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.
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.
Like all of Alex's restaurants, the philosophy at 'The Ship' is to showcase regional flavours, using local produce and seasonal ingredients where possible.
Signature dishes (highly recommended) include a Harbour Fish Pie, a home-made seafood burger, our infamous twice-baked cheese soufflé, and a cod fillet topped with crab crumb.
The restaurant also serves a traditional full afternoon tea, featuring freshly baked cakes, scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, and freshly prepared sandwiches. Served with a selection of teas or coffees – or even a glass of fizz.
"Would definitely recommend to family and friends! A lovely meal and was really impressed with the service"
"Staff were amazing from the outset, presentation wonderful and the setting itself, stunning. Without a doubt we would highly recommend and will return soon."
"There is a really nice bar with great cocktails before dinner. The restaurant itself is very nice. The menu had a good choice for all tastes. We had chateaubriand which was excellent."
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.
His culinary expertise began on the sea, where he worked as a fisherman, giving him unparalleled knowledge of fish and seafood. He then taught himself to cook, before starting, in 1983, his own highly-acclaimed restaurant, Le Poussin in Brockenhurst. He won his first Michelin Star in 1995, which he subsequently held for 14 years.
From the beginning, he has championed using simple, seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients to produce outstanding fresh food. He has received multiple awards and accolades throughout his career for creating menus that showcase the region’s finest flavours.
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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