As soon as I arrive in the car park and see the incredible view out to sea, I exhale and immediately feel relaxed. A squirrel bounces along in the small woodland in front of me, looking equally as happy, and I think yes, I’d be happy living here too.
The grounds of The Ship Inn are spacious, yet when looking at the building, it still manages to feel welcoming and familiar. The place has a real feel of home, no doubt created by Charlie and Lou, who in the last 15 years have raised their family here and welcomed their customers and their families with the same regard.
A special member of the family who is hard to miss is Charlie Green. On entering the Bar, I was greeted by loud squarks and a small voice shouting ‘hello!’ residing in the pub almost as long as Charlie and Lou, Charlie Green is a favourite amongst all the visitors. Charlie tells me the first question he’s ever asked is, “Is the parrot still here?”.
Unable to fly, Charlie Green had a ball during lockdown as he could roam the pub and hide away in some very unusual places that often took Charlie a long time to find. This is also a parrot with discerning tastes – his favourites being Yorkshire pudding, chilli nuts and cheese and onion crisps.
Speaking of which, certainly one of the reasons why The Ship Inn is such a huge success amongst locals and visitors is the food. Charlie is not only a publican but a fully trained Chef with an eye for detail and the drive to create pub grub with a twist and elevate those dishes you know and love.
Passionate about locally sourced and quality ingredients, Charlie always looks at ways to innovate and keep the offering fresh and interesting for his diners. In 2019 ‘CharLouccios’ was created, two beautiful woodfired ovens in a charming outdoor area at the rear of the pub serving everything from stunning homemade pizza’s and occasionally lobsters too. Paired with beers, wines and award-winning cask ales, diners really are spoilt for choice.
In May 2021, in response to the pandemic, the couple added a new element to the business, Blu Savannah. Charlie tells me the name came partly from his own daughter’s name, the song but also how he feels when looking out at the expansive view across Bridlington bay, which is incredible from here. Located at the top of the Sewerby Steps between Bridlington Bay and Danes Dyke, it’s the perfect place to pick up a Three Ridings coffee whilst walking the cliff tops or maybe a Groovy Moo gelato on a warmer day where you can sit and enjoy a light bite too.
The Ship Inn is perfectly positioned next to Sewerby Hall & Gardens, which is just next door; the land train to Bridlington, which runs past the back gate and the expanse of the clifftops, making this an ideal location to visit all year round. All areas of the business are family and dog friendly with a great kids play area in the spacious beer garden plus lots of doggie treats available from the Bar, making sure everyone is looked after.
In short, I found The Ship Inn a perfect place to explore, unwind and escape everyday life. The unique scenery, fantastic food, and warm welcome will leave you thinking of reasons to visit more often.