The Ship Tavern


Concealed between the busy Kingsway and the serene Lincoln's Inn Fields "The Oak Room" located above The Ship Tavern public house (est. 1549) exudes charm and warmth. Antique paintings, books and trinkets adorn the mahogany walls and a crackling open fire and private booths create a cosy Dickensian environment.

The menu features great British restaurant classics such as steaks, chops, pots, pies, pork belly and the famous 1549 house ale beer battered fish & chips as well as a daily specials board.

After dinner you can relax in the main downstairs bar whilst supping one of the six award-winning cask ales. Open for Saturday brunch and Sunday lunch featuring live jazz every Sunday in the main bar from 4pm.

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Venue Details & Map

The Ship Tavern

12 Gate Street
+44 (0)20 7405 1992
Public transport:
Holborn, Underground
Book a taxi on +44 (0)844 556 0706 or with London's biggest car service app
Yelp Reviews

4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The Ship Tavern

5.0 out of 5 16 August 2015
by Rich J.

This fine pub was recommended by our hotel concierge. We are American and wanted the pub experience. 2 of us shared the Shepherds pie for 2 (could feed 3 or 4) and was one of our best meals in London. Our other two had the Sunday Roast pork belly, excellent, and the Roast lamb, also excellent. Ale was solid.

Loved this place so much that we went back a couple of nights later for Fish and...more

2.0 out of 5 4 August 2015
by Lauren C.

Tucked into a street alley is the Ship Tavern and upstairs is the Oak Room. We booked a table at the Oak Room specifically for a traditional English Sunday Roast dinner. The reviews and menu seemed to boast a decent meal so we took a chance.

The food, although presented nice, did not live up to expectations. I had the pork belly and my husband had the roasted half chicken. Neither of us were...more

3.0 out of 5 15 July 2015
by Shaheen T.

Four of us came here for a beer and ended up staying for dinner. Two of us ordered fish dishes which they both enjoyed.The 2 who ordered the chicken pie were both disappointed, it was okay but nothing great. Perhaps it would have been better if they had used dark meat instead of white meat.

Atmosphere inside upstairs is quiet and nice. (Downstairs, more noise, but then, it is a bar.) Decor...more

4.0 out of 5 15 March 2015
by Rich G.

Good food. Decent beer.

Went for lunch here and I do like the place. Really nice feel to it, relaxed old style pub but not solely frequented by elderly gentlemen. Really nice place.

The food is quite good. Calamari was a bit chewy but the roast pork was really nice, but nothing special. Bangers and mash were a bit meh.

Ale was decent. Gave out a complimentary Mother's Day drink. So they...more

4.0 out of 5 27 April 2014
by Paul M.

Upstairs Oak Room restaurant is warm and cozy - dark wood, soft lighting, candles. If you're looking for a solid pub meal, this place is a good find close to Holborn Tube stop but nicely tucked down a small alley. On a Sunday evening after having arrived in from NY, it was exactly what I was looking for - a quiet, decent meal with a good pint of Ale (Tribute).

The leg of lamb and gravy was...more

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