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The Ship

4 Quay Road, The Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2JZ

01752 667604

Fish2fork Rating
2 Blue Fish

Last rated: 09/01/2014

What we say

The '˜green' intentions and credentials of the St Austell group are admirable and The Ship's Fish2fork rating has increased pleasingly from 0.5 to 2 blue fish. We do, however, believe there are still improvements that could be made by The Ship. In particular, we would like to see blanchbait - aka whitebait - removed from the menu because as juvenile fish they have never had an opportunity to breed and are on the Marine Conservation Society's list of fish to avoid. That said, haddock from the Channel and mussels from the Exe are on the menu and are sustainably managed. We are also delighted to learn that the king prawns served at The Ship are included in a certification scheme.

What they say

Local sourcing is a major part of our menu & traceability is important to us. All our fish is landed in West Country ports & we work closely with our suppliers to ensure maximum freshness & harvesting sustainability.

About The Ship

Bang in the heart of Plymouth’s lively Barbican area, right on the harbour side, The Ship was named in 2013 as the UK’s best pub for fish and chips in the National Pub Food Challenge. Green credentials are also taken seriously at The Ship and it is a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

The dining-room upstairs is bright and spacious, but you can also eat and drink in the cheerful modern bar or on the large outdoor terrace. The Ship is part of the St Austell chain, so you can work your way through the house beers, including Tribute made with specially grown Cornish Gold Malt.

The menu is a kind of cross between a chippy, burger bar and trad pub grub: battered fish and chips (cooked in beef dripping, £8.95), breaded fish, hand-made burgers, pies and sandwiches. Haddock, and scampi are the main fish choices, although there are mussels, prawns, calamari and whitebait also. There’s a West Country Cheese Board, and a children’s menu that includes chicken goujons and whole tail scampi (£4.95).

The Ship