The Ship Tavern

Bars and pubs, Pubs Holborn
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Venue name: The Ship Tavern
Address: 12 Gate St
Transport: Tube: Holborn
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Lovely old atmospheric pub next to Holborn Station.  Plenty of real ales on tap and surprisingly good quality bar food at reasonable prices.  Friendly and efficient bar staff and relaxed friendly atmosphere.Understandably very popular with local lunchtime office workers. There is a gorgeous-looking restaurant upstairs, too, which I will visit before long.  Great find.


A mind blowing selection of gins (great mixers and a range of delicious fresh fruit to go with them),  a cozy, chilled out atmosphere and a delicious Sunday roast- the Ship Tavern is definitely a pub worth knowing about. This place is tucked away behind Holborn station so you may need to do a little wander before you find it. But it’s worth the exploration, particularly if you’re there on Sunday afternoons, when the Ship Tavern does its ‘Gin and jazz’ sessions. Think live music and a selection of gin to your heart’s content. Not a bad a way to spend a Sunday afternoon. 


Hidden gem just next to the Holborn station - if you are around and looking for a place to grab a pint or a G&T which is not a hotel restaurant and a hipster coffee shop, you should definitely give it a go. 

It is an authentic pub, old in decor, not pretentious - just cosy. Worth paying a visit! I took one star off as theres almost no space in front of the pub so not ideal for smokers r those who prefer to sip their drinks outside.

This is a proper pub - the sort of pub tourists will pay top dollar to visit. I've been here a couple of times as it's fairly close to Holborn station and they do a really good Sunday roast. Get the sticky toffee pudding for dessert - it's divine! 


I came across a review of The Ship Tavern in which the reviewer remarked “It really felt as if you were in a real ship’s tavern!”. Am I missing something? 16th century ships had taverns?? That question aside, this atmospheric little place does have a very nautical feel about it, as you might expect. Tucked away at the end of a narrow alleyway leading into Gate Street, Holborn, The Ship Tavern was established in 1549 and the current building dates from 1923. This used to be one of my work locals and I’ve supped many a beer here. It’s not a huge place, so arrive early in the evening to ensure getting a seat inside. There is a cosy lounge area at one end of the pub and a number of panelled seating enclosures running the remaining length of the ground floor. As you might expect in a pub claiming Tudor heritage, there’s lots of wood panelling, a wooden floor, decorative plaster ceiling, all of which is complemented with nautical references in framed pictures of various shapes and sizes that are dotted around the walls. Food can be ordered at the bar, including all the usual British staples; fish and chips, sausage and mash, various pies etc. There is also a dining room on the first floor (the Oak Room), which serves all the aforementioned and a good deal more, and is especially nice in the colder months when the real open fire is blazing away. Expect the pub to be busy though, particularly when it gets too cold to drink outside. There’s even a ‘1549’ ale on tap (and it ain’t bad!).