|The Ship Inn's beer garden|
The pub had a major refurbishment recently which, I'm glad to report, did not spoil its traditional atmosphere. It has several rooms of varying sizes and an extensive outside drinking area by the canal with covered tables, outdoor heating and lighting, particularly useful for smokers. There is also an outdoor children's play area.
The Ship is an historical pub and was built in 1750; the first cut of the canal was made just yards away. Canal traffic stills calls at there to this day, taking advantage of the available overnight moorings. Canoeists, walkers and horse riders are welcomed here, and pub is muddy boot and dog friendly.
It is now a JW Lees pub and when I called in it was serving MPA (Manchester Pale Ale), Drayman's Reward and Bitter from that brewery; the beers I tried were on good form. Lees Brewery is in Middleton, north Manchester, and its beers are not often seen around here. The pub's opening hours 11.00am to 11.00pm during the week, later at weekends.
The pub has long been known for its food, which is available to 9.00pm during the week, 9.30pm at weekends. It has been awarded the JW Lees Pub of the Year for its food. There is a darts night on Mondays, and an open mic night every second Friday. In keeping with the traditional atmosphere of the pub, there are no pool tables or games machines.
Telephone 01704 840077. Address: 6 Rosemary Lane, Haskayne, L39 7JP.
This is part of a series of articles that I am writing for the CAMRA column in our local paper, the Southport Visiter. Previous reviews are here.