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The Ship Tavern

12 Gate Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 3HP

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

Loved! Food and service was wonderful. Would absolutely come again!

Dawn Rubino 15 July 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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4.4 (((() (based on 263 reviews)
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  • dinner (203)
  • lunch (121)
  • romantic (87)
  • private dining (66)
  • value (53)
  • business (46)
  • large parties (33)
  • luxury (13)
  • entertainment (12)
  • trendy (10)
  • child friendly (7)
  • afternoon tea (4)
  • al fresco (3)
  • ((((( 15 July 2017 by Dawn Rubino from London

    Loved! Food and service was wonderful. Would absolutely come again!

  • ((((( 11 July 2017 by Allie Ramsey from London

    Very cute and cozy atomosphere. Our server was very attentive and wonderful. Everyone really enjoyed their food, it was awesome

  • ((((( 4 July 2017 by John Johnson from London

    The ship was great food as ordered and tasted good. Service was attentive and helpful. However I would say that the wine list was far to small to read.

  • ((((* 30 June 2017 by Kim Swidorski from Charlevoix

    Husband said he's coming back here for the mac and cheese and gin. Although he ordered the fish and chips....were not his favorite.

  • ((((( 29 June 2017 by Jeff Turner from London

    A long time favourite restaurant of ours. Says it all

  • ((((( 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.

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