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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

Excellent food and service

Andy Catling 15 May 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 247 reviews)
94% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (189)
  • lunch (116)
  • romantic (81)
  • private dining (62)
  • value (51)
  • business (41)
  • large parties (32)
  • luxury (12)
  • entertainment (10)
  • trendy (8)
  • child friendly (7)
  • afternoon tea (4)
  • al fresco (2)
  • ((((( 27 May 2017 by Asad from The Hague

    Excellent dinner, in particular the beef Wellington.

  • ((((* 19 May 2017 by Susan Henderson from London

    The food is that which you'd get in a very good home counties foodie pub or village restaurant. It is quite rare for central London. It is very well cooked and the menu contains a sensible range of dishes for the likely attendees. The restaurant could make even more of its traditional English setting and concentrate on that angle in its menu. Desserts are excellent as sorbets and ice creams are available as well as the usual range of popular dishes. Some fruit based desserts would give more choice.

  • ((((* 18 May 2017 by Britt-inger Johansson from Stockholm

    Beer battered haddock!

  • ((((* 18 May 2017 by Alastair Williams from London

    Great menu, wine list, food and service

  • ((*** 16 May 2017 by Elisabeth Fernandes from London

    The Feedback on TripAdvisor was so good but for us it was disappointed...the staff where nice but they always change, they don't know which beer they have and after saying three times we do not want a dark beer, well they serve us dark beer...the food was not salt and pepper, tiny portions (hey its a pub!) and cold. It came too fast and it tastes like the kitchen already make the food a day before. I think for a beer and fish + chips at the ground floor its sure nice but not for a dinner at the first floor.

  • (((** 15 May 2017 by Peter Howard from Orpington

    Four adults dined on the a la carte menu on Saturday 13th May.Overall the food was OK (not great). Three of us opted for the Crab Starter at £9.00. We all found one half of the dish to be very dry even when sauce was added. The other member of our party had scallops which he said were very good. For the mains two had the sea bass which was good. The other two of us had meat dishes, one the trio of Lamb and one the Three Little Piggies (trio of pork). Both of us found the meat average again a little dry. the most disappointing aspect were the very poor chips which were not well cooked (soft). they could certainly have benefited from a second frying!
    Overall we rate the meal as average at best and will not be returning

  • ((((( 15 May 2017 by Andy Catling from London

    Excellent food and service

  • ((((* 8 May 2017 by Graham Crisp from Witham

    Took the in-laws for Sunday lunch. Overall good experience. Only criticism is the lack of a children's menu.

  • ((((( 6 May 2017 by Maureen Evans from London

    Hard to say what the best features were as there are so many ! The ambiance and decor are welcoming as are the staff. The food did not only look amazing but was absolutely delicious. Cannot wait to visit again.

  • ((((( 5 May 2017 by Tereza Hodasova from London

    Well, what can I say. The Ship Tavern is a beautiful sizzling gem. We have dinned upstairs, which means a nice cosy and quite intimate space. The staff was again great and attentive. They even put up with my slighly tipsy me :-) Food was super tasty and gin recommended by staff as well. Have been twice and already seeking reasons to come back.

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