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Walk in the footsteps of pirates, smugglers and sailors

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year

The creekside Shipwright’s Arms was first licensed in 1738, when the brick and weather boarded pub’s remote location on the Swale Marshes made it a popular haunt for briny ne’er-do-wells; it’s been a favoured watering hole for sailors and fishermen ever since. Best reached on foot or by boat, the effort in getting here is well rewarded, as this charming and unspoilt tavern oozes historic character. Step back in time in the relaxed and comfortable bars, which boast nooks and crannies, original timbers, built-in settles, well-worn sofas, wood-burning stoves, and a wealth of maritime artefacts. Locally-brewed Goacher’s ales are tapped straight from the cask, and make for a perfect match with simple, traditional bar food such as baguettes and jacket potatoes. Alternatively look to the specials board for fresh fish, or the carte for the likes of beef casserole; tomato and spinach risotto; and moules frites. In summer come and support the pub’s Bat and Trap team.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Opening times: 11–3 6–10 (Saturday 11–10 Sunday 12–10)
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12–2.30
  • Dinner: Friday and Saturday 6.30–8.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Goacher's, Harveys, local ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A2 through Ospringe then right at roundabout. Right at T-junction then left opposite Davington School, follow signs.

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