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The Ship Inn - Pub in Fife

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The Toft, Elie, KY9 1DT, Fife
Scotland, United Kingdom

Graham & Rachel Bucknall
+44 (0)131 333 1320(landline)

A heavenly inn on Fife’s south coast - the terrace overlooks the beach, lovely food waits within with local seafood a must

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There are few inns where you can sit on the terrace and watch a game of cricket on the beach below. But it’s not beach cricket as you know it. This is serious stuff, played at low tide, and Mark Waugh, Viv Richards and Wasim Akram have all tried their hand. As for this cute little boutique inn, it’s as good as any in the land, and it doubles as the pavilion… and the venue for post-match celebrations, no doubt. On sunny days, you decant onto the terrace for lunch in the sun and gaze across the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh’s hills. Inside, contemporary rustic design mixes with roaring fires and the odd stone wall. Sofas and armchairs are scattered about, staff weave through the throng delivering delicious food – fish and seafood from local waters, lamb and beef from nearby farms, sinful puddings you can’t resist; there are regular barbecues on the terrace, too. Smart rooms have seaside colours, crisp linen, coffee machines, fancy bathrooms with walk-in showers; those at the front have sea views, too. St Andrews waits for a round of golf, the Fife coastal path for excellent walks. A perfect place.

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.

Guest feedback
"The location of this Inn is beautiful and we struck a magic sunny couple of days! Our room was beautifully appointed with a lovely roomy bathroom and view across the harbour. The walks around this place and the village itself were delightful. We had stayed at the Bridge Inn owned by the same people but this Inn is clearly managed differently. We experienced staff bickering and the efficiency and service generally was not up to the professional standard of the Bridge Inn at Ratho. The location made up for the staff issues for us."


May 2017

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Lunch & dinner £5-£35. Sunday lunch from £12.95.


Christmas Day, 2 weeks in January.


The Toft, Elie, KY9 1DT, Fife


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