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Smugglers inn is a pawfect getaway

8th February 2017

Jenny Green, from The Sun newspaper says “smugglers inn is a pawfect getway”. Here is what she thought of her visit to The Ship at Dunwich…

What’s it like?

A cosy country pub with rooms. Think roaring log fires, real ales and an unfussy atmosphere.

The Ship was once a smugglers’ haunt but is now a haven for dog walkers. There was a constant procession of pets in the rustic bar, which our Westie pup Ernie loved.

Rooms any good?

Lovely. We stayed in Seafields, a marsh-view family room with a double and twin beds upstairs.

The room had a retro radio, TV and lush White Company toiletries.

The complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits were a nice touch and Ernie was made to feel as welcome as the human guests, too.

Bedroom at The Ship at Dunwich

Eat here or grab a pizza?

The Ship has a rosette for its food and is also in the 2017 Good Pub Guide. We couldn’t get enough of the home-made Scotch eggs (there’s even a veggie version) and the sticky toffee pudding is to die for.

Ernie joined us for dinner in the conservatory and got lots of fuss – and biscuits – from the friendly staff.

What else?

The Suffolk Heritage Coast is right on your doorstep. There’s a great dog-friendly beach just minutes away and countless walking trails. RSPB Minsmere and the charming town of Southwold are also close.

So you’d go back?

Definitely. Pubs as dog-friendly as this are rare.