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 69 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The Ship Tavern

5.0 out of 5 17 July 2016
by Quinn D.

We dined in the Oak Room during a recent visit to London and loved it! The pies were absolutely fantastic and the atmosphere was such a great and intimate experience. Service was great and we would definitely return again for another meal.more

4.0 out of 5 23 May 2016
by Kathryn S.

The Ship Tavern is a very cool pub tucked away in Holborn. I would have never known that this pub was here if I hadnt literally stumbled upon it. It apparently dates back to the 1500s so it has some interesting history. The beer and cider were decently priced and it was a pretty laid back pub. I'll definitely be back.more

4.0 out of 5 11 May 2016
by Michelle M.

My boyfriend and I met one of his friends here while we were in London, and I must say that I really liked it here!

Ship Tavern is off the beaten path and there is a more fancy upstairs pub that takes reservations, or there's the not-so-fancy pub around the corner (both are the same name, which can throw you off). We went to the not-so-fancy pub.

We came here specifically for their roast,...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

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