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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

A very pleasant experience--wonderful surroundings, great service, and fantastic food.

Bruce Kalley 16 March 2017
from London

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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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Customer reviews for The Ship Tavern

4.4 (((() (based on 215 reviews)
95% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (165)
  • lunch (104)
  • romantic (73)
  • private dining (57)
  • value (46)
  • business (37)
  • large parties (30)
  • luxury (11)
  • entertainment (9)
  • trendy (8)
  • child friendly (6)
  • afternoon tea (4)
  • al fresco (2)
  • ((((* 16 March 2017 by Nicolas Chartier from London

    Place is cosy and menu and wine list is extensive.

  • ((((( 16 March 2017 by Bruce Kalley from London

    A very pleasant experience--wonderful surroundings, great service, and fantastic food.

  • ((((( 13 March 2017 by Ian Corner from Newcastle upon Tyne

    Once again had a great meal with excellent service. This is my 5th time at this great restaurant and it never fails to live up to its excellent reputation.

  • ((((( 13 March 2017 by Beth Mckendrick from London

    Great service, great food, lovely pub.

  • ((((( 13 March 2017 by Gary Williams from Basildon

    Great food and service

  • ((((( 13 March 2017 by Jenny from BEDALE

    Cosy intimate dining. Banquettes offer best tables for parties up to 4. Friendly efficient service. Food presented well.

  • ((((( 8 March 2017 by Emma Proudley from London

    We had a really lovely evening here. There were four of us and we all had the boar and apple sausages except for one of our party, who got the fish and chips. The food was absolutely delicious and priced very well for a central London pub. The service was immaculate and we were well looked after all night. The only thing I can think of was we stayed so long that the seats felt a bit uncomfortable at the end - probably our fault for not moving on faster :)

  • ((((* 6 March 2017 by Peter Jenkins from London

    Writing on behalf of Mr. Jenkins: We went there for entertaining business guests to get a truly English experience. Eccentric décor is cosy and fun. Service was affable, but maybe not to the Michelin star standard, but we were not expecting that. Overall experience would have been better should every staff put a little more love, pride and care into what they did. There was a slight mismatch in what we thought of the food amongst the group. For men with hearty appetite like Mr. Jenkins, they loved the portion, and both the chicken as well as the ale pies were a hit. But for me, being a girl, I felt the chef may be a male smoker with blunt way of cooking, as the pumpkin soup was a little on the salty side and rack of lamb roast was chewy and chunky, and vegetables soggy. On the contrary, the side bread (which should have been a side, not the main highlight, but stole the show) that came with the soup was absolutely amazing, and thought the trio butter was visually stunning, and flavoursome (but maybe too salted to be served with salty soup, so either had to be less salty to work together). Ale ice cream was surprisingly good and fun idea, and dark chocolate sorbet was richer than a regular ice cream, but might have looked prettier should there have been a little whip of cream or mint garnish. The hot water machine was broken, so there were no tea options on the night, and neither was there decaf or soya options.

  • ((((( 6 March 2017 by Michael Mills from PV

    Great local spot!!! Beef pie and chicken pie absolutely delicious. Great cask ales.

  • ((((* 5 March 2017 by Graeme Mcandrew from London

    Lovely Traditional Pub

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