Log in or register
My AA Account

Sign in to see your cover and request assistance online

Log in

Don’t have a My AA account?

You’ll need your policy or membership number

Create an account

Your Finances

Loans | Savings | Credit Cards

Your Driving Lessons

Book a lesson

Great local seafood overlooking the bay

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly

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 fire, perhaps with a glass of Crail Ale in hand. Scottish produce, particularly local shellfish and seafood, drives the menu. Typical dishes include grilled Queenie scallops with lemon pollen; and Scottish lamb hotpot, and chop, braised red cabbage, roast baby carrots. 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.

Also at this location

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: all week 12–8
  • Dinner: all week 12–8

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available

Price guide

  • Main course from9.50
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A915 and A917 to Elie. From High Street follow signs to Watersport Centre and The Toft.

Use the AA Route Planner
Contact the establishment
Press to call
Main course from£9.50**Minimum price of a main course *Minimum price of a main course
*Minimum price of a main course
*Minimum price of a main course
Tell us about your visit

Thank you for your feedback