Welcome to The Ship in Distress

filled soft tacos

OUR NEW SPRING MENU IS HERE

A new season means a new hive of activity in our kitchens as our chef’s cook up some new dishes. The fresh flavours of summer are always something to look forward to. From our new seabass risotto to our half roast chicken, we’ve got something for everyone on our new menu.

Father's Day

16th June

Where else would be more fitting to celebrate Father’s Day? Raise a pint to all the dads out there, whilst kicking off England’s Euros campaign with us. With our range of real ales and craft beers, our two course Father’s Day menu, and England vs. Serbia shown live from 8pm, you’re all set for a great celebration.

A traditional family-friendly pub

Soak up our friendly service and homely charm when nestled in this welcoming pub located in the heart of Stanpit village on Dorset’s south coast. Here at the Ship in Distress, we are the perfect retreat to sit back, relax and indulge in our delicious food with the perfect drink in hand.

We love our coastal location and our bar pays tribute to this with a fittingly traditional nautical theme! Dogs are welcome and we’ve got a large car park for visitors and plenty of seating space.

Our traditional pub classics are expertly crafted from our seasonal menus and the bar is crammed with local ales and tipples to tempt any taste buds. Using the most seasonal ingredients and decadent flavours, there’s a dish for every desire.

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chicken and ham hock pie, garden peas and gravy

Seriously good pub food

Where freshly prepared pub classics meet indulgent flavours, and irresistible bar snacks pair perfectly with our drinks.

With traditional family favourites, small plates to keep the little ones happy and generous sharers to enjoy between friends, our menu is bursting with flavour and promises to satisfy any craving.

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RAISING THE BAR

Our bar is fully stocked with the best selection of your favourite drinks! From world lagers to spirits, wines to cocktails and every tipple in-between.

Join us for a fleeting cocktail with a friend, a quiet pint at the bar, or celebrate the big occasion and start your weekend with high spirits. No matter what you fancy, we’ll have something to tickle your tastebuds every time.

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Christchurch Harbour

We’re just a few minutes’ walk from Christchurch Harbour, famous for its fishing, walking and bird watching (Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group has recored over 320 bird species at the harbour and it’s home to three sailing clubs!).

At its Northwest corner two rivers flow into the harbour the river Avon and the Stour and is a site of special scientific interest (SSSI).

Find Us

The Ship in Distress is located on Stanpit road in the heart of Stanpit village, Christchurch.

Whether you’ve been exploring the local area or just wanting a pub outing – we’ll see you soon.

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