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The Ship Tavern

12 Gate Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 3HP

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

Great pub . Top food and as I was on my own the staff were attentive and customer service was excellent . I cannot explain further just how good it was .

Mark Walker 17 June 2017
from Nottingham

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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

Contact +44 2074051992

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4.4 (((() (based on 258 reviews)
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  • dinner (199)
  • lunch (119)
  • romantic (85)
  • private dining (65)
  • value (52)
  • business (45)
  • large parties (33)
  • luxury (13)
  • entertainment (12)
  • trendy (10)
  • child friendly (7)
  • afternoon tea (4)
  • al fresco (3)
  • ((((( 22 June 2017 by Anne Given from Belfast NI

    We always return to the Ship when we visit London. We first visited about 10 years ago when we stayed in a local hotel and the combination has become part of our London routine.
    The food has always been tasty, and quality of cooking and presentation has increased while prices have remained excellent value for money. We have tried a range of dishes and never been disappointed, high points are the trio of pork and trio of lamb, and it is reassuring to find the massive dish of ribs is always on the menu. Desserts are tantalising and the cheese board offers some great regional choices from UK and Ireland. Main courses are filling so beware ordering too many sides or you will no be fit to sample either dessert or cheese board!
    Last but definitely not least, the Ship has always had bright friendly staff, providing the right sort of service without constantly asking if everything is alright.
    This is comfortable informal dining in a wonderful setting, a dark oak pannelled room with a mixture of historic details built up over centuries, over a public bar in a tiny back street. Part of the pleasure of the visit is heading off the main street to find it.

  • ((((( 18 June 2017 by Hyerim Ko from Seoul

    The food was excellent especially 'Wellington' and atmosphere was lovely. Our main server was friendly, too.
    I would like to visit again with my hubby

  • ((((* 17 June 2017 by Mike Field from Walton on the Naze

    The service and food were first class only one comment was that for 5 a chair was tacked on to the end of a 4 table leaving precious little room regards

  • ((((( 17 June 2017 by Mark Walker from Nottingham

    Great pub . Top food and as I was on my own the staff were attentive and customer service was excellent . I cannot explain further just how good it was .

  • ((((* 14 June 2017 by Agronymous Cowherd from London

    Lovely dining room, traditional without being tired. Enthusiastic staff. Food best described as mighty but meaty. Not for the faint of heart or the strong of gout, but great for everyone else. I didn't think secret London gems existed anymore.

  • ((((* 10 June 2017 by Jörg Schumacher from Paris

    Excellent dinner in an exciting place typically British. British cooking at its best accompanied by a good choice of wine from all over the world. We also loved the attentive and friendly service.

  • ((((( 8 June 2017 by Susan Chandler from London

    Terrific dining area - wood panelled, twinkling glasses, huge vases of flowers and candles glowing. Really good, interesting menu with lots of choice (and gluten free options clearly marked). I had the trio of lamb which was excellent, followed by petit fours - a little taste of several wonderful desserts! Staff are attentive, but not intrusive, helpful and cheery. This restaurant is 2 minutes walk from Holborn tube.

  • ((((( 7 June 2017 by Leyla Day from Boulder

    We had an amazing last dinner in London at the Ship Tavern. We loved the ambiance and the food was spectacular. We ordered two steaks and the Plaice. All items were cooked to perfection. The staff was incredibly helpful and patient as we asked numerous questions about the various items on the menu

  • ((((( 7 June 2017 by Ian Hunt from Welwyn

    First Class!

  • ((((* 7 June 2017 by Generoso Rosati from Rome

    Sunday roast very good

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