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.

  •   After seeing good reviews i decided to give their take away roast a try and I was not disappointed.You have the choice of chicken,beef or pork with the option to... read more

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      First time visiting. Food was really good, had a vegetarian stroganoff and Sunday roast. Bar lady came across with water bowl for our dog and asked if he would like... read more

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      It's such a shame to read the last review, particularly so because I was there the same night as the person who wrote her review and I was sat at... read more

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  •   The bar and atmosphere was lovely. Had such a good time playing skittles and plenty to choose for a drink. However the food on the other hand was not too... read more

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      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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2 weeks ago

Ship and Pilot

We would like to let you know that effective today the Ship & Pilot is now in the hands of the landlady and her family. The Down family, owners of the Ship & Pilot have made the decision to no longer serve food and take the pub in a different direction. This was a sudden decision and is with immediate effect. The team at the Ship would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the last 18 months, we couldn't have done it without you. We wish Marlene and her family the best of luck and please look out for their new Facebook page and website in the coming days/months. ... See MoreSee Less

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