Lots of atmosphere and maritime memorabilia in busy little inn, with views across harbour to Farne Islands; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
A stone's throw from the picturesque little fishing harbour, the Olde Ship is all about celebrating Seahouses' nautical heritage, and offers a good range of ten ales to toast it with. You'll find a rich assemblage of maritime bits and pieces in the unchanging and old-fashioned bar: lots of shiny brass fittings, ships' instruments and equipment, a knotted anchor made by local fishermen, sea pictures and model ships (including fine ones of the North Sunderland lifeboat and the Seahouses' Grace Darling lifeboat). There's also a model of the Forfarshire, the paddle steamer that local heroine Grace Darling went to rescue in 1838 (you can read more of the story in the pub), and even the ship's nameboard. An anemometer takes wind-speed readings from the top of the chimney. It's all gently lit by stained-glass sea-picture windows, lantern lights and a winter open fire. Simple furnishings include built-in leatherette pews around one end, stools and cast-iron tables. Black Sheep, Born in the Borders Game Bird and Hadrian Border Farne Island Pale are among the regular ales on handpump; summer guests might include Allendale Pennine Pale, Firebricks Blaydon Brick or Tyne Banks Dark Brown; there's a good wine list, 35 gins and 70 malt whiskies; background music and TV. The battlemented side terrace (more fishing memorabilia out here) and one window in the sun lounge look across the harbour to the Farne Islands (as do some bedrooms). If you find yourself here as dusk falls, the beam of the Longstones lighthouse shining across the fading evening sky is a charming sight. The pub is not really suitable for children, though there is a little family room, and children are welcome in the beer garden (as are walkers), with its sea and harbour views. You can book boat trips to the Farne Islands at the harbour, and there are bracing coastal walks, notably to Bamburgh, the birthplace of Grace Darling.
The good pub guide food review
Tasty food includes sandwiches (including crab), duck and orange pâté, smoked fish chowder, vegetable lasagne, crab salad, gammon with egg and pineapple, chicken and mushroom casserole, pizzas, Craster kipper with brown bread, and puddings such as lemon meringue pie and rum and raisin pudding.