The Ship Inn wears its charms lightly – it’s just an old pub on the seafront.

Ship Inn, Saltburn
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But it’s a handsome building and the views over the endless, golden beach and beyond the magnificent pier to the Teesside windfarms are pretty impressive, particularly on a stormy November day.
You walk into a much bigger space than you might imagine; at one end there’s a pleasant dining room, all wood panels and dark polished furniture and at the other a splendid tap room complete with red and black floor tiles, chunky wood tables, dogs and a dart board. In-between, a comfortable, big bar with bench seating and one or two quiet corners for whispering.
On the pumps find a good range of cask marque ales including Greene King IPA, Hobgoblin, Black Sheep and Tim Taylor Landlord, plus Tetley’s Imperial, John Smith Extra Smooth and a rather fine looking Kozel Czech lager.
Food at the Ship Inn is classic crowd-pleasing pub grub with the likes of prawn cocktail, fish and chips, scampi, a good looking gammon steak for a tenner and a monster mixed grill. Lasagne and curry is home made and I can vouch for the home cooked ham and egg (with good chips and minty peas, and a snip at £8).
Staff are young and friendly and their cheeriness adds considerably to the appeal of the place. I’m sure it’s a shoo-in on a sultry summer day (assuming Saltburn has such things) particularly on the huge terrace that seems to hang over the sand, but I like looking at the crashing, inky waves in winter, through the window, snug and warm.

About The Author

Mandy Wragg is a freelance food journalist, writing and inspecting for the Yorkshire Post, Alastair Sawday, the Morning Advertiser, the AA, Cool Places and David Hancock's Inn Places. She co-writes, an independent guide to eating, drinking and staying in Yorkshire.

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