The Ship & Pilot has been a family run pub since the 1980’s. Find out a bit more about the history here. 

An Introduction

The Ship & Pilot opened for business in December 1980 by Richard & Marlene Down, however the building itself dates back to the 17th Century. Prior to becoming a pub it was a well-established guest house serving the holidaymakers and local fishermen. The pub was formerly 2 buildings before being joined together to become the one building you know today. The pub is still under the same ownership today as it was when it first opened.

Full of history 

The pub’s walls are adorned with historical photos and local maritime memorabilia. Taking centre stage is a ships wheel and propeller, which is prominently on display in front of the bar. These were dived for by owner Richard Down and his friends Chris Partington and Vic Knock.  Both items came from the Bristol channel, and are from the sand drencher, Stan Woolaway which sank in 1967.

keeping skittles alive

The Ship & Pilot has had a skittles alley since 1985 and is home to one of Ilfracombes oldest skittles teams, ‘The Shipwreckers’ who have played at the pub for over 30 years.

from then to now 

The pub has been recently renovated at the end of 2017 and has undergone some more recent improvements with a new bar, the addition of food being served and along with it a new food menu, and a new bar & cocktail menu.

  •   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


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