The Ship Inn

The Ship Inn
The Toft, Elie, Fife, KY9 1DT
  • Telephone 01333 330246
  • Bar open Mon–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri/Sat 11am–1am; Sun 12.30–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–2.30pm, 6–9pm; Fri/Sat noon–2.30pm, 6–9.30pm; Sun 12.30–3pm, 6–9pm.
  • Average price £16 (lunch); £16 (evening meal)
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Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2016/17 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

This review is taken from the 2012 edition.

Overlooking Elie’s sandy bay, the Ship Inn offers well-prepared, comforting fare in a relaxed and sociable setting. The cosy bar with timber beam ceiling and roaring fire leads to two further dining rooms and a balconied first floor overspill. Décor and furniture are reassuringly informal with photographs of old Elie and maritime influenced artwork throughout. Local sourcing is to the fore with flaky fresh haddock in crispy light beer batter and generously filled seafood pie with rich, cheesy crumb topping. Chalkboard specials bring home-made scotch eggs and Guinness-rich steak pie while caper-dressed leaves complement smoked salmon tart and raspberry coulis lifts oozy baked brie. The menu brochure highlights year-round events from Easter egg hunts to a stylish James Bond themed evening with beer garden barbecues supporting beach cricket and a summer beach hut dispensing coffees and Cream o’ Galloway ice cream. Now in their 23rd year as owners Richard and Jill lead an efficient and cordial front of house helping the hospitable Ship remain at the forefront of community life.

  • High point: Generous fillets of haddock and home-made tartare
  • Low point: Seafood pie a little too rich for some
Fife Larder

Listed in the Fife Larderorder a print copy (free + p&p).

The focal point of Elie on a sunny day, the Ship Inn has acquired new owners and a major refurb for 2015.

  • Private dining: Up to 45 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Live entertainment: Various events detailed in the menu brochure
  • Capacity: 160
  • Largest group: 75
  • Open since: 1838 (1989 under current ownership)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle