Last weekend Mark & I went to Swanage for his birthday. We stayed in a cracking B&B called The Limes which was dog-friendly and they provided us with a list of local establishments and eateries where the dogs would be welcome.
We decided we’d try the Ship Inn on our first night. We’d had a terrible journey down and the weather was pretty rubbish. This place looked warm & welcoming so we went in.
The menu had a wide selection of dishes including pub favourites, fish specials and a few more exotic choices. Being the unadventurous type I steered well clear of the exotics and opted for the mouth-watering sounding “Slow-cooked shoulder of lamb Shepherds Pie”. Mark picked a perennial favourite – Fish Pie!
We didn’t have to wait too long before being served some delicious looking food. My dish was absolutely crammed. The topping was a mix of what looked like crushed potatoes, maybe swede? and something else all towering over the top of the dish itself which was packed with chunks of tender lamb along with lamb mince and more vegetables. All in a rich gravy. You can probably tell by the way I’m describing it that it was sublime. Just gorgeous. So much so that I am going to try and recreate something similar myself. It felt very indulgent and was very satisfying. Mark’s fish pie was similar in that it was crammed with chunks of nicely cooked fish with plenty of sauce.
Apart from the bread accompanying my dish there was nothing left at all. It wasn’t the cheapest pub food but in my opinion you get what you pay for and this was *definitely* worth the money.