Ship in Distress

Pub Details

66 Stanpit
BH23 3NA
(01202) 485123
Opening Times
11am - midnight (11pm Sun)

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Ship in Distress, Mudeford, Dorset, BH23 3NA – The Good Pub Guide

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Wide choice of fish dishes, quirky nautical décor, and friendly staff in a cheerful cottage pub
As cheerful as ever, this former smugglers' pub is much more fun inside than out. It's full of entertaining seaside bits and pieces with brightly painted fish cut-outs swimming across the walls, rope fancywork and brassware through to lanterns and oars, an aquarium, model boats and the odd piratical figure; darts, games machine, board games, big screen TV, background music and a winter woodburning stove. Besides a good few boat pictures, the room on the right has tables with masses of snapshots of locals caught up in various waterside japes under the glass tabletops. Ringwood Best and a guest or two such as Dartmoor Jail Ale on handpump alongside several wines by the glass. A spreading and bustling two-room restaurant area has a fish tank, contemporary works by local artists for sale and a light-hearted mural sketching out the impression of a window opening on to a sunny boating scene. There are seats and tables out on the suntrap back terrace and a covered heated area for chillier evenings. The pub is near to Mudeford Quay and Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve is close by.

Good Pub Guide Food

The speciality is good fresh fish dishes: shellfish bar with cockles, whelks, crevettes, green-lipped mussels and oysters, a proper fish soup, whole local crab, tiger prawn stir-fry with oyster sauce, cod with chorizo and pesto, fillet of bass with saffron cream sauce and scottish salmon with dill mustard cream sauce. Non-fishy choices include sandwiches, duck and orange pâté, cottage pie, gammon with egg and chips, burger with fries and salad and puddings such as lemon posset with raspberry coulis and crème brûlée.

Bar food times: 12 - 2.30, 6.30 - 9

Good Pub Information

Dogs allowed in: Dogs Bar


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Rating: 3/5 (408 votes cast)

Reader Comments

Do not be put off by the slightly uninspiring external and interior decor. This pub serves wonderful food. We are talking locally caught extremely fresh fish prepared and served with simplistic style but cooked beautifully.

If you want a restaurant that serves brilliant fish with good atmosphere and a pub to start or finish with you've come to the right place.

Highly recommendable.

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