The wife and I stopped at The Ship & Trades recently whilst shopping at the Dockside outlet centre.
Not been before but the sun was out and we managed to blag a table outside.
Very much a Shepherd Neame pub (and hotel - who knew?), decor is sort of modern maritime.
Tried, for the first time, Shepherd Neame's Spitfire Lager - not bad at all. They also had 'Whitstable Bay' lager on tap. Tried a pint but it was no where near cold enough so back to Spitfire.
I had rack of ribs & my wife had bangers and mash. All OK. Standard pub grub, cooked well & presented nicely.
Only criticisms of this place - they had run out of certain dishes when we tried to order (no fish and chips/steak & ale pies). Also really slow clearing tables of plates and empties.
Appreciate this was a bank holiday weekend but A) Have enough of the whole menu to provide for the extra custom B) Get a few more staff in to help clear up due to being busier than normal.
Other than that all good & we shall return, maybe.More
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