wines, while our accommodation offers five comfortable en-suite rooms.
In 2016 The Ship was awarded "Heart of Wessex CAMRA Pub of the Year" and we are currently featured in both The Good Pub Guide and The Good Beer Guide; The Ship’s unique ambience and warm décor, offers ample opportunity to relax away from it all, whether you’re simply dropping in for a drink, something to eat, or staying for business or pleasure.
The Ship is an ideal base to explore the region and the nearby towns of Shaftesbury, Sherborne and Gillingham are all within easy reach. Local attractions include Stourhead House & Gardens, Longleat Safari Park, The Fleet Air Arm Museum and The Haynes Motor Museum. Walkers can enjoy exploring the Stour Valley Way with its nearby footpaths, which pass through the picturesque Dorset countryside.
12pm - 3pm and 6pm - 11pm Monday - Friday
12pm - 12am Saturday
12pm - 10pm Sunday
12pm – 2.30pm and 6pm - 9pm Monday to Saturday
12pm – 2.30pm Sunday. Please note the kitchen is closed Sunday Evenings