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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:
4.4
Facilities:
4.1
Staff service:
4.8
Location:
4.4
Breakfast:
4.8
Guest Rating: 4.5
See all 165 reviews
Pauline
Mature Couple
Stayed: Oct '18
5
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
5
Value:
5
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Facilities:
4
Staff service:
5
Location
4
Breakfast:
5
"Nice b&b"
Lovely b&b and lovely staff,we only got to see 2 staff due to us arriving and leaving again.… Read more
"Nice b&b"
Lovely b&b and lovely staff,we only got to see 2 staff due to us arriving and leaving again. Read less
Likes:
There not posh there’s just cosy.
Dislikes:
Not dog friendly

The shower head needs replacing,as I couldn’t wash my hair that morning due to poor water 🚿 I have long hair and would of been there all morning 😳😳
Guest Review for The Ship Inn & Hotel, Gillingham
peter
Mature Couple
Stayed: Sep '18
4
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
3
Value:
4
Friendliness:
5
Cleanliness:
3
Facilities:
4
Staff service:
5
Location
4
Breakfast:
5
"A real pub with excellent food, warm welcome and rooms"
A one night stay, friendly welcome, well kept ale, food that covers the pub basics and some interesting alternatives, all well done.… Read more
"A real pub with excellent food, warm welcome and rooms"
A one night stay, friendly welcome, well kept ale, food that covers the pub basics and some interesting alternatives, all well done. Read less
Likes:
The pub is just what a country roadside pub should be- warm welcome, good food and drink. The pub is honest about the rooms, they have comfortable beds and all you need for an overnight stay.
Dislikes:
If money ever allowed the rooms, particularly the bathrooms could do with refurbishing. Not easy though in a building of this age.
Guest Review for The Ship Inn & Hotel, Gillingham
Mark
Alone
Stayed: Sep '18
3
Would recommend to others.
Rooms:
3
Value:
3
Friendliness:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Facilities:
3
Staff service:
3
Location
4
Breakfast:
4
"nice coutnrty pub with rooms and good car park."
just an overnight on local business. turned up at lunchtime and too early for check in.

sent away. Thought at least I might have been offered a coffee!!… Read more
"nice coutnrty pub with rooms and good car park."
just an overnight on local business. turned up at lunchtime and too early for check in.

sent away. Thought at least I might have been offered a coffee!! Read less
Likes:
Nice country pub atmosphere and good quality food.
Dislikes:
appeared to be only one staff who did everything during the day....

dim light in bathroom

TV Channels very limited

very sloping garden at back....

steep staircase with no lift.
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
The Ship Inn has five en-suite rooms that we operate on a bed & breakfast basis, ranging from small doubles to a large family room. Our rooms are clean, comfortable and simple in their design. They are not luxuriously appointed nor are they huge in size, however they are comfortable, have good beds, big duvets and feather pillows.

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.


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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