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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 very personable waiting staff/management.

Peter Wells 10 February 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 194 reviews)
95% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (146)
  • lunch (90)
  • romantic (64)
  • private dining (49)
  • value (40)
  • business (32)
  • large parties (25)
  • entertainment (9)
  • luxury (9)
  • trendy (7)
  • child friendly (6)
  • afternoon tea (3)
  • ((((( 16 February 2017 by Terry Lovett from St Neots

    Our pre-supper drinks at the bar were first class G&T's mixed to perfection by a friendly smiling young lady. The friendliness and smiles continued to the first floor wood-panelled dining room by attentive staff beyond criticism. Food great with ample portions timely served to party of six as they were aware we going to the theatre at 7.30pm. Probably the best restaurant experience I personally have had when visiting London. Well done all!

  • ((((( 13 February 2017 by Helen Seddon from Hitchin

    The Ship Tavern had been recommended by a friend and didn't disappoint! We met up with friends in the bar for pre-dinner 'Gin of the Day' which came served with strawberries and blueberries - and was delicious. The upstairs dining room was beautiful and although busy was not noisy and had the perfect ambiance - we had a booth which was great, but would have been happy sat anywhere. The staff were helpful, friendly and attentive. And the food was amazing. We all opted for a roast and they were exceptional. Lovely, tasty and tender beef/pork belly, crispy and fluffy potatoes, fresh vegetables, perfect Yorkshire puddings. We will definitely go back. A little gem hidden away!

  • ((((( 12 February 2017 by Nancy Bodson from london

    Great food, service and atmosphere

  • ((((* 12 February 2017 by Philipp Ershov from London

    Excellent food, friendly and attentive service.

  • ((((( 10 February 2017 by Peter Wells from London

    Excellent food and very personable waiting staff/management.

  • ((((( 9 February 2017 by Kevin Tomlin from London

    Excellent choice.Very good food and courteous service.

  • ((*** 6 February 2017 by Lev Kundin from London

    I didn't like it and was disappointed given the high ratings on Google and Bookatable. The waiters were unprofessional - we couldn't get their attention and menus finally arrived 15 minutes after we sat down. The food was very average quality. Ambience of the dining room leaves a lot to be desired as well.

  • ((((( 5 February 2017 by Dina Kriara from London

    Excellent service, the stuff is very friendly and helpful with a smile on their face. We loved the atmosphere, the decor and the cozy feeling of the restaurant. Everything on our table was very clean. We ordered wild mushrooms for starter which was an excellent choice and for the mains we had beef pie and duck leg, both amazing. Prices are reasonable, slightly more expensive than an average pub but it's not average pub food they're serving. Big portions and delicious quality food! We had chocolate brownie and caramel ice cream for desert and I can say we both left full and very very happy!

  • ((((( 5 February 2017 by ANDRZEJ KAWIK from LONDON

    as always everything was excellent, delicious food,the best selection english Ale, of course staff as always friendly and professional Thanks Ship Tavern.

  • ((((* 5 February 2017 by Paul Russell from Walsall

    This is a fantastic environment. The service excellent as was the food. A lovely lunchtime experience.

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