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Coastal pub renowned for its fish and chips

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly

Dunwich was at one time a medieval port of some size and importance, but the original village was virtually destroyed by a terrible storm in 1326. Further storms and erosion followed and now the place is little more than a hamlet beside a shingle beach. Two minutes’ stroll from the briny, The Ship at Dunwich is a well-loved old smugglers’ inn overlooking the salt marshes and sea; today it’s popular with walkers and birdwatchers visiting the nearby RSPB Minsmere reserve. The Ship keeps Dunwich on the map with its ancient fig tree in the garden, hearty meals, and ales from Brandon’s, Earl Soham and Green Jack – to name just three of the local brews on offer. The delightfully unspoilt public bar appeals with nautical bric-à-brac, a wood-burning stove in a huge fireplace, flagged floors and simple wooden furnishings. The Ship is locally renowned for its fish and chips, which include a choice of cod, haddock or plaice.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: all week 12-3
  • Dinner: all week 6-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Adnams Southwold Bitter, Humpty Dumpty, Brandon Rusty Bucket, Earl Soham, Green Jack, Grain Norfolk Brewery, Woodforde's, St Peter's
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets


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

Getting here

North on A12 from Ipswich through Yoxford, right signed Dunwich

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