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WELCOME TO THE SHIP INN
We are very proud to invite and welcome you to our pub, steeped in history and offering an uninterrupted view of the sea.
Whether it’s a tasty homemade meal or just a well poured drink you’re fancying, your visit can be enjoyed in The Ship’s cosy interior or outside on the spacious decking, now with our new Ship Shack, offering drinks and fresh seafood. We offer both a restaurant and a bar service, run by our friendly team, plus live entertainment most Fridays and the ocassional Saturday evening.
Please peruse our website for up to date information regarding menu choices and events. Our premises are also the perfect size and venue for a birthday or special event.
To find out more, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We hope to see you soon!
ABOUT THE SHIP INN
The Ship Inn, dating back from 1385, is one of the oldest buildings left in it’s original state.
The public house has had associations with smuggling in years gone by…
With it’s history traceable from the eighteenth century, stands where the road from Canterbury reaches the shore. It was here that wagons loaded with farm produce went down to the beach at low tide and their produce would be loaded onto “Hoys” – a type of barge, for transport to the Medway towns and London. These boats would then return with cinders and other waste such as small pieces of coal, cinders and ash, left from the production of bricks, as well as the dung from the thousands of London stables for fertilizing the surrounding farms.
The Ship was an essential watering place for the men employed in the trade because water was generally unsafe to drink. A few yards to the east were the seawater baths and bathing machines, which were coming into fashion.
By 1800, when the whole country was under the threat of a Napoleonic invasion, a battery of guns and a squadron of mounted troops were stationed on the Downs, and to provide a place of entertainment for these men, a weather boarded assembly room was added to the inn.
In those days it was common practice to smuggle brandy, gin, lace, tea and tobacco, and it was here that on April 21st 1881, midshipman Sydenham Snow, who was in charge of the Coastal Blockade Service in Herne Bay, chanced upon a group of men running a cargo. With consummate bravery he challenged them with his pistol, which subsequently misfired and he, himself, shot down. He died three days later from his wounds and is buried at the foot of the tower at St Martin’s church, Herne. Nobody was ever found guilty of the crime.
Thank you to Herne Bay Culture Trail for the above literature.
From light snacks to lunch and evening meals, view our sample menus here. There's always a few Chef's Specials on the board, so please come in or call the pub.
If you'd like to book a table for our fantastic Sunday Roast, please call 01227 366636
There's always a choice of at least 3 meats plus vegetarian option.
Monday to Saturday - 12pm to 3pm then 6pm - 9pm :: Sunday - 12pm to 6pm
VIEW THE SAMPLE WINTER MENU
Autumn/ Winter 1
Autumn/ Winter 2
The Ship Inn brings you a wide selection of Real Ales such as Adnam’s, Young’s, Harvey’s (which is on permanent sale), Badgers, Gadd’s, Old Dairy, Moorhouse, Ringwood, Greene King, Hopback, Wells, Sharp’s, Everards, Otter and more. We hold regular meetings of the TTAS and an annual International Gathering. Our wines are provided by Bibendum.
Our draught lagers include Estrella Damm, Hop House 13, Grolsch, Pravha, Coors Light, Stowford Press Cider & Guiness with a selection of bottled lagers and Rekordlig Cider.
We are proud of our selection of Real Ales and our Cask Marque Accreditation, running six hand pumps and a cask cider straight from the barrel. We will always have a blonde ale and a lower gravity ale, typically 3.4% to 3.8% ABV.
We have a selection of guest beers. Why not come in to find out more about our current selection!