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Address: 68, Borough Rd, Southwark, London, SE1 1DX [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 3570) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Borough (0.2 miles), Elephant and Castle (0.4 miles), Southwark (0.5 miles)

Nearest train stations Elephant & Castle (0.4 miles), London Bridge (0.7 miles), London Waterloo East (0.7 miles)

Brewery: Fullers

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> Current user rating: 6.3/10 (rated by 49 users)
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First time visit - and last. Disappointing for a Fuller's pub. London Pride very dull tasting. Too many tables with 'reserved' notices on them - at 5.30 on a Tuesday. Bartender thought he was in a club or hipster joint rather than a pub. Was probably once a good local boozer, now doesn't know whether it's trying to be slightly trendy for the craft and wine brigade, or still wanting to accommodate local beer drinkers.
alebarry - 5 Feb 2020 12:45
My first ever visit to this Fullers pub on a Wednesday afternoon.

The Ship is a pub I have been meaning to tick since 2013 but hadn't got round to it, so after a meeting in the local area it was a good opportunity.

A friendly barmaid greets me as I approach the bar. There are 5 hand pumps offering 4 different Fullers ales. These are London Pride, ESB, Seafarers & Chiswick Bitter. The Pride is on 2 pumps.

I choose a pint of Chiswick and it’s very good, well kept and refreshing.

The pub is more than half full with a mix of locals and workers. There is football and racing on the television screens in the front bar with the back bar area being a little more quiet.

I sit at the bar with my pint watching and listening the locals.

The Ship appears to be very much a community pub aswell as being a favourable place to watch sport with lots of up coming football and rugby games advertised.

I may return and there’s a few pubs in the area that I haven’t been in so The Ship could be part of a crawl soon.
lezford - 10 Feb 2015 10:11
Fullers pub about midway between Borough and Elephant & Castle tube stations. CAMRA seem to rate this pub fairly highly. It's in the current Good Beer Guide and I noticed that they host branch meetings here. It has a nice enough interior with plenty to keep you occupied, including TVs and board games. Lighting is just about right and service was good. Ales are limited to Fullers - Pride, HSB, ESB & Chiswick. But a reasonable pub as Fullers pubs go.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Feb 2015 19:41
Great pub in every way, well run by Mike.
nickthefish - 9 Dec 2013 20:55
I go here quite often. It was refurbished in late 2012. The refurb didn't come a moment too soon becase the men's toilets were foul, there was no lock on the door, the water came out so hot in the basin it was a real health and safety issue. On one occasion I found the toilet seat on the window sill. They're now much improved.
The food is patchy. It depends on the chef. I had to send the fish and chips back once. There was virtually no fish. It was dreadful. The food is definitely expensive for the quality. It's as though they've seen what other pubs can charge but forget that if you ask for a premium you do need to deliver something good. The food here is never better than average and it's plain pub fare - nothing gastro. There's almost no healthy option either.
The biggest problem is the lack of a decent manager. The guy who runs this place really doesn't seem to care. Some of the bar staff give the impression they really don't care either - although some can be quite friendly.
Weekends the crowd here comes to watch sport on the various screens.
It's a shame really. This pub coould be good. It doesn't seem to know quite what it wants to be. If it wants to be a decent local then it needs to work on the decent. If it wants to be a destination pub it needs to offer people a reason to go out of their way. If it wants customers it has to care about its customers.
If you put a really goood manager in here, one who'd listen and think for a while and then give his or her customers what they want it could be a little gem.

treedweller - 6 Jan 2013 11:10

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