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The Ship Inn

) #1 of 8 Restaurants in Elie ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ , Seafood, British
Toft, Elie KY9 1DT, Scotland
+44 1333 330246
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good26%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
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Opens in 4 min
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Bar, Seafood, British, Pub, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Toft, Elie KY9 1DT, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Well we payed our first visit today, have to say the food was superb, service was excellent, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the restaurant, so much we booked for the Saturday night, we were there on a Wednesday night,if your near,(...More

Thank Craig B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great location, great decor, unique in many ways, gents toilet amongst the most original i have ever come across. Four of us had the lobster tacos- tasted very nice, £10 for a starter a bit pricey but really nice. two tiny bits of lobster seemed...More

Thank nikiandpauldundee
Reviewed 4 days ago

The food and wine was excellent. Then able to sit and watch the cricket on the beach from the beer garden. What a great way to spend a few hours in this lovely place. There were lots of people, children and dogs just like there...More

Thank Corndazz
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Ship Inn has an envious location in Elie, located down by the harbour and overlooking the extensive beach, which is used as the location for the Inn's cricket team during the summer months. As such, The Ship has an almost captured clientele with the...More

Thank Dr Neil G
Reviewed 5 days ago

rolled up for drinks on Friday evening - the view was stunning, the cricketers were coming in with the last of the light and we couldn't have asked for a nicer evening. Always feel that it's a special evening at The Ship Inn. The Ozzie...More

Thank The_McTravel_Clan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice and friendly restaurant with good food. Specially recommend the salmon and the fish and chips. Recommend that you make reservations during the summer since they are very busy.

Thank Johanna O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sadly, we had no time to eat here, but the food looked fab. The staff were lovely, service was quick, despite how busy the place was. They were also knowledgeable about their products and were happy to make suggestions. Beautiful location, we have promised ourselves...More

Thank SaraCorner
Reviewed 1 week ago

Following a long walk along the beach we stopped at the ship inn for a refreshing coffee , served by a very pleasant yong man . Coffee very hot with hot milk and water for the dog great service

1  Thank Sinclair R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were staying in fife and had taken the dog away with us on this trip to Scotland and was a little bit dubious about where would let our dog in but we stumbled on this place after a cold, wet but lovely walk and...More

Thank Angela W
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this place on Thursday 3rd August with my daughter visiting from abroad. We went to a table overlooking the beach outside. As we went to sit down we were approached by an obnoxious man who rudely told us that they were firstly going...More

13  Thank 33Crystal
Rachel B, Owner at The Ship Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear 33Crystal We have been looking forward to receiving your review - and delighted that you reviewed on Facebook as well. I am obviously very sorry that you felt unwelcome but as we both told you many times last week that it was completely unintentional....More

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Questions & Answers
Norman A
26 September 2016|
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Response from Rachel B | Property representative |
Not as such but we are always happy to try and accommodate. Let us know what you need and we will try to help. Many thanks Rachel
Julie T
12 August 2015|
Response from Amy Beth D | Reviewed this property |
Hi Julie, They have a gluten free menu which offers the same choices as their regular set menu. However it's basically just the regular menu with anything containing gluten removed so sometimes it can leave dishes rather... More
24 April 2015|
Response from Rachel B | Property representative |
We are dog friendly but we are currently closed for renovation. The bar will be reopening in the next couple of weeks and the restaurant at the beginning of June. We do also own The 19th Hole at the Earlsferry end of Elie... More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Toft, Elie KY9 1DT, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Fife  >  Elie
  • Phone Number: +44 1333 330246
  • E-mail
The Ship Inn at Elie in Fife has long been one of Scotland's most iconic pubs, famous for its great views, stunning location, and even as the only pub in the world to have a cricket team with a pitch on the beach. The owners, Graham and Rachel Bucknall, who also run the Bridge Inn at Ratho (named as AA Pub of the Year in September 2014) purchased the Ship Inn, a pub they both knew very well, in late 2014. After a major 6-month renovation programme, they re-opened a transformed Ship Inn in the summer of 2015. 6 beautiful bedrooms were opened in March 2016. The inn is part of a row of old cottages by the harbour. At its heart is the bar where the comfy chairs and sofas beside the open fires and wood-burning stoves make a welcome sight, especially when it's windy and rainy outside. You are more than welcome just to call in for a coffee, but it's worth stopping longer for a pint, a whisky or a meal in the upstairs restaurant with its views of the bay. The same menu is offered throughout the inn - and if you have your dog with you, he or she is very welcome to join you downstairs - water, treats and even dog beds are provided. The food is of the hearty pub variety, but seafood, locally caught, is high on the menu. Graham and Rachel have also created delightful double and twin bedrooms, all with views of Elie Bay and the Firth of Forth. The Ship Inn is unique in the fact that it has the only cricket team in the UK that plays matches on the beach. From May to September, depending on the tide and after the sand has been rolled flat, the Ship's team hosts matches for other Scottish teams and touring teams from all over the world.
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