The Ship Inn

Elie, Fife

Rachel and Graham Bucknall run a happy ship indeed at this village pub-with-rooms on the beach, with view across the Firth of Forth. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Rachel and Graham Bucknall run a happy ship indeed at this village pub-with-rooms on the beach, with view across the Firth of Forth. Guide inspectors, arriving on a wet November day, found the place buzzing, ‘but we were greeted warmly, checked in’ and shown to a dog-friendly ground-floor room with white-painted shutters and a bathroom with walk-in shower. ‘The bed was enormous, dressed in white linen with a simple woollen throw.’ Admiral room, with bath and shower, is large enough to take an extra bed, and has a window seat from which to watch the pub’s cricket team playing on the sands. All rooms have coastal style, nautical knick-knacks, an espresso machine and Siabann toiletries. Food is served in the bar, with its log fires, and in the upstairs restaurant. Chef Mat Majer’s menus champion local produce in such dishes as monkfish with chickpea, saffron and tomato stew, haddock and chips or, for vegans, spiced cauliflower with sweet potato, pickles, tahini dressing, pomegranate and mint. ‘The staff in the restaurant were delightful.’ The Bucknalls also have The Bridge Inn at Ratho (see Shortlist entry).

Hotel details

Address

The Toft
Elie
Fife
KY9 1DT
Scotland

Telephone

01333 330246

Bedrooms

6.

Open

all year, except Christmas Day.

Facilities

bar, restaurant, beach bar, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, beer garden/terrace.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

in bar, downstairs restaurant, 
2 bedrooms (£15 per stay).

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £100–£220. 
À la carte £35 (vegetarian/vegan £27). 1-night bookings refused at New Year.