The Ship Inn was the AA Pub of the Year for Scotland 2016–17. Graham and Rachel Bucknall took over The Ship Inn at the end of 2014 and immediately set about refurbishing it before reopening it in the summer of 2015. Overlooking Elie Bay, the beer garden of this coastal pub is on the beach itself and there is an outside bar and barbecue throughout the summer. With its bay views, the light and airy upstairs restaurant has a seaside feel and a gallery space showcasing Scottish artists. In winter, grab a sofa or armchair next to the open fires or wood-burning stoves, perhaps with a glass of Edinburgh Gold in hand. Scottish produce, particularly local shellfish and seafood, drives the menu. Typical dishes include smoked haddock, mussel and clam chowder; and braised venison pie with creamy mash potato. Time a visit between May and September and you might well see the pub’s cricket team play a match on the beach, all depending on the tide of course.