The Ship Inn - Holy Island of Lindisfarne
There has been a public house located on this part of the island for several hundred years. Formerly called the Northumberland Arms, a complete renovation and refurbishment programme was undertaken in 1995 and upon completion the building was renamed The Ship Inn, although the Islanders still affectionately refer to the pub as “The Tavern”.
The inn a “free house” is situated in the area of Holy Island known as Marygate, which is perfectly located for those seeking out Lindisfarne Castle or the harbour. Since September 2005 the inn has been under the ownership of Andrew & Janice Hnat who proudly maintain the high standards which have earned the inn a 4 star hotel rated English Tourist Council award. Whether locals, tourists or the casual “passer by” the inn offers a warm welcome whether to sample its traditional ales, wines & spirits or good home cooked food, .
As you enter The Ship Inn, now totally “no smoking” the bar area has an ambience that perfectly portrays an atmosphere akin to the interior of a traditional sailing ship with wood panelled walls adorned with artefacts of life at sea in days of yore. In addition, various photographs and paintings portray a history of island life from days past up to the present day.
The lounge area is tastefully carpeted combining traditional stone and wood panelling providing a warm ambience for where meals can be enjoyed in the pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.
When fair weather prevails the lovely landscaped beer garden always proves a magnet for those seeking the outdoor air. The garden sits in a very sheltered sunny position and with seating for around 72 people it has become an extremely popular area in summer months enabling customers to enjoy the warmth of sun away from the sea breezes. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in our beer garden. However, dogs and other pets are not permitted in the guest rooms.
For those that want longer periods on the island the inn offers accommodation to a very high standard with en suite facilities in all bedrooms.
The Ship Inn has been featured on a number of television programmes. Of late, ITV’s “ Diary of An Island”, BBC 2’s “Working Lunch”, BBC drama “Cold Feet” and BBC Holiday programme, when St Cuthbert’s Walk featured walkers commence their 62 ½ mile journey at Melrose to Holy Island with the journey ending by being given a warm welcome at The Ship Inn. Recently reviews have appeared in the Sunday Times and the Mail on Sunday.