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Ship, Rotherhithe

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Went in here in December 2015 and found it to be a good locals pub friendly staff and plenty of seating. Unlike the Mayflower which is always rammed with ok ish staff. Will be returning April.
rpf1955 - 29 Mar 2016 10:43
No atmosphere as no people! Trying to hard to be a " Gastro Pub" in a local area. This used to be a great pub but unfortunatly the refurb and the massive hike in prices has kept everyone away.
walkalot - 13 Feb 2013 11:59
Went there for the first time after popping over to the Mayflower where it was so full of gangs of men and everyone standing up and no seating. Now, the Ship is so much better:-

1) Cosy
2) Warm
3) Spacious
4) Nice atmosphere
5) Friendly staff
6) Nice historic pictures
7) Relaxing music
8) Quiet, but not dead. It has the feel of a country pub., where you can listen to friends and do your own thing, like read a book, play a game or just chat. Other pubs are so noisy, you can hardly hear your friends think. The music isn't so loud to be a nuisance
9)They promote new soft drinks like hot chocolate with rum and whipped cream, which is really nice for the winter and they serve mulled wine. Clientele tend to be women and couples and mature friends. They don't take credit card, but that is fine, it stops load of yobs coming to the pub and getting smashed. It has a nice civilised atmosphere. It is worth paying a little more to 'get rid of the overdrinking dross!
cyclechick - 18 Jan 2013 23:17
Dropped in with my mate just after the refurb by the previous landlord. Great transformation and the character still there. Prices remained the same and staff very warm. Not so busy but believe the brewer should not have kept the pub open during the refurb - big mistaken. New landlord, new look now and the heart ripped out the pub - no longer a local but a wannabe gasto? Prices hiked but what about the cheapo tables outside - ugh! Won't be back
bar_fli - 16 Aug 2012 15:15
The new look is good but what has happened???
Nobody in there, the locals have deserted to a different pub.
Toilets dirty, no music, no heating,no atmosphere!
Went in there Xmas Eve lunchtime 2 people in there, new landlords nowhere to be seen. In the past you couldnt get in the door, it was so busy on Xmas Eve. They need to be on the premises more and make more of an effort.
I hope Youngs see that it needs an experienced pub landlord to run it.
This could be a great pub as nearly all surrounding pubs have closed.
walkalot - 29 Dec 2011 17:50
Just been in the Ship. After many years the pub has been refurbished and it is looking great - what a transformation. Good to see that prices have remained the same and not hiked. Beer was always good and still is. The new couple have more plans for events and said there were still more improvements to come - well done - we will be back
local_guy - 16 Dec 2011 12:25
A great local boozer just wish the lanlord would smarten up!
walkalot - 30 Dec 2010 18:30
This is a fantastic, smartly maintained little pub in a quiet, pleasant setting close to the river. It doesn't keep a big range of beers, but that's no drawback as the main attraction is its consistently outstanding and well-kept Young's bitter - a rare treat for real ale lovers. It's a traditional locals' pub with many loyal regulars, but none the less friendly and welcoming to those who stop off for a pint. It's a great place to watch the footy, with several largish screens dotted about, and a party atmosphere when England are playing in a major tournament. Other entertainments include a well-stocked jukebox and the pub dog and cat, who do very good Tom and Jerry impressions!
Adrinkor2 - 5 May 2010 17:06
A nice traditional Youngs pub. Light & Bitter very good.
youngsandcouragefan - 17 Jul 2009 16:54
Young's haven't got round to renovating the Ship yet (if they ever will), which is a very good thing for this one-room local's boozer. Tucked away in a back street, most tourists probably see the Ship on their way to the Mayflower, admire the hanging-basket-strewn exterior, with its graceful white columns, and carry on for overpriced beer by the river. If so, they miss out on a high-quality, well-run pub where I've never yet had anything but a perfect pint of Young's original.
The Ship may not be for everyone - language can get colourful at times, particularly when the football's on, but the atmosphere is generally pleasant whether there for a quiet pint a to read a book or for a bit of a session. The landlord also keeps it immaculately clean and does free barsnacks (potatoes, crabsticks etc.) some Fridays and Sundays. One of the best in an area not short of good pubs. 9/10.
pablos13 - 8 Feb 2009 12:55
This is essentially a backstreet locals’ pub – epitomized by the large Millwall FC “No One Likes Us” flag at the end of the pub. There were half a dozen or so regulars in on a Wednesday lunchtime, all sitting at the bar, and when one left all the others said goodbye by to him by name. It has the typical, yet attractive, Young’s pub exterior. Inside it is now a single-room pub with an island bar, but clearly in the past the different doors led to different rooms. They only had Young’s Bitter on, but it was OK.

There are two very large plasma TVs on two of the walls; both were on with the volume tolerably high, showing a documentary about the Waco siege, with only one person watching. The models of ships sitting on top of the bar gantry is a nice touch. There was no food unfortunately – presumably there is insufficient call for it. Probably just as well as the smell of cleaning products was a little off-putting.

All in all this is a pretty decent backstreet pub. The piano is still there as well. I would be happy to return.
RexRattus - 31 Jan 2009 17:08
Sorry, forgot to rate it. 10 out of 10 for me.
sploondle - 14 Mar 2008 18:01
I visit The Ship occasionally, when I meet up in London with a mate I went to university with in the 70s. We discovered it by accident a few years ago, fell in love with it, and now make a pilgrimage there, for a refreshing pint at the end of a pleasant stroll along the river. It's a real pub with real people. And that is something rare and special these days.
sploondle - 14 Mar 2008 18:00
Basic Youngs local just inland from the river, not too far from the Mayflower.

The Ship is a Millwall supporters pub - " no one likes us, we don't care" - as deduced by the large flag over the door, which is hardly a glowing reference, but I didn't feel uncomfortable or unwelcome in any way. I saw the end of the Man Utd v Portsmouth F A Cup game here on TV last Saturday.

This is a fairly typical down to earth South East London local.

I'm afraid to say however that, based on last Saturdays brief visit, ethnics and those who find un-PC comments distateful might prefer to give this pub a wide berth and use the Mayflower instead


JohnBonser - 12 Mar 2008 13:36
Yes, a complete locals pub. One that readily allows a visitor to join in the conversation (as long as no bad comments are made about Millwall). Only one ale on hand pump, but it tasted very good. Could use redecoration, but the solution to that is to sit outside.

Oh, and the prices are much lower than anyplace right on the river. That counts, too.
Mr.Matt - 29 Jul 2007 03:27
Have visited The Ship twice recently as part of a local pub crawl. It passed the "shall we have another one here or move on?" test twice. We did three rounds there on the last visit. Small but pleasant outside area at the back. Worth a visit.
jackthelad - 3 Jun 2007 17:24
Still serves a very fresh pint of Youngs, still does great free bar snacks and still provides a very pleasant place to while away a Saturday afternoon.
pablos13 - 9 May 2007 09:16
I think the Ship is fantastic.
It only serves one real ale (Youngs Ordinary), but its always fresh and tasty because of it. You'd have to go a long way to find a better pint of Youngs Ordinary.
Its a brilliant community pub that is a dying breed in these days. OK, its not posh, but its genuine and friendly. Sundays sees cheese, cockles and roast spuds on the bar, with DJ Patrick in the evening. Its got a thoughtfull selection of books for crossword doers, sport on the TV and a nice small beer garden.
anonymous - 19 Feb 2006 21:22
Whilst on a Bermondsey/Rotherhithe pub crawl, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to going to the Ship given the mixed reviews, poor rating and strong local competition from The Angel and The Mayflower but we needed somewhere to watch the England v Poland match and this was as good a place as any. The first impressions were that of a straight forward no nonsense boozer. Very polite and chatty barmaid (we were somewhat soaked from walking to the pub). Decent pint of Youngs (not my favourite brewery but quite drinkable). Locals were fine – switched channels on TV for us, adjusted volume for us even asking if it was loud enough. Although it was dark, there appeared to be a small but quite attractive illuminated garden outside. 2 TV’s for sport etc. Basically an unspectacular but decent honest pub. Just what we were looking for.
RogerB - 13 Oct 2005 10:35
Being a locals pub doesn't make it bad, particularly if the locals are alright, which they have been on y visits. Yes, it's set amongst some tower blocks, but the inhabitants of those blocks are generally the sameas people anywhere. Besides, we should rejoice in the fact that at least one corner of London hasn't been yuppified/islamified yet.
Good people, good beer (Young's), good pub.
pablos13 - 15 Sep 2005 20:09
Very much a locals pub. Atmosphere feels somewhat intimidating to visitors and a largish dog didnt help. It's a Youngs pub, but most of the customers were drinking lager. Rather basic and down market.
Only recommended for the brave
JohnBonser - 4 May 2005 12:20
Bit of a dive really, staff aint upto much either.
Save your money.
anonymous - 20 Jan 2005 13:46

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