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Ship Inn Distress, Christchurch, ENG

Ship Inn Distress

4.3
4.3
175 Reviews
£25 and under
Pub
Soak up our friendly service and homely charm when nestled in this welcoming pub located in the heart of Stanpit village on Dorset's south coast. Here at the Ship in Distress, we are the perfect retreat to sit back, relax and indulge in our delicious food with the perfect drink in hand. We love our coastal location and our bar pays tribute to this with a fittingly traditional nautical theme! Dogs are welcome and we've got a large car park for visitors and plenty of seating space. Our traditional pub classics are expertly crafted from our seasonal menus and the bar is crammed with local ales and tipples to tempt any taste buds. Using the most seasonal ingredients and decadent flavours, there's a dish for every desire.

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2 people

19:00


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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Pub
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–00:00 Sun 12:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    01202 801327
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Bournemouth
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 175 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Child-friendly

  • Dorset

    Good for groups

  • Dorset

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Dorset

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Bournemouth

    Best Overall

  • Bournemouth

    Best Food

  • Bournemouth

    Best Service

  • Bournemouth

    Best Ambience

  • Bournemouth

    Best Value

  • Bournemouth

    Good for groups

  • Bournemouth

    Healthy

  • Bournemouth

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Bournemouth

    Lively

175 Reviews
  1. Pol2

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good service. Would recommend. Good pub atmosphere.

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  2. SarahP

    Hampshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Terrible service, had to go and find a server, asked her if she could take our order, her answer was 'I suppose I can'. We ordered roasts, the potatoes were hard, clearly been sat around for hours and reheated. Poor quality meat. Will not be going back.

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  3. Mumdee

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and excellent value for money. I had the chicken schnitzel and it was delicious.

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  4. TonyM

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the meal choices was over cooked. The sevice was great and the pub comfortable.

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  5. RayB

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a nice Sunday lunch. Good all round. If I was to be slightly critical I felt the duo roast meat portions were slightly light and no crackling with the Pork.

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  6. AlisonR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All 8 of our starters and mains were excellent food was hot and freshly cooked The pub has had a great revamp giving it a friendly feel Paige looked after us all evening and was friendly professional and efficient

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  7. NigelO

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was good. Food was ok but small portions. The restaurant seating is adjacent to the outside smoke shed and the smell comes through with the traffic, not for me. Expensive snack.

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  8. carolyng

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The area we ate in was nice and dog friendly which is a must for us The food was tasty, however the person who took the orders muddled everything up and no one got what they had ordered- a bit frustrating as we did ended up not eating together as it took a while to sort the dishes out. It seems so simple to write down the orders but on this occasion did not work

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  9. favpicks

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Table for lunch for 13 people no problem, good service , reasonable prices.. parking at rear, would recommend.

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  10. RalphB

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Has become a regular place when I have guests to feed

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  11. MiaL

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always freshly cooked food which tastes great. None of this prepackaged menu served in other popular pubs. Genuinely great fresh food. Don’t tell anyone this is my secret treat for somewhere to eat. Been eating here for a year and never disappointed! Keep up the great work.

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  12. SharonR

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will be booking again defiantly 👍🏼❤️😃 good food always popping in for drinkies anyway our local see you tonight as well 😜

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  13. BarbaraH

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Sadly we were not told that the kitchen was soon to close and we were not able to get dessert Very disappointing

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  14. CarolB

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food, served nice and hot. Very friendly staff, lovely atmosphere.

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  15. Stephen

    Dorset

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We do enjoy the £7 meals as they are tasty and we don’t want to pig ourselves.

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  16. Dawn56

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for Sunday Lunch. The food was really great and such good value. When we’re next down there will definitely be in go a meal. Well done Deena and staff.

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  17. IanW

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice meal, nice place, easy to get to, very enjoyable

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  18. williamw

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The atmosphere was very relaxed, the service was efficient, professional and friendly, we had the Sunday roast which was just like home made, well cooked and plenty of it.

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  19. SallyP

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My favourite venue for a Sunday roast and an easy walk from home

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  20. RachaelJ

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Spent a lovely casual evening with girlfriends. Booked the restaurant as opposed to the bar area so that we could chat easily and hear each other, which we could. The food was fabulous, can definitely recommend the Piri Piri starter and most of us had Fish n Chips, which was huge and great value, better than if you’d gone to the local chippy. The Ship in Distress is a lovely local pub, always a friendly welcome and great service. Great pub for a good night out with friends, family and children, it’s great value and amazing food.

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  21. NigelB

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have driven past this pub many times but have never stopped as from the road it looks like it would be pretty small and cramped. How wrong we were! It's like the tardis, extending right back with various addirions over the years. Big garden and parking also available. The £6.00 lunch menu was a nice surprise as we were not expecting a great deal, but it was a great deal! Taste, presentation and service were very good. We will be back. Thanks.

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  22. GillianB

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The tomato and basil soup was delicious as was the chicken schnitzel

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual a fantastic experience ,, Love to eat great food along with great service and a really nice atmosphere while dining … Thank You Ship In Distress

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  24. SusanK

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely hot tasty Sunday lunch of very good quality. Friendly staff and quick service

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  25. DonnaR

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Was better experience than had expected definitely planning to return

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  26. Localman

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly. Good value food - we had lunch £6 menu.

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  27. SuzieH

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is amazing, service is very slow. Waiters forgetting to come back to your table, took 20min to order. Left before dessert as didn't want to wait 40+ mins.

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  28. 1234

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was really nice only marked down a star as food was nearly double the time they said it would be. Had the food came out quicker we would of had a desert but was getting too late and had to get toddler home. Friendly service would return again for a meal but would allow alot more time

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  29. Anons

    East Sussex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was slow.. waiting staff seemed uninterested and not very attentive. Food was tasty and good value for money but not a lot of choices for someone with gluten intolerance in our party. Some of the drinks on the menu were not available either

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  30. NickiDady

    Gloucestershire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second visit here for Sunday lunch and Second time absolutely outstanding. Food excellent, service excellent and great atmosphere. Definitely be back

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  31. RebeccaH

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff are delightful & the food is excellent!!

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  32. Stephen

    Dorset

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The lunchtime menu featuring smaller portions with a correspondingly lower price is a very good idea as not everyone wants to pig themselves. Even better when washed down with an excellent pint of beer.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We came for Lunch today & found there was a Lunch time offer which my partner had Fish & Chips with Mushy Peas for £6 ,, I can assure you know Small Portions here and the quality was fantastic… I had the Prawn Linguini Which was lovely .. In truth we always have a great time at the Ship in Distress , Its definitely one of our favourite places in Christchurch..

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  34. Dawn56

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was on the the very good of Pub grub. All portions were good. The seafood Pasta apparently was excellent. My son said the Chicken burger was one of the best he had tasted. And the Biscoff Sundae he was speechless!!! Sorry didn’t get the name of our waiter but he was great, very affable and efficient. All in all a very good Pub Meal.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and good food, will certainly return.

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  36. ScottD

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Having been recommended The Ship in Distress by a colleague, we thought we would give it a try for a Sunday roast. Portions were generous, veg was cooked to my liking and we thought it all gave good value for money. There was a band playing in the beer garden, which we weren't expecting, but this didn't detract from our visit. The staff were helpful and polite. I would definitely recommend eating here.

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  37. SarahB

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a super meal and were looked after really well and such a friendly pub. Had two dogs with us, no problems even when another dog started to bark and set ours off, sounding like crufts for a short while. We will be back thank you

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing experience.. The food was fantastic with a full restaurant some really polite staff & some fantastic locals that pointed us in the right direction it’s the 2nd time we have visited the Ship in Distress whilst being away … We would highly recommend this Gem of a establishment for all to visit before heading anywhere else …

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  39. AnnetteH

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Sunday dinner l've had in a while!! Not rushed & we kept being asked if we were ok

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  40. LorraineF

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous service and the best food we have eaten out in a long time. Made to feel very welcome and will definitely go back. Thank you 🙂

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Ship Inn Distress offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01202 801327.

Ship Inn Distress is rated 4.3 stars by 175 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ship Inn Distress

66 Stanpit, Christchurch, ENG BH23 3NA

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Bournemouth
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–00:00 Sun 12:00–22:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Pub
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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