Ship Inn Distress

4.5
62 Reviews
£25 and under
Pub
You’ll find the Ship in Distress pub in the historic village of Stanpit in the beautiful borough of Christchurch on Dorset’s south coast. We’re just a few minutes walk from Christchurch Harbour, famous for its fishing, walking and bird watching (Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group has recored over 320 bird species at the harbour and it’s home to three sailing clubs!). 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. So, whether you’re a local or in the area for a fleeting visit, come down and experience our classic pub food, drinks and friendly, warm atmosphere. We’re always happy to see new faces!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 62 people are saying
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RuthT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, relaxing atmosphere, would definitely recommend

JG
JohnG
London
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good quality food, lots of choice on the menu, a good selection of drinks.
Staff were friendly & hard-working.

SB
SimonB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The roast dinners are amazing!! Great cuts of meat and proper veg and roast potatoes. Would really recommend.

JT
JimT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant evening meal with friends. Sat in the bar area as the restaurant was empty and we wanted a bit of atmosphere. An enjoyable experience.

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Armstorm23
Dorset
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service. Not rushed and the service was incredible always there when needed

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Dawn56
London
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Sunday lunch is always great. And recommend the cauliflower cheese.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Every choice we made was first class! Just excellent.

MC
MikeC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good quality food at a reasonable price. Friendly staff in nice surroundings. Plenty of car parking too.

AB
AnnB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We found the experience relaxing and enjoyable. The food was good and the waitresses friendly

OT
OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was really good. Happy, inviting pub. Staff were busy but courteous and attentive. Highly recommend this place for excellent pub fare and reasonable pricing. Will be back again, hopefully.

RB
RayB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A good local. Plenty of menu options. Very friendly staff. An all round good evening meal experience.

JP
JulieP
Dorset
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely roast dinner, hot plate. Veg cooked to perfection. Meat nice and tender

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Dawn56
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sunday lunch was fantastic and such good value for money.

MH
MartinH
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Booked lunch with my partner and son , first time we had been in a pub since Covid restrictions in 2020. We were made very welcome by the staff. The food was excellent and presented very well by the waitress. I have no hesitation in recommending this excellent little pub for both a great welcome and excellent food.

NJ
NickyJ
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant and food - fantastic service - couldn’t fault it - great value for money

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StewartC
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is really nice. The staff are very friendly and welcoming. The landlord Gary is great fun and really welcoming. We had a lovely night. Thank you everyone at the ship

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good, no complaints, reasonably priced. Staff were pleasant, didn’t rush you.

SC
SiobanC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Staff very friendly great service
Quite a few items not available from the menu which was disappointing

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NatashaH
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fab night. The staff were very welcoming and friendly.

RB
RebeccaB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was lovely, cocktails were nice. Outside seating was lovely with music playing. Family friendly and dog friendly.

AJ
AJS81
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely place, delicious food, polite and efficient staff. Would definitely eat here again and recommend it to anyone :)

JS
JackieS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

No one explained that having the Christmas meal on 24 December needed a deposit and special booking. Your system allowed me to book a TABLE but WITHOUT the expected Christmas food. Disgraceful.

JS
JeanetteS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Christmassy 🌲🌲😀😀.
Lovely staff, food delicious x

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Foodlover
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely meal - the pub was very quiet because of lockdown. The only negative point was the lack of baby crockery and cutlery - but the landlady supplied her own baby spoon! Otherwise excellent!

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juliea
London
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the staff were fantastic. Very upbeat despite the fact they were going into lockdown again the following day.

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Timbo
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this pub
Food is excellent
Staff friendly
Clean tidy
Beer is perfect great selection
Highly recommend

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lesleyb
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, the Sunday Roast was the best, will definitely be going again.

RC
RachelC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Unexciting food but standard pub food, not 'hone made' but prib dudnt ezpect that anyway. Mind you the cho fudge cake was lush!

MB
MichaelB
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good value ,good food, friendly staff, good surroundings,

MB
MichaelB
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff, good food, good value, would recommend.

DR
DianeR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As we are both shielding, we felt very safe with the covid protection measures in place. A perspex screen between tables would have been welcomed.The service was excellent. We both ordered fish & chips
which was enjoyable & one of us had apple crumble afterwards, which was delicious. I was surprised that decaf tea/coffee were unavailable, but there was a good variety of herbal teas to choose from. We will definitely go back again & recommend the pub to friends.

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GeorgeG
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We popped to the Ship Inn Distress on a quiet Thursday afternoon on our way back from the coast with our 2 dogs. The staff were great and gave a lot of attention to the dogs throughout our time there (which they loved) and really looked after us throughout.

The food was lovely and came in good time. I imagine this would be a great place to go to in the summer too as they had a lovely outdoor space.

Definitely recommend.

MB
MichaelB
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polite , friendly staff, good food , good value, highly recommend.

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Foodlover
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience4

My meal was great however my companion is coeliac.

There turned out to be only one dish on the menu that was gluten-free. Even the soup wasn’t! The waitress appeared never to have heard of gluten free and had to ask the chef. Gluten free is hardly rare these days.

She then had to ask the chef what was the soup of the day.

Our lunch came - but the chips had been forgotten.

My sisters salad had no dressing. She asked for olive oil. The waitress disappeared again (!!) and returned to say that they had no olive oil - only sunflower oil!

The chicken with my sisters salad was dry - overcooked.

So, unsatisfactory. A pity. The new owners have decorated beautifully and it is very close to home. My meal was lovely.

PM
PaulM
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Stater vey poor in taste and size.
Main course fish and chips was a battered frozen pice of non descript fillet which was lacing in both substance and flavour. Deep fried a d presented with a handful of chips and a spoonful of mushy peas and tartar sauce for £12 I would expect a decent fillet of fresh fish freshly cooked, white in colour and flaking away beneath a nice crispy batter. Service wasn't great although asked frequently if we were OK by three different people still couldn't ring a second glass of white wine and instead brought a glass of red which we sent back.
Overall a vey disappointing experience and not intending to go back, would prefer to eat fresh food from other places. Still calk it the ship in disaster.

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Dawn56
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We have always loved the ship, it now has a new lease of life.

RB
RalphB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At long last we have a local pub that we can go to without breaking the bank.
Choice good. Quantity ample and service with a smile.

CT
ChrisT
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

5 minutes from where we was staying in Mudeford this place quickly became our stop off after a day out. They have a lovely beer garden which was great to have a couple of drinks in and relax. Came for an evening meal on our last night and had the mushroom and stilton starter followed by the T bone steak. Both were delicious. Dogs are welcome here there's even a jar of doggy treats at the bar for them. We are back in the area for Christmas and cannot wait to revisit this lovely pub 👍👍👍💕💕💕

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DarrylS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and nice setting in a really good atmosphere. The staff were pleasant and helpful without being overbearing and the food came in a relaxed and timely manner. Well worth the visit and would come again. Being slightly critical, when paying the bill, the terminal did not provide the option to tip the waiting staff who had been very good. I wasn’t carrying cash and felt awkward that the tipping option wasn’t available. On a second note, the COVID one way system was compromised by a group a cyclists entering in cycling gear and sitting without sanitising in view of staff.

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Stephen
Dorset
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The new decor is very pleasant and airy. Very good service without being over attentive. The food was good and good value. Compliance with Government guidelines for COVID was good without being overbearing.

FAQs

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

Ship Inn Distress is rated 4.5 stars by 62 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 reservations at the moment.