Monday, 30 April 2007

Jazz Night Sunday 1st July 2007

Back by popular demand Peter Roughead and The Tweed River Jazzmen will be playing again at The Ship on Sunday 1st July, starting at 830 pm. As always, Peter's band plays New Orleans trad jazz and if the evening runs to form he and his band will have a few folks dancing in the aisles. They are not to be missed and as always, will be playing for pure enjoyment with any donations given will be gratefully received and donated to The British Heart Foundation.

Sunday, 29 April 2007

North Shore's Bed & Breakfast - The Hut?

For those visiting the island and enjoying the comfort the The Ship Inn can provide a visit to The North Shore of the island to see "The Hut" is to experience something a little different. It is understood the foundation work commenced around the new millennium and over the past 7 years has transgressed from a few piles of rocks into a substantial dwelling. Although some folk may say basic, this little masterpiece can provide shelter from the strong prevailing winds. Inside, although small, it provides a stone seat or two, which is remarkably comfortable, especially after walking across the sands (and at low tide the shingle & rock) of the wonderful North Shore Bay. Although no "star rating" adorns the entrance, this little gem is worth a visit and should be on all keen walkers to Holy Island visitors "must do" list. Inside held in a waterproof container is a guest book, with comments that would be the envy of any hotel or B&B establishment, project photographs, plus a few surprises in store that will be a talking point when you get back.

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Ship Inn Garden Opens For The New Season 2007

The Ship's garden opened for business for the Easter weekend. During the latter weeks of March much of the popular beer garden was re-turfed all in time for another busy season ahead on Holy Island. Tables were completely stripped down by employee Tomasz Poliwczak and were brought back to their new condition.The 1st customer used the garden facilities on Thursday 5 April on what turned out to be a warm sunny day, a perfect start to an enjoyable, but very busy
Easter weekend.

The First Garden Visitor for 2007

Maggie Carr of Selby, Yorkshire enjoys a complimentary Campari & Orange for being the very 1st visitor to the Ship garden

New Kitchen Provides New Menu

Work for the new kitchen started with planning design meetings back in July 2006. During their first full season co owner, Andrew Hnat, realised that the original kitchen, although doing a good job was limited due to its small size. The Ship has always had a good reputation for its range of drink and good value food but it soon became apparent that the business could achieve a far greater potential if the kitchen facilities were improved.

Working closely with main contractors. Border Refrigeration and Catering Equipment in conjunction with the appointed building contractor, Johnson of Belford Northumberland, work commenced on the very first weekend of the New Year 2007. The target of end of February was agreed to and was achieved with the close cooperation of the main contractor with the full support of nominated sub contractors.

However, as Andrew said “it was a bit like a scene out of the BBC programme “Changing Rooms” with the customer coming around the corner at any minute" there were the inevitable problems over the main 6 week programme but we got there with literally only a few hours to spare!"

The major work entailed major new structural steelwork to support removal, or repositioning of internal walls to create a new kitchen that is now 250% bigger then the old version. With the full approval of the local authority work was carried out ensuring that any changes complied sympathetically to the needs of the building which is grade 2 listed.

In conjunction with the major build encompassing new walls, ceilings, and floors all to the latest food catering standards a new kitchen cooking range of equipment has been installed to compliment the new layout. All areas are supported by a new ventilation system which combined with new process flow provides an ambiance complimentary to a state of the art kitchen.

By creating this new and exciting facility it has enabled head chef, Paul Armstrong, in conjunction with joint owners, Andrew Hnat & Janice Cowan, to create a new menu introducing many new creative dishes to the inn's table with supporting seasonal changes posted on the “Specials Board”.

To view our current menu please use the link provided via the main web page. We hope you will enjoy the new creative menu that we have thoughtfully put together.

Diary of An Island

Follow a year on Holy Island, as filmed by Tyne Tees Television. The new 8 part series has its first transmission this Thursday 19 April broadcast at 7.30 pm. The "fly on the wall" documentary follows life on Holy Island commencing near Christmas 2005 through to the end of the year 2006.

The Ship features in New Year 2005 and Jazz night during Autumn 2006. Details of the forthcoming Jazz events can be viewed on the separate link Jazz at The Ship.

Forthcoming Jazz Event

Back by popular demand The Tweed River Jazzmen lead by Peter Roughead will be appearing again at The Ship on Sunday 29 April. Peter and his band first played at The Ship back in July 2006. This very first evening was a such a success with our Holy Island locals and visitors a return booking was made for November 2006 and featured in the Tyne Tees Television series "Diary of An Island". The first episode will be transmitted on Thursday, April 19th at 7.30 pm on ITV. See link for more specific details.

Peter's band play an easy listening "toe tapping" mix of traditional New Orleans jazz. Careful attention is always paid to the evening selected to ensure a good open tide will allow folk to enjoy the pleasure of "Jazz at The Ship" and not be stranded after the event. Please note, the island will open at 1700 hrs and close at 0045 hrs Monday morning, which should leave plenty of time to come and go. For those who fancy an evening meal before the jazz begins, just give us a call on 01289 389311 and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Also if you can't make this date the next jazz night will be on Sunday 1 July.... more details to follow.