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The Ship Tavern

12 Gate Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 3HP

(((() British
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday : 12:00 - 22:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 21:00

great place, good surroundings, not too packed in, so good have a good conversation with friends, great service

Ray Hardy 03 October 2016
from Croydon

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A traditional ale house and dining room hidden in the heart of Holborn, The Ship Tavern in London prides itself on cooking British culinary favourites. One of Holborn’s best pubs and dating back to 1549, The Ship boasts a fruitful history.

Classic pub fare characterises The Ship Tavern menu, from comforting pies to hearty steaks. Start with soft shell crab fritters or braised ox cheek, followed by venison steak au poivre, or halibut with razor clams. End with a baileys crème brûlée, or a selection of British cheeses.

Guests can choose between the mahogany-walled dining room adorned with antique paintings and roaring fires, and the cosy pub downstairs. Graze on light bites and snacks from the Ship bar menu while you enjoy one of the gins: a selection so vast, there is a menu specially devoted to it.

The daily specials and real ales are highlights at The Ship Taven Holborn, alongside the Sunday roast and frequent live jazz sessions. Holborn Tube Station is a 2-minute walk away.

The Ship Tavern

12 Gate Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 3HP

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Customer reviews for The Ship Tavern

4.4 (((() (based on 137 reviews)
96% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (102)
  • lunch (61)
  • romantic (46)
  • private dining (34)
  • value (24)
  • business (19)
  • large parties (16)
  • entertainment (6)
  • child friendly (5)
  • luxury (5)
  • afternoon tea (3)
  • trendy (3)
  • ((((( by from London

    We had an excellent Sunday Lunch at the Ship. From the moment we walked in, great atmosphere, decor and fabulous service. We all really enjoyed the food, exceptionally good carrot soup and very generous roast beef. Would definitely go again!

  • ((((* by from Oslo

    Nice atmosphere, quick service.

  • (((** by from London

    Food average. Sausages well overcooked!

  • ((((( by from Southampton

    The Ship Inn is a real diamond, nicely situated just a short walk from Holborn tube station. With a good selection of ales on tap, not to mention the 'gin club'. Service was very prompt and friendly at the bar. The Oak dining room is very comfortable and the waiting staff are friendly and attentive. The food is extremely good, especially the steaks and beef Wellington. Prices are about normal for a meal of this quality in the area. I would highly recommend both Pub and upstairs dining area. There was also live music in the bar area on the Sunday that I last visited, which was really nice.

  • ((((( by from Croydon

    great place, good surroundings, not too packed in, so good have a good conversation with friends, great service

  • ((((* by from earth

    Food was very good and the servers were excellent. A bit pricey but recommended!

  • ((((( by from Charlottesville

    We had made a reservation, but they did not have a table for us right away. That was fine, as we were able to wait at the bar. The decor is very quaint and historic. It seems to be a busy, popular pub. The gin list is extraordinary. We very much enjoyed both the dishes we ordered: The Steak and Ale Pie as well as the Fish & Chips. Both were perfectly cooked and tasted very fresh and well seasoned.

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  • (((** by from London

    Wonderful food, but service disappointing. Twice asked for mint sauce and got given gravy - which I was charged for The coffee didn't arrive. One waiter however was great, he did apologise and offer the coffee but we had to leave. He also took the gravy charge off the bill.

  • ((((* by from Lafayette

    Excellent food; have really upped their game in the kitchen. Only minor complaint was that when we entered, and upon confirming our reservation, the host suggested a really poor table in the middle of the room. I asked for a booth, given several were available and he moved us to a better table/booth. Staff was very friendly and helpful as we discussed dinner options. It was noisy but it was Friday night. We'll return.

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