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I had not come across this place before, and only put it on my list as I wanted to compare it to the Ship in Talbot Court. I am curious about pub names, & same or similar names within a short distance particularly interest me. I probably should get out more. Glad I popped in though, as it was a happy & comfortable place to shelter from the rain & enjoy a pint of Tribute (3.90).
Queenslander - 14 Oct 2015 23:15
Quite interesting pub building. Had an unremarkable beer here. Staff were not friendly. Make sure you get served something approaching a full measure in your glass. Watch out for the steep stairs to the gents - most men return safely!
Mona_Growser - 20 Mar 2015 16:15
Awesome little pub 8/10. Nice and friendly staff. Visited on the last Friday before Christmas; many places nearby were packed but The Ship was pleasantly half full.
Nice decor and layout. Had a couple of well kept pints from Elgoods. I wish we'd stayed in here but the other half wanted to eat elsewhere so we ended up in the nearby Weatgerspoons. You could not get a worse contrast!!
Old_King_Cole - 26 Dec 2013 19:39
I first visited this pub in 1987 ,but coming back in 2008 reminded what a great little boozer it is. The Landlady is very special indeed, great with customers and attractive with it. If you become a regular you will never leave if its your choice.

Proper pub xx love it
Alfie2010 - 15 Apr 2013 17:41
Now my firm favourite pub in the area.

Kira and the girls have made it a must visit for the real ale drinker. Small and always busy especially at lunch time and early evenings.

Five ales on pump. 3 regulars and 2 guests. Beer is usually spot on and I have never had a problem getting a replacement beer if it isnt right but that is very very rare. Food is limited to mainly burgers and sarnies but eating is cheating anyway.

Toilets are a bit dangerous but help you to judge how drunk you are. If you cant walk down to them its time to go home.

Worth a visit if you like your ale.

TheHorsesMouth - 6 Mar 2013 13:23
Quaint little back street style local with an excellent collection of ties that hang all around. Apprently these ties are sponsored for chariety.

Busy on the Friday evening I popped in and there were 4 ales on tap. I had the Duchars IPA which was fine but the rest weren't great.

The interior really needs a revamp, it's very old hat but it kind of does add to it's charm.

The staircase to the toilets downstairs looks medieval is a great feature.

lezford - 5 Dec 2012 13:11
Another City pub with plenty of character. The small single bar is dominated by its tie collection, all for charity. Service was friendly and humorous. The ale selection was decent - Caledonian Deuchars IPA, Hartleys Cumbrian XB, Holts Humdinger & Ship's Ale Moore Beer. There's limited seating, due to the size. The way down to the gents is down a spiral staircase and feels like you are heading to a dungeon. Recommended.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Jul 2012 12:06
Great City boozer. Good selection and well kept beer, great staff, monthly quiz, always busy. The best things come in small packages (including the landlady Kira) - 8/10 for maintaining its character
filf - 11 Sep 2011 23:04
This pub has really picked up in recent months. Always a guest ale on and over the last six months I reckon ive only ever had one sub standard pint and i go in here a lot.
TheHorsesMouth - 29 Jun 2011 13:40
Tiny little place with great beer and rightly Camra GBG listed. Stairs to loo a bit of a struggle.
gmb6 - 30 Mar 2011 11:28
Popped in here on the advice of the landlord of the Peacock. Good little pub with four ales on - the one I had was in good condition. Not a great deal of space so I suspect it gets a bit tight when busy but worth a visit. Might be worth bringing a spare tie though. :o)
Rod_Hariga - 12 Mar 2011 12:02
I was told about this place by the owner of a Pub up the road, it does food, they don’t. I must say, it is a it little gem, though easy to miss.

Good ale, though the normal run of the mill, pleasant staff and great food. What more can you ask for.

whitenight - 20 Jan 2011 17:43
The Ship is a nice traditional albeit small pub. The decor does have certain nautical feel to it although is reasonably basic. There were around one hundred ties hanging from one of the beams as part of a charity sponsorship event for which the pub raised over £2,000. This tells me that there is a sense of spirit and community to the pub which is not found in many City establishments. I will say that the clientele on my visit were almost exclusively male - I only counted two women out of around 30 customers when I was in.

Ale offering is decent with Butcombe, Doom Bar, Everards Tiger and Brains Dark (the latter two I've not really seen anywhere else in the City). Lager selection was pretty weak though - only Kronenbourg as a premium brand.

This is a nice friendly pub which I would definitely use if working in the area.
murgatroyd - 3 Nov 2010 09:02
nice pub....but ARRYARROWSS AND CASKMARK seem to be the same person....he just writes nasty abuse about every pub , but surprisingly he writes great stuff about his own pub, which is a sh1thole called the Peacock.
anonymous - 18 Sep 2010 21:45
This is a pub that feels right.

Go in most evenings and you will find people chatting, laughing and socialising not only with each other but with the bar staff too.

If you are a stranger you will be greeted with a smile and served just as quick as every one else.

Go in alone and if you want to chat someone will always chat back. Try it, it won't hurt, honestly.

Oh, and by the way, the beer is first rate. Four ales on tap and all tip top.
charlescask - 15 Sep 2010 20:27
An avid darts player, I have decided to comment of all the Pubs I have played in recently.

Couldn’t actually see the Board, someone pointed out that it is upstairs, but the staff were rather unwilling to allow us to use it. Why bother having it?

Reasonable enough beer, expensive though a pretty average selection, nothing which grabs you.

All in all, an OK little place, though as has been said before, they could clean up more often.

ArryArrows - 8 Jun 2010 14:04
Lovely to look at from the outside, obviously the result of a recent paint job. The ale is OK, but nothing to rave about, they do sell Courage best though, not that I would drink it. Standard fit of cheap lagers. Staff are basic, seems the better you are known the faster you are served, they are far more suited to a Dagenham council estate! All in all, tiny (the reason it looks crowded), not to clean (empties everywhere) and surely staff who drink more then they sell.
caskmark - 2 Jun 2010 12:19
Good traditional pub, of which few now remain in the City. It is so refreshing to get a friendly smile and welcome from the landlady, Kira, rather than the glum 'I done care' approach from the East European staff that prevails at most pubs in this area.
Always a choice of good choice of ales, given its small size, and they are always well kept.
The only downside is that you cannot drink too much ale here - you would not make it down the tricky staircase to the gents!
phil_27 - 24 Mar 2010 13:38
It has taken sometime for me to decide what to write here, it is a very difficult one. Being in the Industry myself I can be very scathing when putting pen to paper.

It is a great pint, as many have said, the manageress is very nice indeed, though not in a good looking way! I drink on taste and it must be said it was fine. The rest of the Pub could do with a great deal of work though; sadly this is the case of many premises nowadays. The staff are fair to middling, you get what you pay for it is said, and I feel the owner doesn’t exactly go overboard on the wages. There are however 2 main points which detract from a somewhat better score:

The place is without doubt in need of a major clean, from my swift peek behind the servery, they are lucky their Environmental Health office doesn’t visit that often.

The main issue I have with this place, as I use BITE often to find a reasonable place when I am visiting is that churchtqy sings its raises a little too often for my liking and is obviously an owner manipulating the scores. Whoever they are will doubtless change their log-in and continue to do so, which is sad and I believe unnecessary. It is what is, a near Dowell that needs attention, with a good pint. You should put your efforts and money into attending to its failings rather than some pseudo politico campaign to tell everyone how good it I, as it really is not.

firkin9 - 1 Mar 2010 15:03
Very small indeed, and on my visit perhaps to crowded to be appreciated maybe. It was recommended for a pre-train drink by another Landlord though, so I went in.

The real-ale was in good form. Sadly that is where my compliments end.

This could be a lovely Pub, but it seems to be lacking in many areas. It is neglected in all the wrong areas, whilst someone has obviously spent money painting it a little to pastel and modernising the furniture, they have totally missed the toilets, outside and carpets. You get the feeling of a uncared for place, which is very sad.

knightout - 1 Mar 2010 13:55
what a great little pub with a very friendly landlady and despite other comments I think she was a very good model for the ties. cracking pint of sharps doom bar. just a shame its not open saturdays.will be back very soon.
46dave - 7 Feb 2010 16:35
This is a cracking little pub, manageress is old school landlady who is loved by all, real ales are great and differant guest ales each week
Burgers are also to die for !!

churchtqy - 29 Jan 2010 22:04
Smallish pub in a side street close to Fenchurch Street station.

The attractive looking exterior - see photo here - gives way to a rather featureless and bright single bar, but one that feels noticeably more friendly and less impersonal than the average City pub. In fact I'd go so far as to say that I don't think I've been in a pub round this area where there's been so much banter and interaction between customers and staff ( and that includes the legendary Alf in the downstairs bar at The Swan ). A sandwich board outside on the street corner has the message "Real Ales, Real Food, Real Friendly" which sums things up pretty well to me.

As other posters have already commented, there's a fine collection of ties and you are invited to sponsor one for charity.

On the real ale front, Sharps Doombar - £ 3.10p - was on reasonable form. Other beers on were Gales Seafarer, Butcombe and Courage Best.

I think this one is well worth seeking out if in the area.

JohnBonser - 6 Nov 2009 13:22
Lovely, though tiny place with a great atmosphere, shame about the cleanliness. The Manageress is a little star though, and I did find out about the ties. Apparently they’re a charity thing; customers have donated (mugged for, so one said, smiling) the ties and it appears they will be sold off for donations, Her favourite tie, should you choose to purchase it, will come complete with a photo of her, wearing just that, nothing else. Lovely idea, though it’d be nicer with a much younger barmaid. But great to see proper pubs still thrive in the City. A great pint too.
MW81 - 29 Sep 2009 09:25
Only a fleeting visit to The Ship as I was already late for a meet. Liked this place and will return when I have more time.
Small , thin traditional style pub sandwiched between more modern office buildings, and very good to see this type of establishment still existing. Has Doombar as the house ale as mentioned below but I tried the Butcombe Gold, which was excellent. Has a very large collection of ties hanging from the ceiling but as the place was heaving with after work ‘suits’ I didn’t have the opportunity to enquire what all that is about…

Gann - 27 Sep 2009 21:02
Been coming off and on for a while now and appreciate what a gem of a pub it is. A traditional pub in the heart of London with excellent service and beer. The simple lunchtime menu looks appetising but I've never had a chance to try. They still have four real ales on and Doom Bar prevails. Tonight it was as good as any I've tasted in Cornwall. Feels like a home from home proper local for city workers with familiar faces every time I visit.
dagenhamdave - 17 Sep 2009 21:00
the sharps doombar is a permanent ale at the ship... he is trying to get more sharps ales in ie cornish coaster & IPA! but as a tied house to one of the big monsterous pub cos having difficulty.
always good selection of guest ales on!
churchtqy - 13 Nov 2008 17:13
A decent conventional pub which is becoming rare in central London. Four real ales on, the Doom Bar was excellent. When I visted mid week around five it was frequented by mature city workers having a quiet drink and a chat. The bar staff were efficient and helpful. Even though it's been decorated recently it still managed to look dated but who cares. Perfect for a pint before you catch your train from Fenchurch Street. Only been in a couple of times on my way home but will visit more if they keep the Doom on.
dagenhamdave - 16 Sep 2008 20:59
Everything that a pub should be.
peterwarlock - 26 Aug 2008 15:37
revisited last week, busiest ive seen place in last few years! nice pint of Sunchaser with my fish & chips which was good too.
on a friday its FISHY FRIDAY apparently what ever that might be ???

churchtqy - 14 Jul 2008 16:21
This pub has been transformed by the current owners. I can't think of a pub in the City where you get the service you do in The Ship. Food is good too and reasonably priced. A little haven which is a nice change from the usual City chain pubs/bars
CorBlimey - 5 Mar 2008 15:52
The attached photo belies a rather disappointing ‘boxey’ and characterless, but not unpleasant, interior with fake beams and whitewashed ceiling boards. Good service – I was acknowledged on entry and my very good Doombar pulled & paid for whilst 2 pints of Guinness were on the go. Additionally had 6X, Courage & Butcombe bitter on handpump. Quite a small room dominated by suits of course, but not at all crowded Tues 13:00 and even the prime table in the little bay window was available. Very pleasant approach in the sun along the river from London Bridge & quick jag up Mark Lane. Enjoyable visit.
trainman - 14 Feb 2008 12:05
Yes the pub is closed weekend as its a city boozer!!! the beer is fantastic with ever changing guests on.
DOOMBAR is the landlords new beer of choice and is on permanatly and is very good.
gets busy lunchtimes and early evenings also he has just started darts here.
cracking little, friendly no frills pub
anonymous - 13 Nov 2007 23:53
Tried to visit this pub but its closed on saturday. Looks nice on the outside but no idea what the inside or the beer is like.
CambridgeBlue - 12 Nov 2007 11:39
Havnt been in the Ship for quite a while as it went down hill so badly last 3 or so years with many differant pub cos owning it with transient staff. went in after a friend said it had changed and god it has, its CLEAN BRIGHT GREAT ALES ON (today they had Courege Best Directors Pedigree GK IPA) also shocked to see San Miguel on draught!! most startling thing was they had a wine menu, you were lucky before to have a choice of house white or a red! and a fairly large pub menu.
Got talking to the Bar maid who said it was now privatly owned and it shows, that someone is bothering with the place.
It may not be a 'traditional victorian boozer' but then again it never was, as every thing inside was fake before incl the beams reproduction fittings etc, so I guess nothing lost but a nice little pub thats getting back on the map.
churchtqy - 22 Jun 2007 00:29
Quite an odd pub this, it didn’t have the feel of a central London boozer, though that certainly isn’t a bad thing. I popped in The Ship when in the area yesterday (May 1st) to find quite a plainly decorated and perhaps even slightly shabby establishment. Staff were friendly however and the ales were in fine condition. One thing to be weary of is the spiral staircase leading to the gents. My, are they steep! Just make sure you hold on or even better, just have a couple. Don’t get pissed!
HTM69 - 2 May 2007 18:02
Well at last some has invested and has a genuine intrest in the pub, great to see the pub busy again and back to being a great little boozer! downstairs transformed and more like a front room.
the Deuchars IPA great pint ! keep up the good work
benbmth - 3 Mar 2007 19:30
The last time i walked past this pub it was very late one night, and i was met by 3 men running naked around the road!
che - 13 Sep 2006 22:59
popped in here a few weeks back , seemed pretty busy but that was mainly cause it was lunchtime , nice drop of beer served . didnt really hang around as time wasnt on my side , came back a bit later to get my train home and it was excellent got talking to some regulars and had quite a good evening . will return during the day when time is on my side
romfordir - 9 Jul 2006 18:59
This pub use to be excellent but has gone down hill recently. Pub normally serves Theakstons or Courage ale. Downstairs bar usually frequented by male city workers. The upstairs restaurant use to serve excellent pub grab at a good price but not anymore.
TheHorsesMouth - 20 Oct 2005 14:07
spot on there krylon.
carterse9 - 6 Oct 2005 14:44
Dark and dingy?

It's called atmosphere mate, not all of us want neon strip lights and wall to wall mirrors to admire ourselves in!

There aren't enough boozers like this left in the City, keep the old school pubs going!
krylon76 - 8 Jan 2005 18:05
For a pub on street level with windows and the door open, how is it so dark inside???
A fair choice of drinks but it's a dark and dingy pub.
James - 30 Jul 2003 14:25

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