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ADVERTISING FEATURE: Team from The Ship at Caton look back on 100 days at the helm

Darren 'Chaz' Chaisty, Ben Vandenbrink and Dan Barry from The Ship at Caton

The team at The Ship at Caton have been reflecting on their first 100 days in charge of the village pub near Lancaster.

Darren 'Chaz' Chaisty, Dan Barry and Ben Vandenbrink took over at The Ship earlier this year and say it's been "a whirlwind" few months.

"We wanted to make a place that was great for staff to work, a great place to come and eat and drink, and somewhere that was different," said Dan.

"Some 100 days on or so, there's more to come, but I think we've done that."

But their success comes with words of warning for others who may be wanting to enter the hospitality trade.

"The pub game is not easy," said Ben.

"There are things that need to change within the industry."

See our video interview below with Dan, Ben and Chaz from The Ship.


Nestled amidst breathtaking landscapes and brimming with nautical charm, The Ship Inn is your perfect destination for a delightful dining and a welcoming pub experience.

The cosy interiors are adorned with some of the history of the area and memorabilia that pay homage to the village’s past, framed by two open log fires, soft chairs for lounging, sailor barrels for drinking, and comfortable seating for dining.

The warm and inviting ambience is perfect for a relaxed meal with family and friends, or a quiet drink by the fireplace.

Under head chef Ben, the warm and welcoming Ship is becoming renowned for its high quality delicious food (see below).

Alongside their regular menu, he has plans to introduce supper clubs starting in February and a six month roster of guest chefs, serving worldwide cuisine.

Bookings are filling up fast for the Christmas period and The Ship is also running a New Year's Eve party.

To book a table at The Ship email theshipinn@caton.co.uk

And for more information about the pub see The Ship Inn at Caton website.

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