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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

Very good roasts, meats excellent, service superb, wonderful ambience at Anchor table, will recommend and hope to return.

Gordon Waddell 06 November 2017
from St Albans

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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 311 reviews)
95% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (244)
  • lunch (145)
  • romantic (106)
  • private dining (84)
  • value (63)
  • business (57)
  • large parties (40)
  • entertainment (18)
  • luxury (16)
  • trendy (11)
  • child friendly (7)
  • afternoon tea (5)
  • al fresco (3)
  • breakfast (1)
  • ((*** 16 November 2017 by Tony Hitchin from London

    Missed off some of the elements of the dishes, room was cold, dramatically over charged for the wine on the bill. Prices plus 12.5% service charge are very high for a pub.

  • ((*** 15 November 2017 by Victoria Seed from Lancashire

    We were very disappointed, this was our third visit this year we come from Lancashire and have enjoyed our previous 2 meals , however the food wasn't very hot , we sent it back & the meat & potatoes were hot but the vegetables still cold. Nobody came to check if the food was better the second time round?

  • ((((( 13 November 2017 by Cicely from London

    Cosy, authentic pub perfect for a cold November evening. Live jazz on a Sunday was lovely and the roast was delicious.

  • ((((( 13 November 2017 by Ford from London

    Upstairs dining room is cosy with good food.

  • ((((( 13 November 2017 by Simon Grounds from Birmingham

    Lovely atmosphere with delicious food & friendly staff.

  • ((((( 6 November 2017 by Gordon Waddell from St Albans

    Very good roasts, meats excellent, service superb, wonderful ambience at Anchor table, will recommend and hope to return.

  • ((((* 1 November 2017 by Robert Rhodes from London

    Several menu items had been sold out.

  • ((((( 30 October 2017 by UK Visitor from New York

    My wife and I had a very pleasant Sunday lunch here. Great old pub atmosphere and appearance. Food was spot on with generous portions - the apple and celeriac soup was surprisingly delicious. No complaints whatsoever.

  • ((((( 29 October 2017 by Jane Richardson from Potters Bar

    We had a lovely experience at the Ship Tavern during the October half term break. We started downstairs in the bar with a gin and tonic (or two!) from the extensive collection, then wandered upstairs for our meal. I had the fillet steak which was cooked to perfection and my husband had the mushroom risotto, again superb! Excellent service throughout.

  • ((((( 21 October 2017 by Tony Pino from London

    A group of friends and I eat at this restaurant every quarter and it has a become a firm favourite. The room has a great traditional feel. The staff are friendly and efficient. The menu is imaginative, and the food good and well-presented. This last time was no different. Everyone enjoyed their meal. My scallops and sea bass were delicious - perfectly cooked. This is not pub grub despite being over a busy pub bar (with interesting beers). Pricing is reasonable given the quality and central London location.

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