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user reviews of The Ship Inn, Wandsworth

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Nice very friendly pub that, although a Youngs, has two or three unusual guest ales on as well as the regulars. Pleasant conservatory overlooking the river, though much of the surrounding area looks like a building site. Excellent selection of tasty meals, generous portions but expensive.
Trev - 5 Apr 2019 20:13
Decided to go to lunch today at the Ship, as I had seen good reviews and had drunk there occasionally.
Well food OK, what do you expect for barbeque? Service is strange as I was asked for a mobile number so they could text me when food was ready, I didn't realise I had to go and get my food, instead of it being brought to me, no wonder they did what they did, see later......
As for the outside, well it is South London, and there is a cement factory across the road, so views are not what they could been and the seating is haphazard, at least the clientele are very nice, no yobs here, even if it was August and the schools are on holiday, all the customers were very respectful, and pleasant.
The only issue I had was after arriving home, I notice that the actual charge they made was not what i had paid, as I was overcharged by 3GBP, and as such i didn't notice that instead of a *6GBP charge it was charged at *9GBP (3GBP difference, I know is not the end of the world, but if they do this to everyone, they how much are they overcharging customers by, especially as they say they do not charge service on top of the bill, yet the customer has to go and get there food when it is ready!
Maybe the 3GBP charge is for the text message they send you to say your food is ready to collect, rather than they bring it out to you?
Anyway i am not sure I would go again, unless I had cash and paid what was written, certainly I wouldn't set up a tab (as I did in this case) as they obviously try and rip you off as they presume (like me) you a) wont notice or b) not care, or c) not notice and therefore not be aware they do do this; how many of us simply pocket the credit/debit card receipt and not the actual food and drink receipt when we leave (that is the reason I noticed, as I picked up both)?
I have seen this pub packed on weekends and evenings (especially in nice weather) and I wonder how many unsuspecting people have had this happen to them?
Visited August 2013
RicardoLondonUK - 6 Aug 2013 17:01
I went there this evening to the public bar area for the Irish music session.

Really pleasant atmosphere and service with a smile from an attractive, friendly barmaid from Bulgaria. Good to see they have Sambrooks Pale Ale on tap which is hard to find in most pubs. Ship ahoy!

I'll be back.
shoegazer - 9 May 2012 01:02
By the river, behind the bus garage and next to the aggregates works (!). When the sun shines the BBQ gets going serving good burgers, kebabs, spatchcock chickens etc. On my summer Sunday shortlist...
mikeybee3 - 29 Aug 2011 23:37
Visited for Sunday barbeque in this excellent riverside pub. Food was well priced for the quality and quantity and the ale went down well. A lot of outdoor space is available and usually rightly busy at the weekend especially with April and May having good weather. The garden bar was open so made buying drinks easier from the riverside.

Arguably the best pub in Wandsworth.
Mad123 - 18 May 2011 17:48
Had a long boozy lunch there on a weekend recently and found the service to be very good; the food to be excellent, and the beers well kept. Loved the hot fires they have burning away at various locations in the pub and the friendly service. :)
Rasputin0 - 20 Dec 2010 15:40
Great pub with decent Young's beers, had a good pint of Youngs Gold which I'd not tried before. Being a Saturday night it was unsurprisingly busy and the place had a real vibe.

Thoroughly recommend this pub.
ElChuddy - 5 Sep 2010 20:58
Lovely pub, liked the food and the beer. Full of poncy city types.
Oolybel - 2 Jul 2010 10:23
One of my favourite South West boozers. A decent pint of real ale, now stocking Sambrook's, a local ale. The staff are happy to explain about the ales and I am always interested to learn more. Was able to sample before I bought, and then sat down to a perfect London Gold Battered Cod, I have no complaints.
ale_ist - 8 Apr 2010 11:42
It appears that either stevieshears has misunderstood the meaning of the word 'disingenuous' (as would appear to be the case in his post of 18th March below) or he/she is accusing me of being somehow deliberately misleading in my review. This is not the case.

Firstly let me get a few things straight: I think this is a fantastic little pub, as do a very large amount of other people, as witnessed by the fact that this place continually draws large crowds, even during the winter. The mangement have supported local musicians by having live music several nights a week; apart from people who simply like drinking here, this has attracted a pretty loyal following of people (myself included) who enjoy watching quality musicians in what I consider a pretty cool pub.

Secondly - and maybe it's because I'm not from these parts - I don't like real ale. As a matter of fact, the general pseudo-mystical, self-importantly reverential malarkey that surrounds it has actually started to make me actively dislike it, like some skiving, seat moistening work colleague that gets away with not doing a tap.

Let me be as far from disingenuous as I possibly can: I can't stand the stuff, and I know quite a few other people - good, law abiding, reasonable people - who can't stand it either. There seems to be some sort of background hum of inverse snobbery on this site whereby if a pub is not a strip lit, hanging-basketed, Victorian throw-back run by some CAMRA Grand Dragon (I'm sure there must be some initation rites at least) who plays constant hurdy-gurdy music in his cellar to keep his yeast happy then it's somehow 'unworthy' or otherwise to be avoided. I just don't care about the real ale. There. I've said it.

I do know, though, that the staff do care. I know this because I've seen them disappear off into the cellar with their rubber mallets and spiles or whatever that fiddly stuff is. I have heard serious conversations (which mostly bwent over my head) about making sure quality was maintained and I know from conversations that because of the large footfall in the Ship, Young's regard this as a flagship pub and keep a close eye on beer quality. In short, I wouldn't have a clue - wouldn't if my life depended on it, if you prefer, Stevieshears - but Young's seem to be very happy with the place, and why wouldn't they be?

Not that I care, particularly. I'm sure that Youngs are very happy with plenty of other pubs, pubs where the landlord would happily discuss the merits of synthetic vs. bamboo spigots with the 'discerning' punter. I just wouldn't be arsed drinking there.

I do drink in the Ship, though, and I'll tell you why. It's a beautfully kept and well turned out pub with staff that remember me. They do really good (if expensive) food, have quality live music, and the place is generally full of stunning-looking women, including behind the bar. The Guinness is good (for that is what I drink) and it's a truly great place to spend some sunny hours in the summer.

To paraphrase Jim Royle as interpreted by the great Ricky Tomlinson, 'disingenuous, my arse'.

I'm upping my rating for this pub to a 10 just to annoy the CAMRA members. Hammer that into your cask with your rubber mallet and smoke it.
LeBooze - 29 Mar 2010 22:27
Interesting to see that the CASK Pub and Kitchen has disappeared completely from the Top 40 and that the distinctly average Lord Clyde and Ship at Wandsworth are back in the Top Ten, despite no corresponding reviews(nothing to do with someone registering false IDs!)

gaypostman - 24 Mar 2010 23:50
QUOTE (SICK_OF_THE_LIES @ Mar 19 2010, 12:42 AM)




I think you should honestly cool it.
Yet again, you have signed on under another name, and still pretend that you are innocent and hard done by. You've been puffing your pub's position on the top 40 for months now. Why? It's a good enough pub on it's own merits. Be happy and sit back and wait for honest rating by drinkers to the Cask & Kitchen.
And why continue to fool yourself that you weren't mr_ange who praised your pub last week under your own listing, but was offensive to the Harp and Ye Olde Mitre last week. Now your attacking the Ship at Wandsworth, and The Lord Clyde. And now attacking the Mitre once more. You have seriously lost it in Pimlico.

DEPTFORDDUTCH - 19 Mar 2010 01:19
I think gaypostman and stevieshears are one and the same; possibly Cask & Kitchen management or staff having a hissie fit at popular pubs in the top 40 competition? They've tried The Harp, and Ye Olde Mitre, and The Lord Clyde. Which pub are they going for next? This is certainly a pop at the Ship.
DEPTFORDDUTCH - 19 Mar 2010 00:44
This pub has been yoyoing up and down the Top 40 for the last three months despite not been reviewed since December. I detect a strong odour of rodent...
gaypostman - 18 Mar 2010 23:45
I think LeBooze is being a bit disingenuous in his review. While I agree that you could only be in this pub on purpose that doesn't excuse the awful Hooray Henrys who have taken over the place.
Youngs have turned this into a foodie pub to cater for the type of person who wouldn't know a decent pub or a decent pint of ale if their life depended on it.
I used to come here to sit on the wonderful terrace but the combination of monied idiots, emphasis on food and deteriorating quality of ale means this place is no longer worth a toss.
stevieshears - 18 Mar 2010 22:48
i speak as i find , well you made our day , coming to London from Norfolk, to bring my 80 year old to see her ill daughter , the team excelled them selves , the service was spot on , not to much , not to little , the chefs need medals , fresh food well cooked , superb menu , overall fantastic , so thanks again team Ship a great experiance

regards for now Malcolm and Deborah Bourn
mv6016 - 2 Dec 2009 09:17
Although not particularly obviously branded as such, this Young's pub has the benefit of a good spot by the Thames although it is somwhat hidden away around the back of a bus station. Inside, the refurbished wooden interior is OK but seems to lack warmth. Excellent pint of 'Ordinary', but not hardly worth its current place at no. 11 in the 'Top 20' on BITE's front page.
rpadam - 30 Oct 2009 23:57
My parents met here 40 years ago so it gets a 10 from me or i'd not be here.

That aside its a great pub.
thomasgx1 - 2 Sep 2009 14:39
large premises, abundant space for outdoor seating or dare i say smoking, good food available, sports screen and riverside viewings. only two draw backs are the expensive prices for drinks and slightly isolated position. im sure the locals in the immediate vicinity appreciate this establishment but for those further out it is a bit of a mission to get to. nevertheless, a very good pub and worth a visit for both locals and travellers alike.
clapham1979 - 3 Aug 2009 12:56
Now, I may be slightly cranky after a bad day at the office, I have to say, I find the comments on this page fascinating. I'm wondering if the amount of references to 'yuppies' and 'rah-rahs' and the type of cars parked up Jew's Row mean that either BITE has been hijacked by bolsheveiks, or if some organised band of Christmas-jumpered beer enthusiasts, outraged at having been expelled from CAMRA for extreme fundamentalism, have taken to exacting revenge on the pub industry by slating establishments whose internal lighting doesn't permit them to perform their favourite ceremony of holding up a pint of Bishop's Wanger to a candle flame and peering at it over their half-moon glasses.

The location of the Ship means that there is little passing trade: you have to go to this pub on purpose. The fact that this place has consistently large (ad exceptionally pert) crowds where other pubs nearby are struggling to get bums on seats (however corpulent) is a testament to this place. I am a regular here for various reasons; I get a "hello" from friendly and efficient staff who remember me and make an effort to pass the time of day. I can get a burger from the barbequeue or I can sit down and have quality restaurant standard food. The live music is of a consistently high quality and (feel free to call me names here) both the staff and clientele are significantly easier on the eye than other pubs in its class. One day I might even go and talk to one of them.

The place has a tendency to go bananas on Sunday nights, so if you are looking for a £6.99 carvery lunch and a read of the Daily Mail, it's probably not for you (not that there's anything wrong with that - so hard to find good value these days). As for that cask-conditioned, hand pumped, cellar conditioned sudsy dishwater that people in this country find so enthralling, you can go and raffle it.

I'm giving this place a 9. I'm witholding a mark until Charlie/Oisin assign me my own personal geisha girl to wait on me hand and foot for the evening in my own personal hammock, mopping my troubled brow with rose water and pressing cold bottles of beer into my hand so I don't have to lean over the side.

I think I need a cup of tea.
LeBooze - 13 Jul 2009 20:43
Paid a Saturday afternoon visit. Outside area absolutely RAMMED with whinnying "Rah-Rah" types (as mentioned in a comment below). Barbecue smelled good, but the ridiculous PA system announcing orders were ready (reminiscent of an old boating lake "COME IN NUMBER 19, YOUR TIME IS UP!" was horrible, and even louder than the screeching moneyed idiots on the terrace. Which is a big shame, because the pub interior is really nice. The back bar in particular is nicely simple and pretty traditional-looking. Ale selection enhanced over your average Young's pub by including Deuchars (had a pint, which was perfectly fine). No quality lager on our visit, which is a shame - Pilsner Urquell or Budvar would have gone down a treat on a roasting afternoon. It is a bit remote, as others have commented, but the clientèle in evidence yesterday put me off paying a repeat visit. I'd say The Ship's position in the top 20 is weird, but I've long since given up trying to fathom how the BITE ratings actually work :)
scissorkicks - 5 Jul 2009 22:01
I've been to this place a few times and it is a good pub. The BBQ pushes out some good food and the restaurant is decent too. They have enough staff to make service pretty decent and there is a good atmosphere here.
The only real downside is getting to the place, unless you live around there then it is a real trek from everywhere. Still nice place and if you can be bothered or are in the area then well worth popping in.
wobble - 26 Jun 2009 16:46
Having heard a lot of good things about this pub particularly its l;ocation, i let my son take me & the missus there for Father's Day on Sunday. Even at 1pm the street was rammed and the bbq area quite full. It was a really hot day but a jug of Pimms, seats right by the river and very good chicken & beef fresh from the barbie went down a treat. Clientele mixed but friendly and all in all, an excellent place particularly when the sun goes down and they put on the fairy lights. Definitely recommended.

Top tip: Parking is free in Smugglers Way round the corner after 7pm every day and there is also a pricey but secure car park opposite the Holiday Inn in the same road. Residents are obviously well heeled judging by the number of Mercs, Porsches & Beemers in the car park-- also an e-type Jag. But your car will be safe and theres even an on- site car wash.
soulman - 22 Jun 2009 16:02
I like the "can I get ..." comment from Maldenman. That's a blight not limited to the Ship, unfortunately. It's true the pub can get full of slightly rah rah types at the weekend, but it remains a very decent pub. The light conservatory is always a nice place to be, and the food is very good in the restaurant and the bar (same menu, I think). I sympathise with the comment that food can take too long to arrive. They've expanded the restaurant massively but don't seem to have expanded the kitechen at all, so at busy times the wait can be long.
Tweak_Head - 15 Jun 2009 19:45
This is a large riverside two bar pub, with a dining room off the rear area. The front bar is fairly traditional, and the rear area is a conservatory type space, with sanded wooden floors (albeit with a seriously tatty old central carpet), there are a variety of chair and table types and arrangements. Outside on the river there is an extensive terrace with a barbeque going and a skiffle type band playing this afternoon.
I'm sure the pub plays to its strengths and attracts the custom of the new locals in their riverside apartments, and in that I have to say it seems to do it well. The terrace was packed, the barbie doing a roaring trade.
It certainly isn't my kind of pub though, and I find its current high rating and regular top 20 position bizarre. To me it would be worthy of a 6 at best but the clientele lose it a further mark, being yuppie sorts, buggie pushing Henrietta's and the type who approach the bar and say "Can I get....."
Youngs standard range of Ordinary, Special and Waggledance, plus Bombardier and Deuchars IPA. The Deuchers went as the barman pulled it through and in fairness he offered an alternative immediately. I did notice however the clip wasn't turned around.
Very overrated.
Maldenman - 23 May 2009 18:39
The Ship is an institution, a bastion of all that is good about drinking in London. It's busy. The staff are friendly. The food is very good. The beers, especially Deuchars IPA are excellent. The place is full of fun and jollity. Sunday night has to be seen to be believed. Rammed, live music and never any bother. Best pub in the area says me. 10/10
MarkMac - 24 Apr 2009 11:29
The pubs current placing in the top 40 surprises me somewhat. I wouldn't even place it in the top 40 pubs of London. People must be scoring the establishment on location alone. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice pub, but no better or worse than many of the other Young's pubs in Wandsworth. Yesterday was one of the hottest day of the year in London, and a couple of pints of the bottle conditioned Special London Ale over looking the Thames were most enjoyable. The large outside seating area filled up quickly after 5PM, and the pub seems keen to use any space available, including lining tables down what seems to be the most of Jews Row - Sitting by the river is one thing, but why you'd want to enjoy your drink and food by Bemco Wholesalers is beyond me!

Unfortunately, the majority of the staff behind the bar appeared to be struggling, while other appeared down right terrified! Now I appreciate it is the start of the bust summer season and many will be new, but the pub was not exceptionally busy at the time, and there simply seemed to be a lack of anyone behind the bar taking control.

Overall, a solid pub with a fine location, but it is clearly overhyped by many BITE users.
Misk. - 22 Apr 2009 16:58
Yeah I love it but it's losing points for all the annoying toffs that descend on this place on a sunday. I tell you it's mini's and 4x4's parked all the way up Jews Row. The shaggy haired crowd aside this is a nice place, with friendly bar staff and a good drop of Young's. Food is top notch too and in the summer it's BBQ's on the terrace. All good.

Thumbs Up, London Calling.
London_Calling - 11 Feb 2009 17:37
Went to the restaurant of the pub for dinner over the weekend. Very high level of pub food, obvioulsy along with the prices. Currently refurbishing the restaurant, will be much bigger when it is finished, and hopefully wont lose any of that lovely decking for the summertime. Restaurant service was brilliant, and the bar staff were so friendly. Slightly longer wait for food than I would expect, but the atmosphere kept us goin. Great back soon!!
deering79 - 28 Jan 2009 19:41
Had a legend night here recently, highly recommended. I will definitely go back.
omegaman3000 - 18 Jan 2009 00:09
Not bad at all, served (several) delightful Pints of that old Youngs favourite...Waggledance!!!

Parking is a bit of a nightmare round there, as the Red Caps are constantly on the prowl - I have the luxury of using BEMCO's Carpark opposite though, so not much of a headache for me.

Go try WILL like it...guaranteed!!
bitterboy1970 - 25 Oct 2008 10:22
best pub in the area. being hard to find keep the wandsworth scuzz away which suits me fine. always had good afternoons on the terrace drinking beer, eating beeter than average food and watching whatevers on the river. very good place to bring her and friends for summers afternoon.
kiwiphil - 23 Oct 2008 11:36
A pleasant pub, hard to get to however; nothing really special. The Alma in Wandsworth is far,far better.
SUSSEXSAXON - 27 Sep 2008 06:38
Dropped in here for a midday pint of Young’s Special, which was just fine. Only a handful of people in on a Monday lunchtime, so got served straight away. It looked pretty food-centric, but the BBQ menu looked good, if a little expensive. Didn’t eat there, but other reviewers speak highly of the food so I shall return sometime soon and give it a try. Plenty of seating inside and outside, and with a great location overlooking the river I can well understand why it is so popular.

In my view this is a good pub, but not a great one and definitely not one of the ten best in the country, where it currently stands in the BITE ratings. But good pubs are worth seeking out, and I would say that this one is worth the effort of seeking out.

RexRattus - 5 Aug 2008 23:32
My favourite pub in London, really hard to find, and to get to, but always worth it, for reasons given by previous reviewers.
gchadwick - 31 Jul 2008 13:27
This is a really great British pub. Lively and busy last night with football in the front bar, great atmosphere. Considering it's practically in the middle of nowhere it's hard to work out where all the people are coming from. Full of cute girls in the big bar, barbecue chefs outside serving scores of people. Youngs bitter exceptional at £2.70, also selling Deuchars which my colleague said was in perfect condition (Not sure it is actually a Youngs pub or not, can someone clarify?). Staff were of the pretty variety but quite efficient and smiley, considering it was packed there was never any wait at the bar. This pub makes a change from the boring, quiet pubs I've had to endure recently. I'm giving The Ship 10 out of 10 and I'm looking forward to returning. Very highly recommended.
PaulKane - 21 Jun 2008 10:23
PYT's & Raaraa crowd prefer to stand around outside; "all the better to see and been seen darlings". With a choice of burgers and bangers from the terrace BBQ or a more traditional pub meal inside (table service is better than the bar service) it's well worth trying the food here. Which, although pricey, is in line with the area and crowd.

There's usually a great range of well kept beers but it may be this range that lets them down on the service side, either that or all the bar are new, foreign or indifferent. There seems to be enough staff.....they just must have been hired for something more than their serving skills.....expect long waits for drinks, and then double up if and when you do get served. (You could always just take your own and sit on the green)

pezza132 - 9 May 2008 16:12
Spend alot of time in tis pub! It joins the fulhamites and the claphmites together. great in the summer with the garden, bbq and river view and great in the winter with the fire, the food is good but pricey, i think. i wouldnt recommend it for a quiet one as it is pretty much always busy.but have had lots of fun nights here in the last few years.
george1983 - 1 May 2008 12:16
I'm really glad The Ship is in the top 10, I've always been a fan, it's got a great atmosphere and I've only ever had a good, fun evening there.
International - 17 Mar 2008 22:20
I visited this pub with a colleague to see what all the fuss is about. It's excellent. Friendly staff and a pleasent vibe. Old fashioned public bar has lower prices than the rest of the pub. Youngs £2.60. Deuchars IPA £2.70. Genius. Had to be rolled home. 10 out of 10.
Pat - 13 Mar 2008 12:04
This, a top ten pub? Shurly shum mishtake.
Possibly one of the top ten pubs in Wandsworth but even that's debatable.
chopin - 11 Mar 2008 09:59
Your Hideous description is a bit harsh trainman. There's no station near but you should definately consider visiting The Ship before casting judgement. Granted it's an unlikely candidate for Top 10 but the beers, wine, food and atmosphere are very hard to beat. 9 out of 10 from me.
PaulTA - 9 Mar 2008 15:27
Popular and well-used smart local. A pleasant enough place, serving "Youngs" beers from Bedford, and catering for a mixed crowd. But the top pub in the land? Ha ha!

It's definitely the best pub in Jew's Row however..
Alph_river - 9 Mar 2008 10:15
A hideous looking Youngs pub at number one? I don't buy it. How many unsubstantiated ratings this year, I wonder.
trainman - 9 Mar 2008 09:50
Brilliant for live music Sundays, raucous and full of people who have abandoned their senses. Otherwise sedate and professional with very fine food.
Jeremyo - 4 Feb 2008 18:16
A cool pub with very fine staff and nice beers.
Oskar - 23 Jan 2008 07:39
I organised a get-together with friends just before Christmas and was worried about finding a place for 12 people so close to the holidays.

Although they are very busy that time of year, the staff at the Ship were so accomodating and made room for us, even on quite short notice.

When everyone arrived, the place was buzzing and the atmosphere was great. We were taken to an area tucked away towards the back and it was absolutely lovely. It was the perfect spot for our group and we were waited on hand and foot all night.

The food was fab- even our vegetarian friends found something delicious on the menu which isn't always the case in pubs. Everyone really enjoyed their meal- I am a major fan of their puddings!!

We had a wicked night and I would totally recommend it- the service, food, drink, atmosphere....everything was top quality!! I wish my husband and I lived a little closer as I'm sure we would be there all the time!!

bexstermcd - 18 Jan 2008 15:54
A nice pub in a smart location. Good food, nice beer, lovely view but clearly not one of the top ten pubs in England.
anonymous - 27 Nov 2007 20:45
Possibly South West London's best pub in my opinion. Just a shame they only stock Youngs beers, but those are always kept very well.
Jeremy3 - 11 Nov 2007 12:50
Lovely pub, really good quiz tonight. Recommended for an enjoyable convivial evening.
Karen1 - 31 Oct 2007 23:36
Hi, I'm Helena and I wrote that, I'm not Jesus unfortunately.
International - 30 Oct 2007 16:51
Jesus,I wonder who wrote that last review?
Miles007 - 29 Oct 2007 15:17
I had visited with the intention of enjoying a couple of sundowners by the river and ended up staying for dinner. The staff were really attentive and the food was great. I’d highly recommend eating in the restaurant garden, it’s a very tranquil and well thought out area that is exclusive to those eating- I had no idea it was there until last week. I love the versatility of this pub that has a fun and funky outside eating area (Tuna on the BBQ looked good!) but also an established restaurant where you can watch the chefs create with its own secret garden. Brilliant.
anonymous - 5 Aug 2007 22:40
Once a thriving street-corner local serving the local populace which have now all gone. However, it survives, thanks to the conservatory extension that caters for those requiring substantial food and attracts custom from the businesses that have sprung up to replace the housing. Somewhat out of the way but its location close by and visible from Wandsworth Bridge makes it a magnet for outside drinking in the extensive outside area, although on the downside, there is a gravel recovery firm adjacent though not particularly obtrusive. Beers are from Wells & Young’s and are well kept.
Alerover - 1 Jul 2007 15:53
A well presented pub just about managing to retain character despite the increasingly tiring "Youngs" Chocha Mocha decor. Great decked area loooking over river, with a BBQ kitchen and seperate bar.

Wandsworth is dire for drinking but at least in summer you can come here
fingle - 4 Jun 2007 14:05
Great great pub. Hot staff. Fantastic food. Just moved to Wandsworth and thought the place was a dump until I found this little gem of a pub. Have been there 4 times in the last 2 weeks.
anonymous - 2 Apr 2007 13:41
Cracking and friendly at the end of a long evening 'across the river'. Wandsworth and Putney are up and coming areas so they do get the gastro treatment quite a bit but consider the alternatives; many are far worse than simply raising the bar with regard to the food. The beer is good too. Plus you can sit outside. The people who use it are friendly also.
beeronaut - 4 Mar 2007 09:57
A wonderful pub. Nuff said.
Joe90 - 13 Dec 2006 03:25
Hi, I'm Oisin, the pub manager, I'm pretty sure grammar has an a at the end. Sorry for the confusion.

If anyone has any pub-specific comments about our service, atmosphere, food or drinks or wants a reservation, please feel free to contact us through this site or the new (Coming soon) Ship website, link above. I am also happy to deal with any simple punctuation or spelling issues which need to be resolved. Thanks for all the comments.
Oisin - 29 Nov 2006 13:47
American Tuna, perchance?
5thearlofwimbourne - 29 Nov 2006 13:26
That's just rubbish about the beer and the food, particularly the food, it's really as good if not better than you'll get in any pub in London. This is a lovely place and the staff are really friendly. Are you the same anonymous who posted that the pub had been knocked down a few weeks ago? I hate bad punctuation and grammar too it's the Gottos, not the gotto's. Also sorry to hear about your fall, hope you're ok. Catman
TheCat - 29 Nov 2006 13:00
Bring back the gotto's and old staff. I have been drinking at the ship now for nearly 4 years and fell now the ship has been lost, the food has gone down hill the beer not that great, the only nice change is the live music on sunday night. not sure if i will return much anymore.
anonymous - 29 Nov 2006 11:51
A big conservatory and outside bit where they (used to) do BBQs. There is a restaurant area and also a more pubby area with a cosy little room for 20 off at one point. The food is good and obviously this pub will do well from the newish apartment blocks along the river. The beer wasn't great, 5 handpumps and a very big pub but only ordinary, special and Bombashite. There was a time when most Young's pubs had Waggledance on almost permanently,my mate loved it and at least it was slightly different.
Overall, worth going for the food not the beer or interior!
mitomighty - 28 Nov 2006 18:17
I had my birthday celebration at the Ship on Saturday at lunch time, I booked a table for 11 and it did not disappoint. The food was top notch, the atmosphere just amazing. My friends loved it too and said that it was a real boozer in the true sense of the word. Also the restaurant part is a REAL GASTROPUB!! It was lovely to start off chilling in the pub before moving into the resto part which still maintained the pub atmosphere. Then we happily finished off the evening melting into the sofas in the pub! Well worth a visit for anyone who lives in London or anyone who is visiting!
lizina - 20 Nov 2006 17:45
Continuing my previous comment... I'm the something missing and i'm making a few appearances so all in all a PERFECT PUB!!!!!!!
anonymous - 20 Nov 2006 16:16
Went here for Sunday lunch yesterday. Beer excellent, food very good (not cheap, but good value). They’ve extended the restaurant area by putting some large umbrellas up outside. Probably a good idea in the summer but on a cold and breezy November, think again. Get there early and grab a table in the main bar. Also avoid 13:00 – 16:00 on a Sunday if you want food as although still good they have taken on more than they can cope with so orders go missing and the staff are too busy to notice your waiting.
GEPC - 20 Nov 2006 07:40
Always was a fascinating pub and location. Had a good pint there on Saturday unless I was in some parrallel universe.
wandsworth - 15 Nov 2006 18:01
What a fantastic place! Full of gorgeous, friendly and individual staff (including the managers). The refurb was the icing on the cake-pure coordinated perfection. Something does seem to be missing though...
anonymous - 8 Nov 2006 12:30
It's still here, in the same place, in Wandsworth, and it's still brilliant. I have taken the opportunity to investigate the alleged pile of sand and mud under which the Ship has been interred this very evening. To my surprise I found the best pub I've been to in ages, totally full of lovely people enjoying food and drink served by rather fit and recently buffed barmaids. Methinks someone wants to keep it for themselves. I also took a picture of the pub on my phone (with date stamp). It's just been repainted. Please send me a message for pictorial proof!!!!
TheCat - 27 Oct 2006 22:55
It has gone, RIP the Ship!
anonymous - 26 Oct 2006 15:28
HAHAHAHA, cement works, thats ridiculous, i think they call it a refurb. where do you get your information from? bet your glad you kept your name as ME. i love the ship, and its takings must be pretty good so why would they close it?
anonymous - 26 Oct 2006 14:47
Bull - the pub isn't closed - or at least it wasn't when I got bladdered in there at the weekend! Plan to do it again this weekend - all welcome - and I'll even buy everyone a pint at the nearest pub and a Big Mac if it's not open! Never heard such rubbish. Cement works my arse!
cmerrigan - 25 Oct 2006 19:09
This pub has now been closed down and is being incorporated into the cement works, shame, it was nice.
anonymous - 24 Oct 2006 18:31
Great Pub, Great Food, Beer is top notch and so are the staff. the Quiz night is something out of this world. You must come and hear the music on teh sunday night it is so good i go every week they have it. I SAY THIS WITH ALL MY HEART IT IS A PUB THAT CANT BE MISSED OUT HAVE A NIGHT AND SEE FOR YOUR SELF.
anonymous - 30 Sep 2006 03:31
Now being run by Irishman Oisin Rogers, the guy who had The St Margarets Tavern, Twickenham. Quality landlord (he bought me a pint). He tells me it will be redecorated in October without much change to the place and they are keeping all the wierd furniture. Head chef Paul is staying on with his own menu and staff. All looking rosy for the future of The Ship.
ThomasB - 19 Sep 2006 13:00
Sorry to come back again so soon , but when I wrote the last comment I hadn't read Michaeletc's of 31 July. Fancy having a peppermill left on your table - that really would bugger up your whole evening.
earlydrinker - 18 Sep 2006 17:34
Far from being a turnoff, as far as I'm concerned the unspoilt little front bar is the best thing about this place (apart from the beer). From some of the previous comments it sounds as if it'll be under threat if a makeover's imminent,so I'd better revisit it soon, not having been in the area for some time.
earlydrinker - 18 Sep 2006 17:28
Well, i gotta say this place is pretty good. I had a slightly overpriced sea bass and the same goes for the white wine but boy was it worth it. what incredible food, gotta say i was very impressed with the service and general atmosphere of this humble abode. Two slight turn offs though, one of which is the bar at the front looks a bit shabby and doesnt do the rest of the pub justice, needs a bit of a clean up, not a great first impression. and my second point of contention is; WHY ISNT THIS PLACE CLOSER TO MY HOUSE! far too nice to be a wandsworth boozer. keep up the good work
therealmonkeyman - 17 Sep 2006 16:50
Unfortunatly this pub is about to have a Youngs Suits makeover, with a new menu (choose from one of 50 meals all via 3663)and new decor. Shame Charlie was thown out.
oxforddon - 16 Sep 2006 09:19
Difficult to find and in a kind of wierd area. I was told that the food was good, so went to eat with a friend. The pub is a bit shabby looking but the staff and service were really very good. Waitress in restaurant was very helpful and attentive. Sauvignon Blanc very moreish for £13.95. Tuna steak was brilliantly presented and tasted excellent. My friend had sirloin steak which was also very good and perfectly cooked. Not cheap but very well worth it. Might have found myself a new local!
anonymous - 6 Sep 2006 12:12
Sandwiched in between a cement plant and a over imposing new flat developement dosnt detract from the charm of this pub. It gives you a feeling of having made a discovery when you drink here.

Unfortunately the Kronenburg was flat last time I drank there, and the barstaff made my friend a shandy consisting of 2 3rds lemonade and 1 3rd beer.

Still, the ambience is nice, and the food lovely.
Dyl_bhoy - 29 Aug 2006 13:11
I have always loved this pub and drunk here all the time since I came to London 8 years ago. We were worried that when Youngs got hold of it it would be ruined by corporateness. This is not the case. The improvements are good, extra furniture and drinking space outside, new barbecue area, cleaner toilets, lower beer and wine prices. I got around to eating in the restaurant last night for the first time in a long while with my girlfriend. The food was excellent (Scallops for me, Chicken with sweet potato mash for her), followed by the brilliant sticky toffee pudding which can not be bettered. They have kept the head chef amd most of the staff (though a couple of them still look a bit miserable). Live music in the bar was excellent, not too loud and a pleasent surprise. Overall very pleased Youngs have not made a mess of it.
Jimmy1 - 14 Aug 2006 19:22
Oh Dear. My girlfriend and I have been here a couple of times before and always enjoyed it. What has happened?? £5.35 for a pint and an orange with lemonade? Even the barman appologised. Then the food.... Where to start. Not overly priced but overly salty. We ordered two risottos which were inedible, far far too much salt. The salad we ordered came out wrong and the butternut sqash which was meant to be in the risotto didn't come out until we reminded the waitress and then only one portion arrived. When the second one came, it was twice the size of the first. We had dirty glasses, a menu and the pepper mill left on our table the whole evening and when we came round to complaining at the end the girl still didn't seem to care. In the end we got so bored waiting for the bill we had to get up and tell them that we were bored and wanted the bill... They charged us for only the glass of wine my girlfriend had and we walked out. We won't be going back which is a shame as it used to be a lovely local pub by the river. What happened? We'll give it a 2, but that's only for the wine which was nice.
michael105uk - 31 Jul 2006 23:27
This really should be better than it is. The food is good, when it arrives, the beer is average when you can get served and the occasional rats in the marquee provide unpleasant and midly amusing company.
It is great in the summer if you can get a seat. This is undoubtedly one of the best pubs in SW London, and no matter how many times we go there we always leave with a sense of irritation. It is a victim of it's own success but it will always do well because of it's reputation.
The shape of the bar makes life difficult for them to have the require numbers of staff on to cope with the sheer volume of customers - although it might help if they allowed people to be served in the back bar as well when they're busy as opposed to trying to contain the braying, toffee nosed clientele (of which I am one so no offence meant!) in the conservatory bar.
The food is very good and just about worth the very long wait.
If you want a decent seat, get there early - buy three rounds at a time and give yourself atleast 45 mintues wait at the bar when they're busy!
Good pub and will never stop being as busy as it is (unless Youngs really stuff it up!!)
Best point - 12pm Sunday afternoons, hungover, BBQ Beerburgers on order with your first pint of Stella to provide the hair of the dog.
I just wish we could get served when we wanted to!!
anonymous - 20 Jun 2006 11:05
Great Pub, Great BBQ a must to visit before 10 july when Youngs gets there hands on it. Hope they do better here than at the Alma. I admit my hopes are not to high.
anonymous - 15 May 2006 11:45
Overpriced beer, and hard work getting a seat. And yes, the general clientele are loud and pretentious.
anonymous - 13 May 2006 14:16
Very nice relaxed pub. The main room is a kind of conservatory, so it's nice and light. Can get loud inside with braying types on the weekend (in Summer, you can escape outside and enjoy a BBQ) but on a weekday lunchtime or evening it's pretty chilled. Not cheap, but that's the area. The food is very decent - eat in the bar or the small restaurant. The bar menu is shorter but I think you can order anything from the full menu in the bar too. Unlike with the restaurants in some gastro pubs, in this one you still feel like you're in a pub. Which is good.
Tweak_Head - 6 Apr 2006 18:39
£2.85 for a pint? A bargain compared to the utterly ridiculous and outright greedy £3.10 I paid for a pint of Young’s St. Georges. Sure, Chelsea Tractor drivers who are likely to frequent this pub will spend that in petrol per mile, but for the rest of us on lesser incomes it is way over the top. The pub management should be ashamed. It is a pity, as this is pretty good pub otherwise - best in the summer months due to lots of outside space. The food was ok but - guess what? - overpriced for the quality. For its sheer greed, I'm giving this pub only 5 out of 10.
LovePubs - 31 Mar 2006 10:45
Seems more like a food outlet than a pub. Strange fire in the middle of the seating area, looks like it's from a washing machine drum! Very expensive though, £2.85 for a pint of Youngs Special, disgrace!
Matt43 - 24 Mar 2006 11:59
Jolly riverside pub that serves great food to a trendy crowd, apparently.
If you didn't go to the right kind of school, don't go there.
Notasaffa - 11 Mar 2006 17:51
okay though slightly precious and a bit poncy.

I'd feel embarrassed to say b0llocks too loudly in a South London accent, for fear of inducing mass cardiac arrest in the herb eating clientele.
evers. - 29 Jan 2006 00:28
great pub for a sunday, chill outside, good bbq's, nice conservatory to read the papers - does some cask beers, but seems to attract yound trendy professionals at the weekend.

nice place but not that cosy
Flawed - 21 Sep 2005 16:50
Can anyone explian why they charge £3.30 for a Pint of Stella?...maybe its to pay the sulky bar staff.
Its a shame that this palce is so false, all it does is attract the Fulham crown and price out the locals.
TheWizard - 20 Jul 2005 05:04
Good to see the publican uses food grown on his own farm. Very intrigued by the sardines comment, does he really grow these???

I love the Ship, we often end up there for lunch on a Saturday or Sunday (or sometimes both).

Quite often our trip there involves a quick refreshment stop in the "sister" pub The Alma.

Ship is riverside and has a wicked BBQ area outside.

DOes get busy after 2:30 so get there a bit before if you want to settle in.
whileyn - 14 Jun 2005 16:10
I'm a big fan of the Ship. Gets very popular in warm weather, but plenty of outside space and the food is very good. It's a good winter pub too - cosier than it looks inside. Good for a relaxing Sunday lunch with the papers.
rah - 2 Jun 2005 13:13
Of the gastro-pub conversions certainly one of the better ones. For me it's let down as mentioned by a few other comments by the braying rugby types and hooray henries (there are a few young Jacintas and Tarquins running about outside in summer). Being essentially a cavernous wood structure with no soft furnishings it gets very loud very easily, but nonetheless on a good night a very good pub.
Ullage - 31 May 2005 15:46
All of the food you eat at the Ship that cna be grown or bred here in England is done so at the publican's farm in Surrey, and you can taste it. A very tightly run ship in a great location. Try the sardines.
OllyMott - 25 May 2005 13:56
A real star amoung south west London boozers, excellent beer, likewise food - the bbq is a good bet for a cheap snack to soak up the beer! Quirky decoration inside that really works, good outside beer garden that fronts onto the Thames - pretty hectic on sunny summer weekends. Certainly give it a go.
Zim - 18 Apr 2005 10:57
Where did the Ship go? Summer won't be the same without it.
Good food, great location (well bar the cement factory).
pezza132 - 31 Jan 2005 18:36
Nice Youngs pub by the river on the south side of Wandsworth Bridge. Very well kept Youngs ales (particularly the special), interesting food menu. A bit over-brightly lit but the pub was fairly empty when I was there (a Monday night) so it's probably not quite so barn-like when it fills up. Friendly and efficient service, chatty locals at the bar. barbecues outside in the summer are (I am told) great, though the place does get rammed on Sunday lunchtimes. Worth getting off the train for.

MrLash - 14 Dec 2004 09:48
I visited in the summer and the plce was heaving!!!! the people ther eseemed friendly enough and the food was really something special. Sitting on the terrace over looking the thames may not sound all that but if you're in good company it's a fantastic hang out.
starfire - 6 Dec 2004 14:40
Although expensive, I wish this pub was near where I live, great youngs beer, great atmosphere and I found the staff very friendly. Not tried the food yet but looks good on the plate. I'm coming back.
Steve.... - 28 Sep 2004 19:07
SPUNK - 22 Jun 2004 14:44
poor range of beers...get some quality brew, please! Otherwise excellent..
Claus - 3 Feb 2004 17:08
A good pub, especially in the summer and always busy! Staff very unfriendly and you can wait for ages to get served. It's great in the back bar as you can talk without the competition of "Who can be the loudest" in the front bar. It's full of snobs, lots of Thomas Pink and Rugby shirts.
The food is great, but very expensive.

anonymous - 9 Dec 2003 19:28
i can do without wild boar on a pub menu which is by a cement factory. i agree with jazzyb, far too many blokes with multi coloured rugby top in tvr soft tops being loud and stupid. great pint of mixed though.
Dan - 1 Sep 2003 13:05
Three pounds fifty for a blackened corn on the cob anyone?
Rich - 26 Aug 2003 19:56
Rugby shirt joint for irritating Fulham toffs. Food's nice though.

Pete MC's comment sums it up, as I suspect his tongue is firmly in his cheek with this comment - nice one.

Oh and Chas - I did go there and NOT have a nice time once, because a group of drunken Fulham-ites sang the whole of Jerusalem, before making snide comments at ethnic minorities and being asked to leave by the landlord.
JazzyB - 21 Aug 2003 13:02
The Ship is my favorite pub in London. Gorgeous people, gorgeous staff and gorgeous food. Their amazing BBQ has sustained me through many a hangover. An absolutely top pub.
bridget - 14 Aug 2003 15:26
Quite simply the best pub in London and/or the UK. I have spent well over half my drinking hours in the establishment. I deny anybody to have a good time in this place...! Great food, great beer and even better bar staff.
Charlie Swabey - [email protected] - 8 Aug 2003 14:55
Lovely pub for me and my chums to visit, sip the old Pimms and oggle the local totty!
Pete MC - 26 Sep 2002 12:28
Fantastic pub by the river and Wandsworth Bridge
Very popular in the summer. Well known in the area, good BBQ and restaurant inside.
Marcus - 21 May 2002 14:35

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