From the outside, little has changed at the Ship & Royal over the decades and the charming façade still features Tudor-style beams. Inside, the pub has been given a modern refit, with a contemporary-style neutral-coloured décor offset by more traditional elements such as high ceilings. A pool room offers some hands-on entertainment, while a small beer garden provides al fresco seating for summer.
The crowd at the Ship & Royal is diverse. As a dog-friendly spot, the pub welcomes its fair share of furry friends, who often stop here along with their owners after a stroll along the promenade, while families come for pub lunches or dinners. Sports fans pile in to watch premier league matches and other big sporting events on the pub’s big screens, while binocular-touting birdwatchers arrive fresh from the nearby avian hotspot, Ribble Estuary.
Perhaps the most famous guests of the Ship & Royal are not the living but the dead. Reputed to be among the top 100 most haunted buildings in the country, the locally-listed pub has been the site of several ghost sightings. Among the spectral figures who are said to hang around the Ship & Royal are a mother and son duo, who drowned themselves in a bath as part of an apparent suicide pact in the hotel back in 1900, and Squire John Talbot Clifton, an explorer and a one-time regular at the pub who died during an overseas expedition in 1928.
Get the VIP Treatment with Party Packages
Though it doesn’t have a separate function room space, the Ship & Royal is well geared up for parties and private events. Staff can section off an area at the back of the pub for birthday parties or other celebratory occasions. The cordoned-off space can accommodate up to 20 seated guests or 40 standing.
The Ship & Royal staff are accustomed to arranging special events and can offer all kinds of tailored party packages, whether you want beer, balloons and light bites, or cocktails, champagne and cake. There is even a large flat-screen TV should you want to watch a match or sporting event with a group of fellow fans.
Guests will enjoy the VIP treatment from the moment they enter the pub, when they will be shown to the reserved area. If you want, staff can even arrange to have some bubbly or other drinks waiting upon arrival so you can get the party started promptly.
|Function Room Information - The Captain Room|
|Hire Costs||Not Available||Area Type||private|
|Facilities||Beer Garden, Coffee Machine, Flip Chart and Pens, Hot Water Flasks, Sky TV/BT Sport,|
|Suitable Events||Funerals, Parties, Weddings,|
The nearest Train Station to Ship & Royal is Lytham Train Station