The Ship Tavern

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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.

Venue Details & Map

The Ship Tavern

12 Gate Street
+44 (0)20 7405 1992
Public transport:
Holborn, Underground

Yelp Reviews

8.00 out of 5
based on 78 reviews

Top 5 reviews of The Ship Tavern

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
11 December 2017
by Louis R.


If you wanna hit up a hidden gem, this is your best bet.

They have loads of pint choices, a Sunday roast, tons of locals and free live jazz.

It gets crowded but as with all pubs in London, just take your glass pints outside and chat.

Fukin brilliant.

Cheers, mate. more

5.0 out of 5
22 June 2017
by Yvonne C.

They've got a huge selection of gin and the best fish and chips I've had in London. Highly recommended. If you want food, you need to go upstairs. Also a good idea to have a reservation. more

5.0 out of 5
12 May 2017
by Jade P.

It's our 5th day visiting London and this was by far the best meal we've had on our trip. The mac and cheese with pulled pork was amazing! The beef and ale pie was also good. The ambiance is beautiful and the service is excellent. Definitely worth the visit. I thought it'd be hard to find but it was pretty easy.

Also, we are still finishing our meal here but I had to stop and write this... more

4.0 out of 5
18 September 2017
by Tom B.

This place is part of the wonderful London pub scene and it's up there in terms of food and atmosphere. It's also tucked away on a sidestreet rather than on one of the main drags. You get a feeling of being in a special place; definitely not touristy, and a little less busy with fewer blokes spilled out into the street.

We ate at the restaurant upstairs, and had to wait for a little while... more

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