The Ship Inn, Owslebury

4.5
54 reviews
£25 and under
Pub
The Ship Inn is an oak-beamed country pub and restaurant, with a large open-fire place, built in 1681 in the picturesque Hampshire village of Owslebury (ten minutes from Winchester).
The Ship Inn, Owslebury provides a great venue for wedding receptions, birthday parties, Christmas parties and other events, with both an inside and outside kitchen. Events can be held in either the restaurant or a marquee in the garden.
Chef Philip Brown has pub kitchens in his DNA. He was Head Chef at The Royal Oak in Cheltenham, lifting the kitchen, and the pub, from obscurity to somewhere renowned across the county for its food.
His current position as Head Chef of The Ship Inn is the culmination of fifteen years of menu refining, flavour combinations and taste tests, to bring you a menu combining classic comfort food and exceptional dishes designed to impress - bringing a taste of fine dining to your pub dinner in this traditional setting.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 54 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.3
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good veggie food!

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Elaine
London
13 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So pleased there is new management
Great pub food and welcome
Well done everyone at the ship

SG
StefanieG
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of vegetarian food and very tasty

LW
LiamW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really spacious garden and incredible food! Set in a beautiful location, we would highly recommend.

JF
JackieF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely food and nice and sheltered outside under cover.

AH
AdamH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

MM
MelanieM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited in April 2021 and had a delicious lunch in the garden. Always judge a place by their chips - and they were perfect! I had the crab salad as well which was divine. Tables very spaced out and all very covid safe.

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AndrewB
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant
Superb lunch out
Couldn't fault it
Even the views and garden
We'll be back.......

MT
MrsT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food in a lovely garden. Tucked under a patio heater in the marquee, we had a fab evening out!

MD
MatthewD
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really nice pub garden

Service was good and so were the menu options. It is my first time visiting and I shall attend again.

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allang
Hampshire
6 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and great service in a lovely location. We sat in the garden and it was bliss!

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CarolC
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, very efficient service using the Hopt app - nice garden area

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time here, the food and the service were great-we will definitely be back! Thanks for such a lovely experience :)

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Lettie
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Ship is consistently brilliant - food, atmosphere and service are all top notch. Couldn't recommend more highly. The locally sourced, carefully thought through menu makes such a welcome change from the cookie cutter unoriginal gastro pub menus. Everything we ordered was delicious.

MC
MikeC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A Birthday celebration lunch that was enhanced by the glorious weather and the Ship Inn. The food was very good and the staff ensured we had a a great time even with the lock down restrictions.
The electronic ordering system put in place was simple to use and all but eliminated any interaction. The ad hoc drinks orders were responded to very quickly.
The quality of the food was outstanding and we will definitely be going back.

WY
WendyY
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our visit - beautiful garden, lovely food and excellent service - thank you!

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SarahT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the staff were incredibly helpful. It was our first visit and we all really enjoyed our meals. Will definitely return.
Only minor point was ordering via an app which was so-so, couldn’t ask questions & not all the message made it through to the kitchen, but the staff were great & answered all our questions & really looked after us.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor setting and good food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff and Food were excellent

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Andy
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor area. Great for families. Excellent food.

EC
EstherC
London
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice food, Lovely pub garden in a pretty village.

BC
BarbaraC
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Given the restrictions of the day . This was fantastic . Like having a private dinner party without the work , Excellent service andfood varied menue to suit everyone .

Well done the Ship

RT
RichardT
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Excellent food and service, can’t fault

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In amongst all the challenges of Covid the whole experience was superb
2nd time there and didn’t disappoint

SA
SeemaA
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location
Good food, well catered for vegetarians.
Good service and definitely would come again.

GW
GregoryW
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with very good service. Would definitely recommend.

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Sheetal
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service

SH
SallyH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Visited for dinner on Saturday night with husband, son and girlfriend. All very Covid safe with spaced tables, sanitiser and masks and a one-way system. Great choice on the menu and so much home-made and locally sourced food. Home made garlic mayo was fabulous and loved the home-made ice cream. Food was delicious. Beautifully presented and good portion size. Particularly enjoyed the chef's specials. Good service, meal came quickly and staff were attentive. We had a really enjoyable evening and also very reasonably priced. Would highly recommend.

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adamk
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice staff

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Chris
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In spite of covid arrangements the atmosphere was cosy with enough people present to feel companiable if not intimate. The menu was extensive the food well cooked presented and served including a pie to die for. We were away for a short break and probably wont return but not having eaten out for ages it was a highlight of the weekend.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed it and staff all wearing PPE made us feel at ease. All tables spread out and food was so great! Really enjoyed it would go back again !

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Golferboy
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Some of the food was all a bit stale and old. (Veggie burger bun and mussels in the bouillabaisse). The panna cotta desserts were almost as solid as a rubber ball. The sorbet was lovely though.
Shame - as normally food is excellent.

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philippaW
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for lunch, kind and knowledgable staff/owners. Very enjoyable

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Sallyjd
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A must for an evening dinner. Lovely old pub, we were welcomed warmly and shown to our table. Fantastic menu with a variety of dishes. We had a starter and main and it was all delicious and well presented. Staff were attentive and made sure we were happy and had everything we needed. Lovely.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful pub and great gardens where we ate.
Service friendly and relaxed.
My pork belly was perfect.
Flavours were great.
Burger was a little dry sadly.
Triple cooked chips to die for.
Definitely go again soon

HD
HazelD
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous service from young staff. Fantastic food and a great setting. Garden is beautiful!

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vipEmma
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Table was over half an hour late, no staff around, food was slow to come out, and they forgot to mention they had a live music event in the garden which lasted for hours

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Fuzzy
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Super pub, good food and friendly staff and booking worked really well.

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exchefdiner
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Set in a very picturesque village. The food is fantastic, the staff are very friendly and the atmosphere is very pleasant. Very welcoming to dogs too.

The staff are very attentive and even turned down a loudspeaker adjacent to our table without being asked.

In light of the very positive experience that we had, I find it strange to see some reviews at the opposite end of the scale.

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MAZM
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely old pub with a nice big garden and play equipment for younger children. Staff wore masks so we felt safe and the food was all yummy inc children's menu. Washrooms nice and clean. Beautiful location.
Opentable reservation hadn't been received by the staff. Oops. But a nice table was found so no probs.
Maybe phone booking advisable...

FAQs

The Ship Inn, Owslebury offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01962 777756.

The Ship Inn, Owslebury is rated 4.5 stars by 54 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.