The Ship Inn, Dymchurch
It’s claimed the Ship Inn goes back 600 years or so and, given the history of Romney Marsh, we’ve no reason to doubt that, but don’t come here expecting a half-timbered olde-worlde, flagstone and fireplace experience. The core of the building may be old, but the Ship Inn has been brought thoroughly up-to-date. It’s a modern-looking, airy place, with plenty of space and modern amenities - several rooms set around a central bar. The fare, however, is traditional - Adnam’s and Harvey’s on the hand pumps, the usual lagers, cider and Guinness and tap, an average sort of wine list and traditional pub grub, including a cheap and substantial Sunday Roast. The service is fast, friendly and polite, children are welcome (at least during the day) and there are rooms, should you feel like lingering in these parts. This windswept corner of the UK is pretty sparsely populated (part of its appeal) and there aren’t too many decent pubs around which often makes finding a good pub a bit of a quest, if you’re not a local. Happily, you’ll find the Ship Inn should fit the bill - whether your looking for a quiet pint of decent ale and a chat, Sunday dinner with the family or even a little live music.
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