About us

The Ship Hotel, New Romney, is a 15th century pub & hotel situated in the heart of Romney Marsh with a large restaurant, a conservatory, a  garden, 10 comfortable en suite bedrooms and an indoor & outdoor bar. The hotel is tastefully decorated and offers a warm welcome.

Situated at the end of the High Street in New Romney, The Ship Hotel enjoys a heated outside area as an extension of the indoor pub. There is a conservatory area for a more sheltered drink, as well as the main pub and lounge area - which proudly displays some original features, such as the brick fireplace - and a lovely restaurant with seating for over 70 people that doubles as a large function room.

Visitors are warmly welcomed, and we are sure that you will enjoy your stay with us.

We can also cater for functions: weddings, birthday parties & anniversaries.

Friday night is Disco night, which finishes promptly at midnight.

The Ship Hotel Exterior

The Original Ship was built of mainly ship timber brought from the old port of New Romney. The first recorded keeper is one Thomas Banne, who is described as an "ostler" of the parish of Romney. The inn is mentioned in the will of Samuel Dunstare in 1579.

In 1662 it is recorded that the inn underwent extensive alteration, the thatch, wattle and daub was removed in part and replaced with tiles and bricks. The present facade was erected in 1728. At the height of the coaching era of the mid to late eighteenth century, The Ship was an established coach halt being situated on the main Rye to Dover route, and is mentioned as a compulsory stop in the timetable of 1802. More recently In the 20th century the cellar was also used as a public air-raid shelter in World War II.