So another evening another date, and this time at the Ship Inn in Langstone. Now I always try to find a place that is easy to get to and to park so this seemed like the ideal place to go with lovely sea views.
A nautically-themed Fuller’s gastro-pub by the coast in Havant, The Ship Inn is famed for its fresh, locally-caught seafood. A converted mill, The Ship Inn oozes character with distressed wooden furniture and maritime decorations, and hosts a popular annual raft race.
An outdoor barbecue provides succulent meat offerings for sun-soaked al fresco dining, while fresh fish on the seasonal Ship Inn menu includes a seafood plank with mackerel, London Porter smoked salmon, whitebait, crab and dill cakes, cockles and whelks. There’s also a juicy burger, a 32 day-aged ribeye steak and a host of gourmet sandwiches, all of which can be accompanied by a wide selection of classic and New World wines.
Locally-brewed cask ales feature at The Ship Inn bar in Havant, with new options introduced frequently. An expansive patio area offers views out over the coast, with vintage ships’ wheels and a full-sized rowing boat decorating the interior.
For those travelling in style by boat, The Ship Inn offers its own mooring. It sits on Langstone Road, looking out onto the Langstone Channel.
I do think it is a shame that so may independent companies are now part of chain pubs, in this case just like the Cams Mill I reviewed earlier it is a Fullers pub, however when you go inside you wouldn’t see it.
A dog friendly pub with lots of locals in after work can seem a little intimidating but don’t worry. You get the feeling that this is just a pub that happens to serve food as you need to ask for menus and there is no table service.
The menu is extensive and they had a great range of specials, however the grilled haloumi salad I wanted was sold out. Instead I chose to have Roasted Beetroot & Squash Salad, tarragon pesto, feta, red lentils & black sesame seeds £8.25 which was gorgeous. A lovely vegan friendly and delicious plate arrived which quite frankly was a pleasure to eat.
We were left alone throughout the meal and our plates werent cleared away until long after we had finished, however it felt very low pressure and not as commercial as other gatropubs are.
Now all I need to do is find a boat to arrive by for when I return.