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Dining at The Ship Inn, Gower


The husband and I recently enjoyed a ‘parents only’ escape to the beautiful Gower Peninsula. During our stay we were invited to dine at The Ship Inn Gower Restaurant at Port Eynon, about seven miles from our accommodation at The King’s Head and run by the same owners.

You can read about our dining, accommodation and see the video tour of our King size room at The King’s Head here.

Ship Inn, Port Eynon, Gower, Wales

The pub is just a short walk from award-winning Port Eynon Bay but it was already dark when we arrived, so no beach photos I’m afraid. All I can offer you instead is this shot of this giant anchor which adorns the outside of the pub!

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Beyond the simple cottage exterior, the bar inside is surprisingly trendy and wouldn’t look out of place in the centre of a town. The lounge/restaurant offers a cosy ‘olde world exposed stone meets seafaring’ theme.

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Isn’t this flooring next to the restaurant bar fun?

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The Ship’s head chef is Chris Keenan who’s worked in top London restaurants and includes locally sourced ingredients in his dishes.

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As I’d already had the moules mariniere at the King’s Head the night before, instead of a starter we opted for ‘breads armada’ for the table, which consisted of slices of baguette with pots of garlic aioli and chopped tomatoes and onion. Despite the intriguing name, we didn’t think it was anything special and for the £6.50 price, I’d choose an actual starter if I was dining here again.

For my main course, I chose the pan-roasted sea bream with crushed potatoes and courgette ribbons with a sauce verge. Courgettes can be hard to cook well, but these were so tasty and I would happily have eaten a whole plate of them. Delicious!

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The husband enjoyed his rib eye steak, peppercorn sauce and home-made chips.

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After the mains, we really didn’t need anything else to eat, but I persuaded the husband to share the cheese board with me as I really wanted to sample some Welsh cheeses. I’m glad I managed to twist his arm as, despite having hardly any space left, we devoured all the cheeses: a strong cheddar called ‘black bomber’, the ‘Pant-ys-Gawn’ (goats cheese),  Perl Wen (Welsh Brie) and the blue ‘Perl Las’, as well as the rest of the beautifully presented platter, including apple slices, tiny celery sticks and quince jelly. In fact, we had to ask for more biscuits as the cheese portions were so generous.

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Service at The Ship was very good – our waitress was very friendly and attentive. We ate on Sunday evening, which was the perfect time for a quiet meal as the busy daytime rush was over.

The bar next door was pretty busy and the husband enjoyed another good pint of the local Gower Gold here – in fact he was so impressed with the tipple, he bought himself a small barrel to take home as an early birthday present! We’ve been impressed by the friendly welcome and thriving country pub atmosphere in the bars of both the King’s Head and The Ship Inn.

If you’re thinking of dining at The Ship, we’d definitely recommend trying the delicious cheese board. We thought it was the perfect end to our dinner, as well as being a great way to try out a variety of local cheeses.

Useful links for The Ship In Gower and The King’s Head Gower:-
The Ship Inn Gower on Facebook
The Ship In Gower on Twitter
The King’s Head accommodation and restaurant review


If you’ve enjoyed my Ship Inn Gower review and would like us to discuss your holiday destination, accommodation or restaurant being featured (with or without video coverage) please drop me a line for further details.

DISCLOSURE: Our accommodation and meals were provided for the purpose of these reviews. All opinions are our own.

3 comments… add one
  • Nell@PigeonPairandMe.com 12/05/2016, 21:14

    Yum! That cheese board looks delicious. We’ll definitely hae to visit the ship when we’re next in the Gower.

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