March – The Ship Inn

This is one of two pubs in March which are listed in the Good Beer Guide and it’s the only town centre pub of the pair. It’s located in an interesting building which dates to 1680 and which has two storeys and an attic, along with a thatched roof. I did note through a search of old newspapers that in March 1906, a Louis Fytche was fined 10 shillings, with 5 shillings costs, for being drink at the Ship Inn. This might not be particularly notable, other than he was the landlord….

The welcome was friendly and efficient, with the pub being clean, warm and comfortable. The beer selection didn’t particularly excite me, although they did have five real ales on. The options were unfortunately what I’d consider to be quite generic, I’d rather have had something a little more innovative, especially as CAMRA report this to be a freehouse which can therefore order what it wants. The Timothy Taylor’s Landlord was not the best kept that I’ve had, although it was drinkable and not quite at the stage I needed to return it.

There was nothing particularly wrong here and it’s clearly a popular pub with locals, but I couldn’t help thinking that I wasn’t sure that there was anything notable I could mention.