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The Ship Inn

$$ - $$$, British,
120-122 Harbour Street, Irvine KA12 8PZ, Scotland
+44 1294 279722
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
120-122 Harbour Street, Irvine KA12 8PZ, Scotland
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is the second time I’ve been in and it was just as fab as the first! Love the feel and look of the place. So inviting and traditional looking. First time I went I had some sort of chicken burger (it was one of...More

2  Thank AH_95
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had not Ben in for a meal for a long time. As friends we meet one night a month for dinner, on this occasion we chose the ship. The food was good and the service excellent. However I noted on the way out that...More

1  Thank Annafka12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch in here today food is excellent and hearty food. Staff and mangers excellent and made us welcome will be back.

1  Thank Michelle N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lunch for 3 generations of my family. Very attentive service. Food delicious. Between us we had haggis, haddock, and macaroni. Thoroughly enjoyed. Lovely atmosphere, very friendly owner. Only slight downside was it was a wee bit chilly where we were seated.

Thank Beannie66
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awwww the ship chicken supreme is just the best!!! I do miss the veg etc that came in wee bowls separate but it was still amazing!!

1  Thank Laurastu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on the spur of the moment with no booking but got a table pretty quickly. We got a drinks order immediately but it took a while for them to take the food order then a fairly long time (about 25 minutes) for a...More

1  Thank Glasweegie77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Made a last minute decision to pop out for something to eat as no one fancied cooking. We decided to give the Ship a try as it used to be our favourite resturant and we thought as it was early we would get a table,...More

3  Thank Mark F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my partner go here regularly the food here is amazing. We enjoy the atmosphere, warm cosy fires welcoming staff and the food is always out this world. We are super fussy and they have good gluten free options for me, my partner is...More

1  Thank Kirsty C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We popped in for the first time recently, we hadn't booked but got a table easily. Staff were friendly and food was hot and tasty. It is good pub food but nothing fancy so perfect for our needs. We would go back when in the...More

1  Thank Louisecd_10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was never a fan before....kinda put off with the "no" things...especially the children one.....who wants to be bossed about....new open philosophy great boys who own it and staff very nice .....keep up good work

2  Thank meganfaedregin
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20 July 2017|
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Response from Talamhgirl | Reviewed this property |
There is a vegetable crepe-as I recall it had mushroom and asparagus in a creamy sauce. Also do good fish and chips.
23 February 2017|
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Response from Thomas M | Reviewed this property |
21 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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$25
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
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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