Welcome to The Ship & Pilot

Your friendly local pub in Ilfracombe with a warm intimate atmosphere

About Us

Situated a stones throw from Ilfracombe’s picturesque harbour and only a short walk from the South West Coast path the Ship & Pilot is a popular choice for, walkers, holiday makers and locals alike. We are a family friendly, dog friendly pub serving food and drink where you will always receive a warm welcome.

Fancy a drink? 

We serve some of St Austell brewery’s award-winning range of cask ales and draught beers including many of the South West’s most loved brews: Tribute, Proper Job and our own bitter aptly named ‘Ship’s Pilot’. Plus we are the only bar in Ilfracombe to serve the legendary Cornish Rattler cider. We also stock a wide range of fine wines, spirits and soft drinks.

Or a bite to eat?

Join us for a light bite, or an evening meal. We have something to suit everybody! Our menu includes local quality produce cooked fresh to order. Whether you fancy a curry, a burger, or a sea food platter you’ll find something to appeal to the entire family, even the fussiest of eaters!

groups & parties

The Ship & Pilot is a great destination for families, groups and parties. So, whether you’re looking for a place for your club or society to drink and socialise, or you would like to hire us out for a party, The Ship & Pilot should be your first port of call.

Keeping skittles alive 

The traditional pub game of skittles is under threat of extinction as alleys shut in many pubs. The Ship & Pilot is helping to keep the sport alive in Ilfracombe with regular matches hosted during the week throughout the year. 

come and join us 

So, whether you’re looking to grab a quick pint with a friend, a catch up over coffee or even a delicious meal with family or friends, The Ship & Pilot is a great venue to visit.


The Ship & Pilot has been a family run pub since the 1960’s, but the building is known to be as old as the 1700’s. Our walls are adorned with historical photos of the local area historical maritime artefacts.

  •   We had planned to view the RNLI Lifeboat Station and visit the Shop
    This we did and then on what was a blusterry chilly morning searched for a welcome coffee... read more

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      After walking around on a cold windy day popped in here for a drink. What a lovely place. The staff are very friendly and there is a good beer selection.... read more

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      Bar maid.... emma was lovely. Pregnant and worked her socks o
    ff. Sadly she had 2 shut coz she wasnt taken off. Didnt turn up so was shut at 7.... read more

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  •   Always enjoy a visit to this pub whenever i visit ilfracombe, staff always happy & friendly, food always good at reasonable prices, drinks prices good & always feel welcome with... read more

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      Having been in town a few days and so many places closed we knew to book in advance having noticed the place looked busy - also 1 of our group... read more

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      We visited on a saturday night..

    The food took some time, however the staff were constantly apologising for the delay, and were told initially it was going to... read more

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  •   Just popped in for drinks , traditional pub environment with friendly welcoming staff , the food passing us by did look very good but as stated we only had drinks... read more

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      Visited with my family and was told that 1/2 the menu was unavailable
    There was no fish at all no lasagne or pies
    Although a limited menu choice... read more

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      Although we had pre ordered our meals, the wait was long and the service barely civil and certainly not friendly. Food was pretty mediocre and one lady seemed to have... read more

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Opening times

Monday : Closed
Tuesday : 5:00pm -11.00pm
Wednesday - Friday : 12.00pm -11.00pm
Saturday : 12.00pm -12.00am
Sunday : 12.00pm -10.00pm 

Food Serving Times

Daytime Menu : 1:00pm-5.00pm
Evening Menu : 6:00pm-9.00pm*
Sunday Menu : 12:00pm-7.30pm

* Last food orders 8:30pm when live music is on




Contact us 

10 Broad Street
North Devon
EX34 9EE

01271 267324


4 days ago

Ship and Pilot

Dont forget quiz night returns this eve f3om 6pm, with £1 of every entry going to charity (Alzheimers society and Over and Above). The winning team wins a free round of drinks and the overall winning team next week wins the prize money. ... See MoreSee Less

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