Last rated: 09/01/2014
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).