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West Stour

Gillingham, 

Dorset, 


SP8 5RP,  United Kingdom
Built in 1750, The Ship Inn is a privately owned traditional Coaching Inn located in the picturesque Dorset village of West Stour. We have 5 en-suite bedrooms, most offering an impressive view of the surrounding countryside.
  • West Stour
  • Jurassic Coast
  • Bar
  • Great Ales
  • Friendly Stay
  • Dorset
  • Fresh food
  • A30
  • Relaxing
  • Shaftesbury
Check Prices and Availability
Double-EnsuiteDouble-Ensuite
from£90.00
Twin or Double EnsuiteTwin or Double Ensuite
from£90.00
Family-Ensuite-2 adults & 2 ChildrenFamily-Ensuite-2 adults & 2 Children
from£130.00
Guest Reviews
Guest reviews for The Ship Inn & Hotel, Gillingham are provided by real guests who have actually stayed at the property.
Rooms:
4.1
Value:
4.4
Friendliness:
4.9
Cleanliness:
4.5
Facilities:
4.1
Staff service:
4.9
Location:
4.5
Breakfast:
4.8
Guest Rating: 4.6
See all 160 reviews
Robert
Alone
Stayed: Jul '18
5
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
4
Value:
5
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Facilities:
4
Staff service:
5
Location
5
Breakfast:
5
"Everything you want in a traditional British "Inn""
A brief overnight stop with a business trip to Dorset. I don't like the anonymous, bland chain hotels. The Ship is a lovely old traditional English pub (Inn), nice beer, superb menu and quality of foo… Read more
"Everything you want in a traditional British "Inn""
A brief overnight stop with a business trip to Dorset. I don't like the anonymous, bland chain hotels. The Ship is a lovely old traditional English pub (Inn), nice beer, superb menu and quality of food. With comfortable beds, very friendly staff. Thank heavens places like this still exist - they need supporting! Use them or loose them. Read less
Likes:
Relaxed friendly atmosphere, with very good level of food and drink.
Dislikes:
The shower was a bit tired, but the room overall was a good standard.
Guest Review for The Ship Inn & Hotel, Gillingham
Mandy
Family with older Children
Stayed: Jul '18
5
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
5
Value:
5
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Facilities:
5
Staff service:
5
Location
5
Breakfast:
5
"Amazing"
Wonderful place to spend some time, excellent hosts. Nothing to fault. Will definitely stay again when visiting family in the area.… Read more
"Amazing"
Wonderful place to spend some time, excellent hosts. Nothing to fault. Will definitely stay again when visiting family in the area. Read less
Likes:
Rooms of a high quality with great linens, towels and toiletries. Breakfast outstanding, best scrambled egg ever!
All staff extremely pleasant and helpful.
Dislikes:
None
Guest Review for The Ship Inn & Hotel, Gillingham
Richard
Alone
Stayed: Aug '18
4
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
3
Value:
5
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Facilities:
3
Staff service:
5
Location
5
"Great local pub, with friendly staff and amazing food quality."
One night stay for business. Everyone was very friendly, the pub is lovely, the food quality is amazing and the room had a lovely view and a very comfortable bed.… Read more
"Great local pub, with friendly staff and amazing food quality."
One night stay for business. Everyone was very friendly, the pub is lovely, the food quality is amazing and the room had a lovely view and a very comfortable bed. Read less
Likes:
See above
Dislikes:
Breakfast isn't served until 7.30. I had to leave at 6.45 and so was unable to get anything to eat before I left. It would have been helpful to have been offered something to take with me.
Guest Review for The Ship Inn & Hotel, Gillingham
More Information
4 Stars Self Assessed Guest HouseHeart of Wessex CAMRA Pub of The Year 2016
Parking
On-site parking, Free parking
Types of Payment Accepted at The Ship Inn & Hotel
Cash (GBP), Credit card, Debit card
Payment Cards accepted at the property
Master Card Maestro Visa Visa Electron Solo 
Check-in: 2:00 PM till 10:00 PM
Early check-in available on request.
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Late check-out available on request
Policies
Children Policy: No preference
Smoking Policy: No smoking
Pet Policy: No pets
Cancellation Policy
Booking Terms and Conditions
Accessibility
Languages Spoken
English
Each of our five bedrooms are en-suite, individually designed and decorated with all of the comforts and touches that you would desire. Most rooms have impressive views of the surrounding countryside and there is also ample parking in the grounds of the hotel. All rooms are non-smoking.

The restaurant offers a wide variety of quality dishes using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. If you are planning to eat with us please book in advance as we are often fully booked well in advance & especially at weekends. The bar serves an interesting selection of real ales, beers and wines and the accommodation offers five en-suite rooms.

The Ship’s unique ambience and stylish but warm décor, offers ample opportunity to relax away from it all - whether you are simply dropping in for a drink or bite to eat, or staying for business or pleasure.

The bar area has two sections - The Main Bar with a traditional flagstone floor, low ceiling and roaring log fire and the Lounge Bar which is light and airy with stripped oak floorboards and chunky farmhouse furniture.

There is an extensive selection of beers, ciders & wines available, with tapped real ales on offer from three local breweries and a guest ale that changes weekly. Recent guest ales have included the likes of Butcombe, Exmoor Gold, Otter Ale, Bath Ales, Spitfire and Timothy Taylor.

We offer an interesting and varied wine list ranging from the more well known classic French wines, through to the ever popular New World wines.

The versatile menu at The Ship caters both for those who want a hearty sandwich and a pint, to those who want to enjoy a full three-course meal with a decent bottle of wine. Our dishes are a blend of the traditional and the not so familiar, with a specials board and fresh fish board that offer further daily choices. If you wish to eat with us please be sure to book in advance as the restaurant is very popular and often fully booked.

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Style of property
Comfortable, Homely, Stylish, Unique
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