Photo of Ship

grid reference TM 478 705

opened 18th/19th century

owner Chestnut Group

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pub is on the regional inventory

opening hours:

food times:

(Times last updated 18/04/2011)

regular real ales

Adnams Bitter, Broadside + Green Jack range

listed building grade II

Local licensing authority for Dunwich is East Suffolk

CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.

last updated 30/12/2019

Dunwich Ship

previously known as: Barne Arms Hotel

Real Ale sold

Real Ale is available here

St James St, IP17 3DT

01728 648219

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Once a haunt of smugglers, the Ship at Dunwich isn't just a great place to eat, drink, relax and get away from it all; it's also part of a great local story.

The pub is set in a quiet, idyllic village, surrounded by nature reserves, heathland and beach, and only the romantic ruins of Dunwich monastery hint at the fate of this once thriving medieval town and port, that was claimed by the waves because of coastal erosion - in particular during a couple of terrible medieval storms.

The romantics say that you can still hear the peal of the church bells from beneath the waves, and up to 9 churches were lost in the Saxon township, but whilst nobody can guarantee that, there are certain more earthly things that the current pub owners are always happy to provide. Real ales, real food and a real fire. Comfortable, traditionally furnished rooms, some with views across the sea or marshes. An enormous garden, dotted with fruit trees (including a 300 year old fig tree) and a beach that really is just a couple of minutes walk away.

Beers from local brewers including Adnams, Green Jack, Earl Soham and Nethergate.

Beer Festivals in March and September.

Beer served through handpulls Beer served through handpulls

Lunchtime meals (not just snacks) Lunchtime meals (not just snacks)

Evening meals Evening meals

Restaurant or separate dining area Restaurant or separate dining area

Separate public bar Separate public bar

Traditional pub games available Traditional pub games available

Real fire Real fire

dogs-welcome Dog friendly

children-welcome Family friendly

Accommodation available Accommodation available

Pub is accessible to disabled customers Pub is accessible to disabled customers

Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox Quiet pub - no electronic games, piped music or jukebox

payable WiFi WiFi available (a charge may apply)

parking parking

Beer garden or other outside drinking area Beer garden or other outside drinking area

(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(** historic book information from Bob Mitchell)


The Barne family once lived at Shrubbery Hall and owned much land locally. They also once levied tax on coals landed on 6 miles of beach (3d per chaldron) and claimed small sums (fines and fees) for ship wrecks.