Pub Details

Name: Ship In Distress Location: Christchurch Type: Public House
Maggie Wheeler
66 Stanpit
Christchurch BH23 3NA
Dorset UK
Ship in Distress

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Email this pub Welcome to The Ship in Distress at Mudeford
near Christchurch.

Now reopen after the fire last year and had a full refurbishment.

Award winning Seafood Restaurant and Gastro Pub.Described on more than one occasion as "absolutely superb",our award winning fish and seafood restaurant has a remarkable history.Dating back over 300 years this one time smugglers pub is steeped in history and local folklore and has been featured on television and film, as well as being mentioned in many books written about smuggling.These days however we have developed this beautiful old building in to one of the best restaurants in the south of England. The quality of our fresh local fish and seafood is second to none. Our menu changes with the tide and is prepared according to what freshly caught fish, crab and lobster are available from local fishermen each day.However, if you are not a fish lover then please don't worry, we always have a selection of mouth watering meat and vegetarian dishes available.
We are also proud to announce that under the expert guidance of our Proprietor, Maggie Wheeler and our Head Chef, Phil Etheridge and his team, we have been awarded the prestigious "Two Rosettes Award" by The Automobile Association for the excellence of our cuisine. We also feature in the ever popular "Alistair Sawday Guide to Pubs and Inns of England and Wales", a "must have" book for lovers of good pubs and food.Lunches are served every day from noon until 2.00pm and dinner from 7pm until 9.30pm (last orders). Advance booking is recommended.

Opening Hours

Friday Thursday Wednesday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Monday
Opening 11:00AM 11:00AM 11:00AM 11:00AM 11:00AM 11:00AM 11:00AM
Closing 12:00PM 12:00PM 12:00PM 12:00PM 11:00PM 12:00PM 12:00PM

We offer Facilities

Car Park, Coach Parties welcome Prior booking required Children welcome, Garden, Dogs allowed Heated covered seating area for Smoking

  • Car Park
  • Beer Garden
  • Pets Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Children's Outdoor Play Area
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Open Fire Place
  • Coaches Welcome
  • Baby Changing
  • Patio
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Smoking Area
  • Credit cards accepted

We offer Entertainment

As well as having an award winning Restaurant, we pride ourselves on the comfort and warm welcome you will receive in our thriving lounge and public bars.

  • Satellite TV
    • Terrestrial
  • Dartboard
  • Card Games
  • Fruit Machines
  • Traditional Pub Games
  • Stag or Hen Parties Welcome

We offer Events

During the year we have a number of Special Events and Theme Evenings.

  • Live Music & Bands
  • Theme Nights

We offer Food

Our Seafood menu changes daily according to the availability of freshly caught seafood, most of which is from nearby Mudeford Quay.
Lunch Time From: 12pm - 2.00pm and til 2.30 at the weekends
Evenings From: 6.30 pm - 9:00pm
Traditional Bar menu availa

  • Bar Meals
  • Restaurant Meals
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Children's Menu
  • A La Carte Menu
  • High Chairs
  • Service Included
  • Specials Board
  • Sunday Roast
  • Types of Cuisine
    • Traditional English
    • Vegetarian
    • Fish

We offer Drinks

Our extensive range of restaurant wines, sourced from all over the world, means that we can always offer you a wine that will compliment and enhance your meal.
we offer a wide range of real ales including guest ales, lagers, wines and spirits.
Casque Ma

  • Ale dispensed by gravity
  • Coffee / Tea
  • Red wines
  • White wines
  • Champagnes
  • Real ales
  • Rotating guest ales
  • Soft drinks
  • Spirits





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