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PUBLISHED: 14:53 23 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:12 20 February 2013

The Ship at Dunwich

The Ship at Dunwich

The Ship at Dunwich is further improving its already excellent reputation with the addition of some new, beautifully-appointed accommodation

The Ship at Dunwich is further improving its already excellent reputation with the addition of some new, beautifully-appointed accommodation

The Ship at Dunwich is a proper pub in a fabulous location, serving real ales, first rate grub and offering a relaxing get away from it all stay in its 15 cosy bedrooms; it is no wonder then that it is a firm Suffolk favourite.
Dunwich itself is steeped in history, now a peaceful, coastal village surrounded by nature reserves, heath land and beach it was once a thriving medieval port before being claimed by the sea during a terrible storm. It is said that you can still hear the peal of the church bells beneath the waves.
The Ship has been a hostelry in Dunwich since the 1800s. Until the 1960s it was called the Barnes Arms Hotel having originally belonged to the Barnes family who had also owned the rest of the village. Indeed, details of the familys itemised sale of Dunwich can be found on The Ships wall. The historic document must have caught the eye of many guests who have stayed in one of the lovely rooms, all of which take their names from old Dunwich buildings and gates.
The new bedrooms and exterior face lift that The Ship has undergone during the past year are sympathetic improvements, which have been made without losing an ounce of its rustic charm. There are six delightful new bedrooms featuring provincial furniture and classic iron beds with fully sprung mattresses, feather pillows and duvets and crisp white cotton bed linen. They have modern en-suite bathrooms which are classic in style, some with large eight-inch, drench shower heads. The new bedrooms include one especially designed for wheelchair users and a spacious, refurbished family suite taking the number of the latter to four, including three that have adjoining separate bedrooms.
Guests can enjoy the friendly informality and comfortable simplicity which are themes that run throughout The Ship. The traditional bar, with its open fire, offers a range of local ales and a good selection of wines by the glass; above the bar hang tankards belonging to regulars evidence that the Ship is rated by locals and visitors alike. Indeed, theres no doubt what visitors feel thanks to the guestbook, which is brimming with positive comments.
The team is thrilled to have recently been awarded an AA Rosette for its food with the menu offering simple, traditional fare that allows the superb, locally sourced produce to shine. Lamb is supplied by Rupert Chantry, a local farmer; pork from Blythburgh; Denham Estate supplies the game and fish is purchased direct from the fishing boats of Southwold.
The Ships renowned fish and chips is a real favourite with a generous portion of cod or plaice fillet covered in batter, the recipe for which is a Ship secret, with chips, peas and home made tartar sauce.
The Ship is a real gem of a traditional pub and offers everything that one could possibly hope for and more to a standard rarely associated with such relaxed surroundings it strikes a perfect and welcoming balance.

Winter special offers
Cosy Sunday Nights from 71.50
Midweek get away, stay 3 nights and pay for 2, from 190 for 3 nights
Prices based on 2 people sharing and inclusive of breakfast and VAT

Contact details
The Ship at Dunwich
Nr Southwold, Suffolk
Tel: 01728 648219


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