The Ship Inn pub in Sutton is reopening today - here's what to expect

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Mar 2019

Revellers can expect big changes at a quiet pub after the family behind a new takeover has vowed to turn it into "the heart of the community".

The Ship Inn has had a huge overhaul with a new kitchen, pool table and bandit machines when the pub reopens on today at 11am.

Bosses at the family-friendly boozer in Sutton hopes to get "bums on seats" with freshly, home-cooked food, brilliant coffee and cask ales.

But, bizarrely, the joint family venture at the pub only happened because of Brexit.

Pub boss Michelle Ford, 50, said: "This is our first ever pub we have ran and we thought why not buy a pub. We had sold our house were going to buy a pub in Spain but Brexit soon put a stop to that.

The new faces of The Ship Inn. Pictured, from left, is Michelle, Robert, Ashley and Hannah Ford and Sandra Shepherd. (Image: HullLive)

"We want to be a destination pub and be where we can be at the centre of the community. We want to open our doors to Hull, we want to be the heart of the community and want something to eat why not come to the ship."

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 The pub has been closed since March 1 while the family moved in and spent £30,000 on renovating the premises. However, it will reopen tomorrow after a quick turn around.

Her son Ashley, 28, and daughter Hannah, 26, are going to be behind the bar and Ashley is also going to the baking.

Michelle, who is going to be the pub's new chef and licensee, hopes people will visit their new premises to find a bounty of home-cooked pub grub favourites, as well as changes that will begin in the coming months.

The new owners want to get families through the door and be the place for a "great atmosphere" and "dogs are also welcome".

Inside The Ship Inn (Image: HullLive)

She said: "People can find we have beautiful home-cooked food, including gluten free and vegan, food, including deserts. There will be a variety of food which will all be home-made and fresh cooked on the premises and nice selection of wines.

"We will have the classic pub favourites, liver and onions, yorkshire pudding wrap, home-made pies."

Michelle and the family have already had cask conditioned real ales installed ready to get more customers in through the door.

She added: "It is not yet fully redecorated, but we have already spent a lot of money on it. We have already gone above and beyond.

"The pub hasn't done food in 10 years, but we want to get families in here. There is going to a pensioner menu for two courses for £6.95 for pensioners, that will include a starter and a main or a desert."

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