One of the UK’s most unique pubs has reopened its doors – some 21 months after serving its last meal.
Based on the small island of Piel and surrounded by seal colonies, The Ship Inn is said to have had a presence on the island for more than 300 years.
On Saturday it began severing drinks and a menu of pub favourites as a new team – the Piel Island Pub Co – took to the pumps for the first time.
The Ship is now under the stewardship of experienced publicans Jason Lewis and Joanne Clarke.
Mr Lewis has decades of experience running kitchens, whilst Ms Clarke brings extensive experience front of house.
Kirsty Ridge (below), the managing director of popular Cumbrian pub company, Lakeland Inns, is a director of the new business.
She said: “An awful lot of hard work has been put in by the team over the last few weeks as we have battled against the clock to get The Ship Inn ready to welcome guests once more.
“This is such a special place, from the majesty of the castle to the beauty of the surroundings, and we feel very privileged to have the opportunity to run a pub with such history.”
Piel Island lies off the coast of the Furness Peninsula in south Cumbria and is surrounded by the waters of Morecambe Bay.
As well as The Ship Inn, the 50 acre island is also home to the ruins of Piel Castle, run by English Heritage, and a number of cottages that are occupied all year round.