30 Years at the Helm of The Ship

ship1On Thursday 19th November, The Ship Inn played host to around 250 guests as Andy and Rob Langridge celebrated the 30 year anniversary of their ownership with a big party.

Guests in nautical-themed fancy dress were treated to a Beatles tribute band, DJ, free buffet and happy hour prices all night. ‘Great fun was had by all,’ said Andy.

The Langridge brothers inherited The Ship from their father, who purchased the pub after looking around for the right place, in his longing for a change from his job as a greengrocer. They still agree today that Oundle is a good town, which is what drew their family to setting up a lasting, successful business.

Despite the recent economic downturn causing a few problems, when potential customers just did not have the spare cash, the pub weathered the downturn and continues to be a social feature of the town.

Andy credits this partly to keeping the pub much the same as it was when they took over: aside from a few refurbishments and ‘the odd new carpet’, visitors to The Ship appreciate the original oak beams and large inglenook fireplace. The owners pride themselves on their good service, with home cooked food and real ales, in addition to the bed and breakfast facilities.

Whilst the 30 year celebrations may have ended for now, they look forward to many more years maintaining the popular, historical free house in the heart of Oundle.

By Francesca Coates