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About us

A few words

about our wonderful inn situated in the village of Wool, between Wareham and Dorchester

“Sam, Kat and the team would like to welcome you to the Ship Inn.  Our aim is to provide a welcoming and friendly environment for everyone, from individuals to families, locals to tourist and young to ‘young at heart’

Sam and the rest of the kitchen team work tirelessly to create a high quality, diverse, home cooked menu.

Our friendly and attentive front of house team aim to ensure that your experience is an enjoyable one, priding ourselves on extending a friendly welcome and providing quality local beers and fine wines.”

A little about Sam;
I am a chef by trade, completing training at the famous Langan’s Brasserie, London and achieving a Specialised Chef Diploma from the Academy of Culinary Arts.  I went on to work in various Chef roles over the following decade and most recently ran the Drax Arms, Bere Regis.  In our time at the Drax, we have enjoyed developing a great reputation for quality food and drink, in a friendly and welcoming community atmosphere.  I am now looking forward to the new challenges ahead of us as the Ship Inn!

Opening times

Monday – 12:00-23:00
Tuesday – 12:00-23:00
Wednesday – 12:00-23:00
Thursday – 12:00-23:00
Friday – 12:00-23:30
Saturday – 12:00-23:30
Sunday – 12:00-23:00

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Food & Drink

Menu downloads below

We offer a lovely range of starters, main meals and desserts, all made from locally sourced produce which gives us the option to adjust for any allergy or dietary needs. On Sundays we offer a variety of traditional roast dinners served with ‘all the trimmings’. We offer standard and small entree portions on most of our products, daily specials are also available.

Food Served

Monday – 12:00 until 21:00
Tuesday – 12:00 until 21:00
Wednesday – 12:00 until 21:00
Thursday – 12:00 until 21:00
Friday – 12:00 until 21:00
Saturday – 12:00 until 21:00
Sunday – 12:00 until 21:00

Our Bar

At The Ship you will find a great range of wines, specially selected to provide something for all tastes. We proudly serve Hall and Woodhouse ales, all beautifully kept. We stock an extensive range of soft drinks.

Our online booking system is for enquiries only, you will receive an email back with confirmation, please keep an eye on any junk folders.

For ‘on the day‘ reservations or those with any specific requirements please contact a team member on 01929 462247.

All garden tables are operated on a first come first served basis and cannot be booked in advance.

Select a date & enquire now

Please select your date and time and we will confirm your booking via email. Please note that garden tables are now on a first come, first serve basis and cannot be booked in advance. Many thanks

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Please see our Facebook page for detailed information about our monthly live performances, up and coming offers and events.

Here’s what we’ve got coming up…

Quiz Nights

Monthly quiz night at The Ship Inn, Wool - everyone welcome to join us!

First Tuesday of each month.
£1 entry. Teams of 6 max. Winning team wins the pot!

Hugh Budden and the Blue Chords

Live music!

Sunday 21st August 3pm – 5pm

The Transitions

Live music!

Friday 28th October at 9pm

Fever Street Gang

Live music!

Saturday 26th November at 9pm

Nina Garcia

Live music from Nina Garcia at the Ship Inn, Wool

Live music!

Friday 30th September from 9pm

Friday 23rd December from 9pm

The Samurai’s

The Samurai's - live music at The Ship Inn

Live music!

Saturday 17th December from 9pm

Contact us


The Ship Inn

BH20 6EQ

Call on T. 01929 462247

Please leave your details and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We can get very busy and we would encourage you to phone ahead to avoid disappointment. If you would like to make a reservation, please contact us on 01929 462247 or use the contact form provided.

A copy of our Covid-19 Risk Assessment can be found << here >>

Local Area

The Ship Inn is situated in the village of Wool, between Wareham and Dorchester, perfect for exploring the stunning Jurassic Coast. Popular tourist attractions such as Monkey World and The Tank Museum at Bovington are on the doorstep. Spectacular scenery can be found at so many local places including Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Kimmeridge, to name just a few.


Farmer Palmers farm park

Welcome to our Award Winning Farm Park
Farmer Palmer’s is an award winning, family run, attraction just outside Poole, Dorset. We offer free parking, easy access and a great value family day out.
Our passionate team ensure a fun-filled day out for all the family, and don’t forget to look out for Farmer Palmer himself!!!

To visit the website click here


Lulworth Castle

Lulworth is most famous for its Cove, a natural horseshoe-shaped harbour. Nearby, the Lulworth Estate also has much to offer. Whether you’re here for a day, a week or longer, there are attractions to visit, places to stay, stunning walks on the coast and in the countryside, hospitality (private & corporate) and an annual programme of events. Use the links on this page to find out more about the area, the places to visit and where to stay. Did you know that by visiting us you’re playing an active part in providing and protecting this beautiful area? Click here to find out more.
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Blue Pool

The Tea Rooms were built in 1935 of sand and lime bricks from the local Beacon Hill brickworks with a Canadian cedarwood shingle roof, allowing the building to blend in with its surroundings. Many of the fixtures and fittings are original including the pine floors.

Enjoy yourself in our nostalgic Teahouse with our delicious homemade scones.

We serve Morning Coffee, and Traditional Cream Teas with freshly baked scones, which can be enjoyed outside on the terrace. We also have a selection of hot light lunches, including Cottage Pie, Jacket Potatoes, Quiche, Omelettes and items from the specials board.
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Monkey World

Monkey World assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild.
At the Centre refugees of this illegal trade as well as those that have suffered abuse or neglect are rehabilitated into natural living groups.
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Bovington Tank Museum

The tank was a British invention that changed warfare for ever when it was introduced in World War One – and Bovington has been the home of the tank ever since.
From the Somme to Tiananmen Square or D-Day to Desert Storm the tank has played a part in shaping history – and it continues to do so today. This unique collection of over 300 vehicles is regarded as the best in the world and includes the world’s first ever tank, the feared German Tiger tank and the modern Challenger 2.
To visit the website click here


Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal park

Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park are a well established tourist attraction in Dorset attracting over 30,000 visitors a year.
The Gardens are grade II listed and whether you are a serious gardener or just someone who is looking for a beautiful place to visit they will not disappoint you.
There is a huge variety of plants and trees to see and don’t miss the walled garden which is a really peaceful spot. The gardens are tended by just 5 full time gardeners with help from students on various types of Horticulture courses.
The Animal Park was established in the early nineties and offers the Animal Care students an excellent facility to care for a very diverse range of animals.
The Park has recently become a member of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and will extend its range of rare breeds and breeding programmes over the coming months. Children love our friendly animals and the Park is an excellent place for them to play and have a picnic.

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Athelhampton House

Welcome to our 15th Century Manor House, near Dorchester, Dorset. Enjoy the historic rooms with antique furnishings. Walk around our Stunning architectural gardens and tranquil riverside walk and visit our art gallery, shop and restaurant.
Explore our website and learn about our facilities for a Wedding Ceremony and Reception, and the services we offer for private use and to businesses and schools. Find out about our sunday carvery, our cinema, outdoor theatre and our country pub.
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