The Ship

Restaurants, British Wandsworth
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A riverside pub that's overlooked the Thames since 1786.

This riverside Young's local, founded as a waterman's inn around 1786, has a relaxing front bar, a much larger conservatory by the Thames, and a garden overlooking Wandsworth Bridge. There are also three cabins outside under a wooden pergola with their own televisions and heaters, which can be reserved on certain days. 


Venue name: The Ship
Address: 41 Jew's Row
SW18 1TB
Opening hours: Open Sun-Wed 11am-11pm; Thurs-Sat 11am-midnight. Lunch served noon-4pm Mon-Sat; noon-5pm Sun. Dinner served 6pm-10pm Mon-Sat; 7pm-10pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Wandsworth Town rail
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Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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If you’re looking for a quintessential gastro pub with all the trimmings - great food, great service, great atmosphere, great outdoor area, great view; this would be it.

What I had:

  • Pork Sunday Roast
  • Beef Sunday Roast
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding with a scoop of date ice cream
  • Pecan Pie with pineapple crisps

The restaurant food here never fails to meet expectations, The Sunday roast here are very very good. The pork had a very decent portion of crackling, and the plate is always mounded with vegetables that are never boiled to an inch of their life and grey, which made me feel very healthy indeed. The yorkshire pudding is always crispy and light - but do ask for extra gravy to dunk it in. The sticky toffee pudding and the pecan pie were both very appropriately warm and comforting, given the drizzly weather. The Ship also has an outdoor burger canteen which has always been fairly good; however the burgers tend to be in danger of being rather soggy and thus messy.

Tip: For the restaurant, always make a reservation as they can be very busy. If you’re outside or at the bar, do try their scotch egg - it’s good. If the weather is good, get a bench next to the river - sunset over the Thames is a killer.

Good For: large groups, Sunday roast, casual lunch/ dinner/ drinks, casual date

Great food inside, a buzzing atmosphere outside, and in summer the place is heaving. They try hard to give us music and fun evenings. I bring everyone here.

moderatorStaff Writer

Now the sun is coming out this is a great venue to relax by the riverside and enjoy a few cold ones watching the world go by. The prices are at the higher end for good pub grub but worth it. Always a bustling atmosphere, very busy when the sun shines!


The perfect place for a summer drink by the river. Live music and a party atmosphere every Sunday and whenever there is rugby on. Just get there early or risk not being able to get in!!!

Great food and a decent place but the whole experience is let down by a rude, obnoxious, arrogant GM who has no respect for his customers.

Also they don't ever answer their phones (I phoned 35 times in a 10 hour period) so good luck trying to get a reservation.

Don't bother - you can find much nicer beer gardens and pubs for half the price and for a much nicer experience.