The Ship Inn

Elie, Fife

Guide inspectors in 2019 were bowled over by this village pub overlooking the Firth of Forth, with, uniquely, its own beach cricket team. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Guide inspectors in 2019 were bowled over by this village pub overlooking the Firth of Forth, with, uniquely, its own beach cricket team. Standing ‘right on the beach, on a no-through road’, it has been remodelled by Rachel and Graham Bucknall (see also The Bridge Inn at Ratho) and is promoted from the Shortlist. The best bedroom is Admiral, at the top, with sea views, roll-top bath and walk-in shower. Dog-friendly Sir Walter Raleigh, on the ground floor, had ‘a clear view of the beach’, and was furnished in ‘a simple but attractive way’, with ‘an enormous, comfortable bed’ taking most of the space. The ‘spotless bathroom’ had a ‘very efficient walk-in shower, Siabann bath products’. Downstairs, the bar was ‘humming’. You can eat here, in an adjoining dining room, and sometimes alfresco – perhaps Cullen skink, Arbroath smokie pâté, fish and chips, plenty for veggies and children. In the upstairs restaurant, Mateusz Majer’s menus are strong on local produce. Maybe hake, boulangère potato, confit shallots, asparagus, garlic chive cream. At breakfast fish was off the menu – ‘until the fish man arrived at the door’. The staff are ‘keen to make sure you are happy’.

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, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 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 person B&B £110–£185. 
À la carte £35 (vegetarian/vegan £27).