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The Ship Inn, Redbridge

DATING from 1654, The Ship Inn has a history to be proud of.

Over the years the picturesque pub in Redbridge, Southampton has been visited by royalty, who enjoyed salmon fishing on the nearby River Test, and in the days when the pub backed on to the old quayside it was frequented by smugglers.

Nowadays you are more likely to find families and locals enjoying a hearty home-cooked meal and a drink or two. But The Ship Inn still retains many of its original features, including the long-forgotten "smoke room" - once the haunt of local fishermen.

The cosy pub's nautical name is reflected in everything from the menus to the artwork on the walls.

Visiting The Ship Inn with two friends for a bank holiday pub lunch, I found an extensive choice of home-cooked meals, as well as a daily specials board. I chose a bacon and cheese melt - a generous baguette smothered in melted cheese and slices of thick bacon - from the lunch menu.

My lunch mate was tempted by the tuna and cheese melt and added a side order of chips to her meal. A huge basket of chunky chips arrived, with more than enough for all of us. The third member of our party plumped for prawn sandwiches.

Larger groups or anyone visiting the inn for a special occasion can hire the skittle alley or function room.

The enclosed garden with patio and children's play area is perfect for al fresco dining. Together, our meals came to just £14.60.

Paula Thompson The Ship Inn, Old Redbridge Road, Southampton. Tel: 023 8086 2186.

4:22pm Friday 20th April 2007

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Posted by: chris on 4:34pm Mon 18 Jun 07
fairly decent pub grub but the staff are a little slow. Went in for a drink and waited ten minutes whilst barmaid fluffed around with glasses, wiping top down etc
Posted by: Chris on 1:19pm Thu 28 Jun 07
ok, trying to be fair so left it a week and went back in for a beer. The barmaid served us without saying a word! No 'Hello', no smile, no thanks. This was a different barmaid to last time so it's not just one moody mere. Come on The Ship, sort your staff out before its too late. The waitress who delivered our chips on the other hand was nice and polite.
Posted by: J on 5:01pm Fri 6 Jul 07
Nice cold beers, traditional looking pub, good honest pub grub but one or two of the barmaids could do with learning "service with a smile" as they are always so bloody miserable. One barmaid in particular has been rude everytime I've been there. The owner however is lovely which surprises me that she allows such miserable staff! The waitress was pleasant and the onion rings to die for. Shame some staff ruin the experience!
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