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The Ship Inn

$$ - $$$, British,
Wharf Road, Retford, England
+44 1777 861213
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  • Excellent80%
  • Very good12%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“peas” (2 reviews)
“pudding” (3 reviews)
“real ales” (8 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Bar, British, Pub
$$ - $$$
Wharf Road, Retford, England
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1 - 10 of 71 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of us go to the Ship - ex Rum Runner- for an annual reunion, so I was dismayed to read damning reports dated April 2017. I am very pleased to report that the present owners offer a wide choice of excellent beers and...More

Thank charliecreweCrewe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No longer the rum runner, it has returned to it's proper name The Ship Inn. I'm very tempted to say that Sunday lunch is really poor and that you shouldn't touch the place with a barge pole, that way I know we'll be able to...More

1  Thank Tracey W
Reviewed 22 April 2017

This place has slipped down hill,the beer is not as good as it was and it's not a cheap place. I can't speak for the meals the dinners look nice enough.

Thank madman1975
Reviewed 22 April 2017

A real shame, this used to be a great pub but after a change of management it has gone seriously downhill. Retford has some great pubs, but sadly this is no longer one of them. It's very apparent, by the fact that all of the...More

Thank Andi065
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

I am in the band who played last Saturday at the Rum Runner. The landlord is a real music man who encourages live music in Retford. Its a great little venue, and the sound is really good in the music room. I am sorry not...More

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Can you believe it? The Rum Runner has a lot of chipped paint, worn bench cushionsa and somewhat sticky tables.. On top of that at Sunday lunchtime my wife and I were in there for a full hour and no one came in, despite the...More

4  Thank davidharrylarder
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Plain and simple but great people and such a friendly welcome. We have three dogs and it never fails to amaze me how friendly the staff and everyone are towards our fury bunch Simply brilliant!

1  Thank Lyndon J
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Never heard anything bad about the rum runner, yet heard nothing that it's the place to be either! Olde pub with three separate rooms and outside seating, toilets are always nice and clean if a little cramped ( gents) cider and beer Is nice from...More

Thank Matt4orpe
Reviewed 30 June 2016

Another delightful pub that we have visited on our jaunts. Had several real ales on tap and the ones I had, I certainly have no trouble in recommending coming here.

Thank carol j
Reviewed 18 May 2016

First of all let me say that the beer they serve here is first class. I can't fault them on that. We ate here for lunch several years ago and had a very acceptable bite to eat. I remember several people saying it was a...More

Thank Jan W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Wharf Road, Retford, England (Formerly The Rum Runner)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Nottinghamshire  >  Retford
  • Phone Number: +44 1777 861213
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