Step Thirteen: ahoy matey! Try these fish and chips

27 Mar


There isn’t really much reason to go down an alleyway behind Holborn tube station, on a weekend when you’re not in the area for work, and when it’s blisteringly blizzard-like outside.

But as my parents were in town, which happens about once every two years, and wanted to go for “a real pub laaanch” and “good feesh and cheeps”, we decided to take them to The Ship Tavern.

The pub downstairs is usually rammed, especially on week nights. But upstairs the Oak Room dining room gives you more room to breathe.

The pub and restaurant combo has been around since 1549 and true to its name, it definitely feels like you’re in a ship’s tavern. The place is full of history and character. The restaurant has dark wood furnishing, old, rusty candlesticks, a crackling fireplace, glass lamps and red, quilted booths. And with the snow pounding outside it felt like we were hibernating away in the middle of a storm at sea.


The fish and chips were exactly what we were after. The fish was cooked in ‘1549’ real ale batter but didn’t taste too greasy, and the tartar sauce had the right amount of zangy-ness. Warning: the portions are massive, none of us could finish.

For the rest of the menu, click here. But you can also order from the Saturday and Sunday brunch menus.

The details:

Location: 12 Gate Street, Holborn tube

Opening times: Mon-Wed 11am-11pm; Thurs-Fri 11am-midnight; Sat-Sun noon-10pm

Call 020 7405 1992 or visit their website here to book.




One Response to “Step Thirteen: ahoy matey! Try these fish and chips”

  1. Har March 27, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    So many of my favourite London places are down that alleyway… the Ship, Bar Polski, Fleet river Cafe and the (slightly too expensive) delicious Korean restaurant underneath the tube station. Good times.

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