Landlords Jono & Rosie have a long association with Upavon and The Ship. Rosie is Wiltshire born and bred. Jono moved to the village when he was ten years old and worked at the Ship for many years throughout school and university. It was always his dream that one day he would take it over.
When they heard the Ship was for sale, Jono and Rosie came up with a plan to realise this dream. It took over a year for his local backers (an artillery man and his sometimes-lawyer wife) to gather the necessary funds and sort all the boring legal bits. Finally, on 26 July 2019, Jono and Rosie stepped over the ancient threshold as Landlord and Landlady, their young son Wilf in tow. Number two, Winnie, arrived in September 2019 to complete the team. A genuine local enterprise with a young family at its heart.
In normal times, we are open all day, Wednesday – Sunday. In winter, you can huddle by the open log fire. In summer, you can catch the evening sun’s balmy rays that heat up the picnic tables at the front of the pub. Or hide away in our enclosed beer garden where the only sounds are birdsong and the hourly peals from St Mary’s church bells next door. Dogs and muddy boots are welcome inside and outside.
You can barely throw a stone in Wiltshire without hitting one of the incredible breweries we are lucky to have in the area. We serve an ever-changing selection of local real ales from breweries such as Stonehenge Ales, Ramsbury, Plain Ales and Three Castles.
Three Castles’ Stoned was first brewed by Lesley who has worked behind the bar at the Ship for more years than she would like us to reveal. People travel for miles to ask for Lesley’s advice and sample her latest choice of Real Ales.
We also serve Butcombe Original and Butcombe Gold – a village favourite – from further down the road in Somerset.