On a far from sunny summer afternoon out we decided to head to a pub for a bit of comfort food to cheer us up.
And The Ship at Bawtry managed to do just that. At 2pm on a Saturday afternoon the place was busy, but we managed to grab one of the few spare tables and escape the rain.
We ordered some drinks at the bar before settling down and starting to tackle the mammoth task of reading the vast menu.
Up on a gigantic blackboard to the side of the bar, there was an overwhelming choice of dishes including starters, fish and meat main courses, and chef’s specials. There were also lighter options including sandwiches for lunch time.
The sandwiches were tempting, but with a long drive ahead of us, we were after something a little bigger and decided to go for started and main course.
After much deliberation I chose the chicken liver pate followed by the slow cooked lamb shank, while my husband opted for the Whitby scampi and Venison steak.
We placed our food order at the bar and the waitress brought over our place mats and cutlery while we waited for our meal.
When our starters arrived we couldn’t wait to tuck in as they looked so inviting. The five generous pieces of scampi were succulent and tasty and the homemade tartar sauce was excellent.
The chicken liver pate also came in a generous serving along with cumberland sauce and brown toast.
It didn’t take us long to clean our plates, and we were left with high expectations for our main courses.
And once again we weren’t disappointed. The venison steak was cooked perfectly, medium as requested. The chips were chunky and well cooked, crisp on the outside and soft and fluffy inside.
The lamb shank melted in the mouth, but the minted gravy was a little overpowering for my tastes. The new potatoes had been just plainly boiled and could have been treated with a little more care and attention, as the rest of the food clearly had.
Both mains came with extra helpings of the sauce without us asking, a nice touch as I come from a family of gravy lovers who often ask for more.
We were too full for dessert, but once again there was a huge choice on offer with a blackboard each for hot and cold puddings. We will definitely make sure we leave some room for dessert on out next visit.
The Ship is a welcoming and cosy pub offering great value, hearty meals. There is also a lovely beer garden should the summer ever make a return. Well worth a visit.