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
Yelp Reviews

4.0 out of 5 based on 63 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The Ship Tavern

3.0 out of 5 15 April 2016
by Kariss A.

Called in here for Sunday dinner. The oak room upstairs is candle lit and cost, it looks like you've stepped back in time, perfect for a family gathering it a date, but space is limited so book early! We arrived around 7 and were disappointed to find that a lot of the items we wanted from the menu were sold out. I started with fried bri which was delicious and came with fresh salad, and my...more

4.0 out of 5 20 March 2016
by Al A.

The pies are huge. Disappointing as they had pastry only on the top.

Sticky toffee pudding was good, but it is rather hard to mess up.

Okay service.

Nice atmosphere and good alcohol selection. Do get a reservation.more

3.0 out of 5 25 February 2016
by Erin L.

One of my favourite things about living in London is its rich history. I love the fact that the barbershop down the road from my house is over 100 years old, or that the fact that I work by a 17th century galleried coaching inn, almost directly under the Shard.

Tucked away in an alleyway behind the chaos of Holborn station, The Ship Tavern is a 16th century pub filled with a rich and vibrant...more

5.0 out of 5 10 January 2016
by Megan M.

This place is amazing!! We went for Sunday roast and really wanted a good, local pub for us to get the most out of this experience. The ambiance includes everything you want in a pub. It's also tucked away in a little alley way which makes it extra great. The food was delicious. I got the vegetarian option, which I absolutely loved. My friends got the meat and one even said it was the best...more

4.0 out of 5 7 January 2016
by Clara S.

I'm English and I believe that comes with a certain predisposition towards old man's pubs... and this one really didn't disappoint. There's something quite comforting about discovering one right in the centre of london too, amidst all the chain restaurants and swanky bars.

The location is brilliant - a one minute walk away from holborn station but tucked away in a little side street so that...more

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