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.
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
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
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
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
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
We had a few pints here, very welcoming , friendly pub with good real ales. Very dog friendly. There was also good music/ DJ on the night we were there.... read more
We found this pub on our first day of our holiday and were delighted it was dog friendly. The owner,staff and even the cleaner were brilliant they made us feel... read more
This was a surprising find and hidden gem. The staff bent over backwards moving tables to accommodate our party of 6 adults, a dog and a baby. We chose it... read more
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
10 Broad Street