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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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12 Gate Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 3HP

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+44 (0)20 7405 1992

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The Ship Tavern

12 Gate Street
Public transport:
Holborn, Underground


4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The Ship Tavern

4.0 out of 5 9 July 2014
by David C.

Ship Tavern was unfortunately the only Pub we went to on a recent honeymoon trip to London. If we were going to pick only one though this was a good choice as it was established in 1549 and then rebuilt in 1923 after it was burned down in a fire. I wish we had made it there earlier to try the pub food, but we had to settle for a pint. The bartenders were very helpful in picking out a beer...more

5.0 out of 5 19 June 2014
by David A.

I work in London for brief periods from time to time, I don't claim to be more than a glorified tourist, however I'm a man who knows a good pub when he finds one.

We were staying around the corner at the Rosewood for a week and found the Ship the first day wandering the neighborhood. The place is in a funky spot, little alley on one side, just what you would expect from an old London haunt....more

5.0 out of 5 16 May 2014
by Elvira V.

Wow, a 400/500 yrs old bar and little restaurant upstairs!

Survived all times and serves great food!!!! I had great oysters!!!! Nice sea bass as well. It was a pity I was too tired to stay longer, but would have loved to try the desserts! A place to definitely come back to!more

5.0 out of 5 9 May 2014
by Benjamin H.

This is a wonderful old traditional tavern. Quiet and reminiscent of olden times- quaint interior feels like your in a cozy study. They stock excellent Cask Marque ales to enjoy in private booths. Have yet to be to dining room- but very much enjoy this pub!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