The Ship has had a revamp in the last 12 months or so. It now boasts a clean, modern-looking interior with plenty of bar space with comfortable seating, and a restaurant area with lots of tables. The main draw for many is the carvery - it is fantastic value and very tasty too. The price goes up on Sundays, and you can pay extra every day for a 'big plate', but during the week you can get a 'normal sized' carvery meal and an (alcoholic) drink for under £10. Have been there several times with friends and family - consistently good food, with a wide range of menu choice if you don't want a carvery. It's a nice place to go just for a drink in the evening too - it's not too busy, but equally it's not dead quiet either. The bar and waiting staff are very friendly and helpful, making the whole experience enjoyable whether you're dining or just drinking.
Ah the glorious ship. The meeting place for many a great night out in Leighton Buzzard. So what does this fine establishment have to offer? The Ship is in a very good location for meeting people. Located a short walk from the town center, about five minutes maximum (even when “under the influence”), and one of the first pubs you get to when walking from the station, or the Linslade housing estates. Also within short walking distance is the local park, perfect for a sunny summer afternoon, and the local school and 6th form center – the first stop on the way out of the A-Level exams. The Ship is made up of three main rooms: The front room has seating around the windows, a couple of chairs and tables. The main bar occupies the back wall, and there is a dart board to the right. Occasionally a large screen TV is used on the left-side of the room for important football matches, and there is also a small TV there permanently. Through in the back room there are also a large number of tables and chairs, sometimes not enough though. There are two pool tables in the middle of the room – Good for a quick game, but if the place is packed it can get quite difficult to play – Especially if you’re not that good to start with. A juke box, and some games consoles are also available in the room. The back room is closed almost 100% of the time, I’ve only seen it one, and that was when the door was accidentally, err, “removed” during a night out. There is also a small beer garden next to the car park. Although not the perfect setting, due to the slightly old benches, and the not-so-picturesque road nearby, it is still fine for enjoying a pint with your friends in the late-evening-summer sun. So what’s good about the Ship? Well you can get to it easily from most places, and it has a car park, for those coming from the surrounding villages. It has a friendly atmosph ere, with a notoriously young crowd. Its mainly a young-persons pub. The first stop on a night out into town, towards the other pubs and bars, such as the Litten Tree, and the Waterbourne bar. The jukebox has a selection of reasonable CDs, mostly covering classic tunes, indie and rock – not perfect, but still reasonable. The Ship can be good some nights, packed out with people, buzzing, however, on other occasions it can be deader than a very dead thing. So what’s wrong with the ship? Well although it has that classic “pub” atmosphere it doesn’t seem like the cleanest place to hang around in. It isn’t dirty, but then it doesn’t have the polish and “style” (looking for a better word) of the Litten Tree. The only other complaint I have is that a pint of smooth went up to £2.10 from its regular £2 price – I wasn’t a happy bunny when I found that out. I would recommend the Ship to people coming to Leighton as their first stop on a night in the town center. Perfect access to the station, for going to Milton Keynes, and other establishments there. However, if you’re looking for a pub to sit down and have a quiet relaxing beer in, without 100’s of young ‘uns hanging around, try The Hare Inn, much quieter. *Update* I'm off to Uni now, so I'm leaving the Ship for a while, but horror! they're re-decorating. They have a new "futuristic" jukebox. Maybe they're trying to lighten the place up a bit*... jamie