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The Ship Inn, Herne Bay

The Ship Inn has been located right on Herne Bay's stunning seafront since 1385 and thought to be the oldest building in town.

We are a dog friendly pub and restaurant and with plenty to do on the seafront, why not pop into The Ship Inn for a meal or drink? We are only a 25 minute walk from the Herne Bay train station or 15 minutes using public transport.


History of The Ship Inn

Just along the coast, The Ship was a rendezvous for heavily armed gangs prepared to fight to the bitter end to keep their booty of tobacco, lace, tea, gin and brandy.

Dating back to 1385, and thought to be the oldest building in the town, The Ship was where the groups of tubmen met up and often ended up in fierce fighting. Lights from vessels would twinkle across the bay reacting to signals coming from the beach.

The Ship Inn, Herne Bay
  • Staff were so friendly and welcoming. Pub was clean Very friendly. Lots of folk enjoying themselves

    Family , Friends such a lovely welcome and ambiance. So nice to see this. Staff were so helpful and friendly. Loved the background music which was not intrusive. So nice to see this Pub come alive

    TripAdvisor Reviewer - 8th May 2023

  • Our Local

    We’re so delighted to have our local pub back - first day and we don’t want to tell anyone how much we enjoyed it. The staff are beautiful. So glad to be taking over their new premises and welcomed everyone so gladly. Can’t wait until food is served. What an opening night. Welcome Jo, Ellie and team

    TripAdvisor Reviewer - 8th May 2023


    Forget any old reviews, our local is back, UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT, new look , staff are not only super friendly but know there stuff with the beers and wines, such a warm welcome, dog friendly, kid friendly, decking is looking great, food to follow (5th may), do not be put off by the look of the outside( being refurbed soon), Alan, Michell, Jo and Elly (sorry for spelling) should be so proud, they also have their sister pub the chestfield barn close by, you have resurrected many peoples including myselfs local, anyone that may read this trust me on this!!!! This is THE place to drink/eat in herne bay, you can thank me later because you will not be disappointed ( what they have done so far and more to follow if I could give 6 stars I would!)

    TripAdvisor Reviewer - 8th May 2023

  • It's good to be back

    Great to have our landmark pub back. The decor now looks clean and tidy. The new outside furniture looks great!! The staff are really friendly and it has the best view overlooking the sea. We didn’t try the food but we’re saving that for another day.

    TripAdvisor Reviewer - 8th May 2023

  • WHAT A PLACE!!!!

    What a place, beautiful place, friendly staff and lovely food. Would recommend to everyone can't wait to go back! Everything is clean and tidy and just lovely! Took my wife here and we love it!

    Had the scotch egg and best I've ever eaten! Then the minted lamb burger and was to die for!

    Top place make sure you try it out!

    Expectional!! 10/10

    TripAdvisor Reviewer - 10th May 2023

  • Lovely pub given a new lease of life

    Went in today with my dog after our afternoon walk. Felt very welcome as a woman on my own and dog well and truly spoiled. Returned in the evening with my husband. Lovely convivial atmosphere. Very friendly staff. . Look forward to the kitchen opening too. So pleased to have this lovely pub as our local. Wishing all the team every success.

    TripAdvisor Reviewer - 8th May 2023

  • *****

    Recently under new management. Sat outside and had a delicious lunch; the menu is extensive so there is something for everyone. Even a veggie/vegan menu. Will definitely be back over the summer!

    Google Reviwer - 8th May 2023

  • *****

    Had a lovely roast turkey on Sunday, service was excellent and the waitress were very polite and well mannered. Great atmosphere, good place and lots of families there. Will see you soon. Thank you for a nice visit.

    Google Reveiwer - 8th May 2023


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