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The Ship Inn: ‘A sensational Sunday roast’ – pub review

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We were left oohing and ahhing during our exquisite super Sunday roast at a packed to the rafters Ship Inn.

The 18th century pub stands on the Brimscombe Hill road, alongside the route of the Thames & Severn Canal. It was bought by Stroud District Council in February 2017 and put in the safe-keeping of welcoming Ship Inn landlord Wesley Birch, who is keen to stress the pub is very much part of the community, he said: “You never truly own a pub. You’re entrusted to run it for your community. It’s a great honour and privilege to be a landlord, especially here in Brimscombe.”

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With the rising cost of living, captain of the Ship, Wesley has been mindful when it comes to pricing his Sunday menu. You certainly don’t need deep pockets to dine at the Ship with a roast costing you a seriously affordable £16.95 for grown ups and £8.95 for the little people.

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What we devoured

What a menu, so much to choose from. I went straight for my go-to pork loin. You can always judge pork by the finish of the crackling and the chef was right on the money as it was crispy on the outside, but not too tough to chew. Humongus Yorkshire puds went alongside the melt in your mouth roast potatoes and a side of cauliflower cheese and an array of fresh greens and vegetables completed my bountiful plateful.

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Chef Mihai Casariu

My partner picked sirloin roast beef. Her beef was beautifully cooked, medium rare and served with a side of horseradish with vegetables and roast potatoes.

Already stuffed, we scrutinised the engrossing pudding menu, which we explored in depth. Eventually, I picked the Tunisian orange and almond torte with a dollop of strawberry ice cream – beautifully presented it went down a treat. My partner is big on desserts and opted for the rum and vanilla panna cotta and she remarked it was probably one of the lightest and creamiest ever tasted.

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The Ship Inn is really a place for the community to enjoy, we can’t recommend this pub enough.

A family atmosphere, top restaurant worthy food and a landlord and staff who care.

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Landlord Wes Birch at The Ship Inn in Brimscombe. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

Sunday lunch runs 12pm to 4pm at The Ship Inn, Brimscombe Hill, Stroud, GL5 2QN

To book call 01453 619132 or click HERE

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