Work has begun on a major refurbishment of the Ship at Marske

Work has begun on a major refurbishment of the Ship at Marske

The refurbishment will see the pub upgraded and returned to its former incarnation as a traditional pub. It will also be the first major investment in the village since the closure of the steel works in 2015.

The bar will close on 31st October but the lounge and restaurant will remain open until 7th November. The whole pub will be closed from 7th November, reopening on 25th November.

The pub had in recent years been run as a restaurant and suffered due to the closure of the steel works. However, since being taken on in June by Janet Thornton and Antony Graham, The Ship has traded as a pub once again and trade has doubled.

The funds are being spent improving the tired and outdated interior whilst retaining The Ship’s character. The couple want it put back to the type of pub it had been 12 years before, with a fisherman’s bar, sports bar with Sky sports and a pool table, a lounge and 70-seater restaurant. The first floor function room and five letting rooms are also being refurbished. 

The Ship is Janet and Antony’s first pub and has a special place in their hearts as it is where they first met 15 years ago. Janet had been working at the pub when Antony was an engineer at the steel works. Antony said: “We used to go to The Ship for a drink and witnessed it go downhill. We said to each other if the lease ever comes up we’ll give it a crack. It was a bit of a surprise when we did get it. It’s been hard work but we’re enjoying it. We’ve been so busy we’ve both lost one and a half stone since we started!  Once finished, The Ship will be the only pub in the area with something for everyone, be it great drinks, food, or somewhere to relax and watch sport. We’re delighted with the investment and hope it will be a spur for other people to invest locally too.”

Since taking on the pub, Janet and Anthony have taken on a new front-of-house member of staff and enrolled a member of the kitchen staff at college to complete his level 3 management and catering qualification.

The Ship will be the only pub in Marske to benefit from the HEINEKEN SmartDispense system, which produces consistent, superior quality draught beer and cider. The beer selection will also be widened to include older beers such as 80 shilling and Magnet.

Lawson Mountstevens, Managing Director of Star Pubs & Bars said: “The refurbishment is down to the great job Anthony and Janet have already done restoring the Ship’s trade to pre-closure levels. They live next door to the pub so know what people like. We want to show our support and help them grow the business further. To thrive, pubs like The Ship need ongoing investment to remain relevant to their communities and to ensure they deliver the quality of experience customers expect.”