If you’ve just got out of The Tower of London, or are in the vicinity of Tower Bridge or Fenchurch Street, why not heave to and hop aboard The Ship, an historic pub right in the heart of the City of London. The Ship’s been under sail since 1802, and though the menu now reflects a more contemporary take on British cuisine, and the gin is free of impurities, The Ship’s Grade II listed premises down Hart Street, off Mark Lane, retains much of the character of its original incarnation.
The Ship is simply gorgeous, inside and out. Lovingly maintained in order to preserve the charm of this historic London pub, which was launched way back in 1802, The Ship’s Hart Street location (round the corner from Mark Lane) is a superlative spot to take in traditional British hospitality. Indeed, the so-called Upper Deck is an upstairs function and event space that can accommodate up to fifty salty sea dogs and their escorts – with a dedicated bar, flexible layout, arrangements for music, hornpipe dancing, and other entertainments, it’s popular amongst those looking for private hire in the City of London.
The public bar of The Ship is where most tend to wash up, though. The Ship’s excellent menu of modern British pub grub uses only the finest ingredients. Beef from Dedham Vale and pork from Dingley Dell Farm in East Anglia go into dishes like the hot salt beef sandwich and the rib-eye steak with Portobello mushrooms. Besides these hearty options, there are burgers, sliders, starters and small plates ideal for sharing. As for the drink selection, it is also finely curated. The selection of fine red and white wines is something the officers of The Ship are particularly proud of, while regularly rotated casks of quality ale fill the hold of The Ship, which can be found moored down London’s Hart Street, just off Mark Lane, in fair weather or foul.
I met four friends for lunch, the atmosphere was convivial, the Beer and Wine were good, the food was excellent and the staff were friendly and efficient - overall a good time was had by all.
Great place this little pub near Fenchurch street, fab service good atmosphere. Even when it's really busy you still get served quickly and you can go upstairs for food at lunch time.
Always a great experience in the ship.. great staff and atmosphere, fab lunch menu. Highly recommended. It's tiny but always get served quickly and upstairs is great for sitting down to a tasty lunch.
Fantastic. I was introduced to the refurbished a few months ago and have now entertained customers there on four occasions. Excellent personal service combined with great food and a nice beer selection.
Lovely old pub, food was good though it did take a long time (it was a busy Friday lunchtime to be fair). A couple of the items on the menu had run out, but we were offered good alternatives and everyone had a good meal. Would definitely go back again, really liked the upstairs bit. Some of my colleagues said that The Ship had been very run down some years ago and were impressed with how it had improved.
The service was very good and personalized , the surroundings were nice and spacious, the chips were possibly the best chips I have eaten in a very long time the menu was Fine
The Ship is a lovely old-fashioned pub. The specials of the day are amazingly good value and we enjoyed very good fish and chips when we went on Friday.
Good reasonably priced food and selection of beer, the "daily deal" of £10 for the set lunch option and pint was very good value. Recommended.
Burger had to be returned as not only was the pattie small it was not whole and had been cut. Croutons on salad were burnt.