The Ship

A stylish seafood bar & grill serving simple, fresh seafood alongside thick-cut, dry-aged steaks and indulgent desserts. Headed up by multi-award-winning Chef Patron Alex Aitken, the menus showcase regional flavours, using local produce and seasonal ingredients.

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About  

The Ship is a lively and stylish seafood bar & grill serving simple, fresh seafood alongside thick-cut, dry-aged steaks and indulgent desserts – all expertly cooked under the culinary supervision of renowned Chef Patron Alex Aitken.

About the chef  

Alex Aitken, Chef Patron for The Ship, is one of the South of England’s most respected chefs and a thirty-year veteran of cooking in the New Forest. 

Private dining

Come dine with me

Although the hotel has no private dining room as such, groups of up to 15 may be hosted on a large table in the restaurant itself. For larger bookings, private dinners of up to 24 guests or 100 guests may be hosted in our Priory Suite and Guildhall Suite respectively.

Our expert chefs have created a number of additional menu options exclusive to private diners. You may create your own bespoke set menu, opt for one of our fixed-priced, set menus, or choose our ever-popular ‘Bring me Food’ menu, with dishes delivered platter-style to the centre of the table for communal feasting. Private diners in the restaurant may also select from the restaurant’s a la carte menu.

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Sample menus

See sample menus

Opening times

Lunch
Daily: 12pm-3pm
Afternoon tea
Daily: 2pm-4pm
Dinner
Daily: 5pm-9.30pm
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Make unwanted gifts a thing of the past. Treat someone special to an experience they’ll love and remember – like an exquisite gastronomic dinner or a sumptuous afternoon tea.

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