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user reviews of the Ship and Whale, Rotherhithe

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Nice family run pub with friendly staff and great food! We had a selection of the pies on offer which is every Wednesday and we would definitely visit again and recommend this pub to our friends
marry27 - 1 Nov 2012 20:02
After being a loyal customer for many years, going to the New Year party and eating breakfast at The Ship regularly (see my review 2 Oct 2011), I was extremely disappointed to be told last Saturday by John the owner "tell your boyfriend to leave a good review or he's barred". And surprisingly not a joke. Apparently John and Basia thought that my partner (of 8 years who they have met on many occassions and who was with me for breakfast) had left a bad review on some review site - they based this on the reviewer having the same first name. Apology? Sadly not. Upsetting treatment from the owner and staff. This pub will no longer receive any recommendation from me or receive any further custom.
JimmyR_UK - 15 Oct 2012 08:52
Gotta say this pub goes from strength to strength, food is quite simply the best in the area by a country mile and now the owners have invested even more money back into the business, last year they refurbed the kitchen and laid a new oak floor throughout the pub and now this year they've invested more money into the garden providing a very swish outside space with gorgeous rattan furniture. Service is always pleasant with friendly staff and good shepherd neame beers. For a London pub on the banks of the river Thames prices are very reasonable. Glad to count this pub as one of my local haunts. Keep up the good work guys!!!
savvy_blank - 7 Aug 2012 09:50
i m glad i dont have a pub like this on my doorstep.. My wife would never see me and my doctor would show me pictures of damaged livers... Great atmosphere , food and a solid pint of Spitfire with a clean full head.. It must be so hard making a go of a neighbourhood pub these days , especially one tucked away off the main routes.. there are great walks to be had around the river and docks in this area and I recommend this as the top pick for stops. Sadly they are nt open mid week lunchtimes - except Fridays in the summer.. Great food and friendly staff
flowingeasily - 7 Feb 2012 17:13
Shepherd Neame pub not far away from the banks of the Thames. Spitfire & Kent's Best were the only 2 ales on my Tuesday afternoon visit. Prices were quite steep. The interior is large and open planned with candles on each table. The staff were friendly enough, but there were very few customers. Found nothing particularly special about this place, but it was handy for a quick pit stop whilst walking along the river.
blue_scrumpy - 29 Dec 2011 22:43
When we visit London the only pub we frequent as our local is The Ship and Whale. John the owner and Basia make you feel so welcome, the food is amazing and great value for money and we have never had bad service ever. We recommend this pub as the only pub in the area where you feel at home...The New Years Eve party is an event to be remembered...Before John took over I believe that the pub was run down, but in the last three years he has done wonders with the place. Looking forward to seeing them in Dec/Jan...We rate this pub top marks...
Debz70 - 12 Oct 2011 08:00
I was a regular in this pub for my first two years living in London, and even though I have moved from the area now, I still go back when I can. The customers are friendly, the food is great, the pub is clean and tidy and looks fantastic and the garden is lovely (especially on a Sunday morning when you fancy a tasty and very reasonably priced dockers breakfast!). But the best thing about the Ship and Whale are John and Basia and the rest of the staff, such friendly people who will go out of there way to make you feel comfortable. I miss it so much, get that Sirloin cooking and pint of Spitfire poured, it may just be time for another visit!!
downingj - 5 Oct 2011 13:05
Living near the Ship and Whale I probably don't go there as often as I should but that's being remedied now. I popped in last night for a quick drink with a friend and ended up deciding to eat. The tuna steak salad special was absolutely wonderful. Full compliments to the kitchen on a fantastic meal. Sitting outside in the warm atmosphere of the beer garden on a beautiful evening in October was a delight. Long may this surprise second summer in October continue and the Ship and Whale is the perfect place to enjoy it.
JimmyR_UK - 2 Oct 2011 11:49
I run the Thursday night poker at the Ship & Whale, but this is my own project entirely and I am not under employment by John, or the pub. I have been running pub-poker for 3 years, and chose to move it to the Ship & Whale a year ago.

I chose the Ship & Whale because of it's friendly and inviting atmosphere. Although the food was a bit of a draw as well. I can't recommend highly enough the pan-cooked duck which often appears on the specials board... or the chicken wings starter (although I have mine without the piri-piri sauce as I'm a complete wuss... but it's little things like this that make the customer service so good!). Oh and the cheesy garlic bread is pretty damn good too! And the tuna salad... I could go on...

I've taken part in the pub quiz a number of times, and it's always a blast - in fact, even if you're not wanting to take part it's great fun to witness. Also, when the party nights are on, such as Halloween or New Years, it's always a fab night, the festive decor is amazing.

I held my 30th birthday party at the Ship and Whale this year for friends and family, and John and Basia made sure that the whole day/night was special.

Basically, this pub is the best in the Canada Water area, and frankly when I have a choice between meeting up with people elsewhere in London, or in the Ship and Whale, it's the Ship every time. I don't rate this pub because I do the poker there, I do the poker there because I rate the pub.

SJ_Jones - 2 Oct 2011 11:18
This pub is absolutely fantastic. Despite living relatively close by I hadn't been up until a couple of months ago.

A colleague of mine invited me along to a quiz one Wednesday with a number of her friends, I had one of the most fun times i've had in a very long time. The quiz master is the owner, John, who is witty, funny and occasionally a little bit crude, but all in good fun. The co-owner, Basia, is also a scream... especially after a couple of shots of vodka!

I have been back on many occasions since then and i've eaten there every time. The food is great, with a variety of specials and offers. I've recommended it to so many of my local friends,a couple of international ones and now to you. Go! There are various things going on throughout the week, including the quiz and poker!

What I love about it is If you're not into quizzes or any of the other things the bar puts on, they always shut an area off for those that want intimate time to themselves. It's so accommodating and friendly.

If you're reading this and are planning to go, please do. It's the best pub in SE16 and probably further afield.

robertb83 - 20 Jun 2011 21:36
This place has had its ups and downs - various management changes over the last 10 years have not always been for the positive. However, we've now had the better part of a year with Jon and his 'team' (notably the charming Pasha)and they have settled in nicely. Food has excellent before and I am pleased to say definitely heading that way again. Well-kept Shepherd Neame beers (notably Spitfire) are complimented by a great wine-list - probably the only pub in the area I would say this about! Monday to Wednesday they do food specials which generally are brilliant value (usually 2 for 1s), and there's a quiz (Wednesday I think) and poker (Thurs) for those seeking more than a pint or grub.

Decor is brightened from the deep red it was a year or so back, and whilst I'm not a massive fan of the wood floor, it's probably better than the old sticky carpet.... Outside there's plenty of space and a bbq for the coming summer. I'd get down there before all the tables are taken...

marcus_SE16 - 11 Apr 2011 15:47
I visitied the Pub with a group of friends on thier first Quiz night. The compare was not only friendly, but a good laugh. The atmosphere was warm and the food was really nice. Although our team didn't win we will defo be visiting again.
Fee79 - 21 Oct 2010 12:49
John and his Team, have really turned this place around. Now a great, fun place with great staff and excellent beer and superb food.

Davo_SE16 - 7 Oct 2010 18:00
This has to be one of the best pubs in the area. We went in for Sunday lunch last week and had a wicked meal, nice roast dinner with all the trimmings. We even saw the chef come out of the kitchen to talk to someone on the next table who had celiac disease and was concerned about what she could eat. The chef really impressed us with his knowledge and caring but most of all his cooking was superb. For friendliness, value for money and food & drink this pub knocks spots off all its local rivals. Definately worth a try. One handy tip, ring ahead and book a table as it get quite full on the weekend.
savvy_blank - 21 Sep 2010 12:24
Having been a regurlar at this pub for many years, I enjoyed i often enjoyed a quiet pint and one of its burgers, which has a deserved reputation for being excellent. I even popped in occasionally for the fiendish quiznights in the winter.

With a change of management, a period of rapid decline followed and I stopped going.

With another change of hands, this good 'ole local is rebuilding its reputation. The burgers are back to being close to what they once were. The choices on the wine menu is good without going for expensive 'names'.

While there are still some 'learning moments' - I am again starting to visiting reguarly and am have been enjoying the beer garden over summer with a pitcher of their wonderfully mixed Pimms (with plenty of fruit and mint) and close friends . Long may it continue.

Eden_NZ - 21 Jul 2010 15:42
After moving to the area just a week ago I am very pleased to have discovered the Ship & Whale, I went in last night for the 1st time with my house mate and we had a great evening. We both had the Homemade Ship & Whale Burgers, and they were great.

The staff were very friendly, laughing and joking with us and they were full of local knowledge.

SE8 - 21 Jul 2010 15:31
We returned here, last night (Sunday2nd), after avoiding the place. We had heard that new owners were in place as well as new kitchen staff.
The bar itself is much tidier than before. The new owner has tried to improve the decor and done a nice job. However, the food.....Where do you start...
We had the Roast (I had the Beef, my firend had the Pork) The meat was very nice, but the vegetable were awful. The Roast Potatoes should never have been served, the Cauliflower was un cooked and the Cabbage was ver under done. And to top it all, the plates were stobe cold. And all this for £10-£12 per plate. Shocking. The new chef seemed to want to spend more time chatting to people than to be in theKitchen.
Please, sort this out!!!
doolally - 3 May 2010 22:37
Lovely, welcoming, comfy pub. Very competent barmaid got us our two pints and packs of crisps in short order, and we sat up at the long bench by the big windows and had a pleasant break on our Sunday evening walk. We only stayed for one, but plan to return to sample the food soon. I also don't understand the comment on sofas - there were a few in one cosy corner of the bar...

NB: This pub sits smack on the Thames Path on the east shore of the Rotherhithe peninsula - ideal 'halfway' point between Greenwich and Tower Bridge.
ferners - 28 Apr 2010 16:10
We were in London over the New Year period 2010 and had an awesome party at the Ship and Whale and I must say that the food, staff and service was excellent. John the owner made us feel so welcome and we enjoyed it so much we are planning another trip at the end of this year and will be taking the family along... John well done... looking forward to seeing you all in December. Regards Henry and Debbie Steyn South Africa
ofcon - 25 Apr 2010 16:58
Not sure what Yottie is talking about, the new owner has increased the lounge area and he said that the fireplace is being opened up next week. The sunday roasts are cheaper than the previous owner and the plates seem fuller. Easily the best place in Surrey Quays!
anonymous - 10 Jan 2010 13:26
This is easily the best pub in the area, the new owner has really transformed the place. We've just returned from having a wonderful brunch and we were sat on the lovely chesterfield sofa's by the fire. Basha (?) and Jon are really doing well and are very welcoming. Try the Dutch breakfast, we did and we were stuffed full! We're coming back later for the Sunday roast!!!
anonymous - 10 Jan 2010 13:21
Took some friends from out of town yesterday afternoon/ evening with the plan of kicking back in the big comfy seats, putting back a load of lagers and tucking into a nice big roast dinner. Havign told them all continuously about how great this place is and a fantastic way to waste away a Sunday, I was absolutely amazed by what has happened to the place. Gone are the big comfy sofas, replaced by some rickety wooden chairs. The Orangeboom, always a treat, was flat. Tried the Holsten, even more flat. We all ordered a roast, the food was below average. None of the old style plate full of food with loads of roasties and swimming in gravy like your mum would make. Instead its an undercooked mess of a dinner, with soggy boiled veg and barely enough food to satisfy any of the group,and its not exactly cheap either. The plan of kicking back for the rest of the day was quickly replaced by getting the bill and getting the hell out of there as quickly as possible. This is the first time that I have ever felt the need to write a review of anything on the internet, my sole motivation being that the owner reads this and puts things back to how they were. There is a worrying lack of good pubs in the area and this was the best pub going, it seems a shame to let it fall by the wayside.
yottie - 21 Dec 2009 11:51
Hi I'm John, the new Landlord (as of 21st Oct 2009). My thanks go to the previous poster for a lovely review. I've lived in this area for over 10 years and see The Ship & Whale in many guises, and I've also had my eye on it for a number of years, missing out 4 years ago when it last came up for sale.

Our ambitions are very simple for The Ship & Whale, good wholesome home cooked food, served in fantastic venue, quality ingredients, great wine list and a monthly guest ale.

If you are coming to the pub for the first time, please do ask for me and say hello and I'll tell you about the history of the pub and the area, which is also recreated on the back of the menus.

I've got a great staff team waiting to welcome you to The Ship & Whale.
johnshipandwhale - 3 Nov 2009 09:27
I have just logged on to find out the correct address for this pub is and was appalled to see such a bad review of the pub. I had a look at the date and lo and behold it's before my time of frequenting this pub began.

With the new owner/landlord starting a week after I went the first time I saw a drastic change to the ambience in the ship and whale.

He has embraced the history of the place and cleaned up the decor a huge amount. You now have a gorgeous velveteen ceiling with art deco lamps mounted high up on the windowsills. The walls are covered in historic photos and the menu doubles up as a mini history lesson if you are interested.

The food has been vamped up to the nth degree, even though the same kitchen staff are present, a kick up the bum with a new boss to impress has made my tummy rumble for more pork belly with green beans and mash or the classic spare ribs with hand cut healthy chips with tons of salad, not just a garnish of wilted lettuce and an onion that would repel a vampire in the slightest.

I love this pub; it's cosy with a fireplace due to be opened up in the next month or two. The dark red, old school library couches beckon me every week and the huge heated patio/beer garden allows even a social smoker like me to sit out with a well chosen sauvignon blanc from New Zealand quiet happily for a few hours in this murky October.

All in all, give it a go. The new guy is brand new to the pub business and has hit the ground running.

I love it, come and join in the fun there!

87blackcats - 31 Oct 2009 14:52
This place like moby dick has taken a nose dive and I don’t see it blowing to the surface in the near future – avoid like the plague unless you want sub-standard food and the service of a surly manager who looked and acted like some out of work banker trying to make a fast buck to pay the over-inflated mortgage on his new build docklands high-rise by taking on a ‘gastro’ pub during the credit crunch and in the process trashing anything good about it. That said when I did ask if it was under new management said surly manager assured me, actually assured would be a generous adjective to use given the zero hospitality customer service SM (surly manager) displayed, rather TOLD me that he had been there for years…? Maybe the other side of the bar methinks…

Moving on from SM’s appalling attitude the food is now AWFUL! The previous full rack of juicy, succulent and finger licking ribs that needed no more then a finger bowl to accompany has now been replaced by a sticky mess of sweet BBQ sauce covered, fatty, tough, processed meat with some bones thrown in so you know what it’s supposed to be… very disappointing… and the steak we ordered was sent back to the kitchen before even a morsel was tasted, mainly because we couldn’t chisel a piece off, ordered medium rare it would have doubled as a replacement sole for my husbands brogues it was so tough! Sides were rank – whole experience was very, VERY disappointing.

Recently I had read a couple of questionable reviews of this establishment but considered the ‘reviewers’ to perhaps have unachievable high standards as we’ve always enjoyed the Ship and Whale experience, great food and uber friendly staff but now realise they were right – PEOPLE SAVE YOUR MONEY, do not think you will get the same experience of not more then a year ago – the worm has turned again at the Sh1t and Whale!

So close to the sides of the Thames yet this place is SHIPWRECKED!

skki - 10 Apr 2009 00:23
I have to walk past 5 other pubs to get here, and do so reasonably frequently.

I think that the place peaked a year or so ago, when the food and service were a lot better, but for my money it's still a good pub, with excellent food, and good beer. The staff are reasonably attentive and the table service is a nice touch. Needs a bit more attention, but happy to call this my local.
Aoleus - 6 Jan 2009 17:09
I heartedly diagree with the last comment. I went to the ship and whale after looking for a decent local. I've recently moved into the area and found this hidden gem after a stroll with my wife and daughter. We had Sunday lunch there last week. The place was heaving and it seemed everyone was eating. I had the lamb and my wife the roast beef. The portions were a little large but delicious and I greedily ate the lot (including some of my wife's). Our little one even helped her out. Keep up the good work.
tim75 - 5 Oct 2008 11:55
I don't go in here that often but have been in a couple of times in the last couple of months ago and the food has gone horrendously downhill since 1-2 years ago.

It seems to take an age to come and there can be large gaps between each person's main courses arriving, enough that you might be finished your main 20 minutes before your mate's meal turns up. Amongst the groups I was with some of it was still good but some of what the group had was literally inedible and had to be returned. The first time I put it down to a bad day, the second time seems to makes it seem more than a co-incidence. As someone else mentioned it's not particularly cheap and if you pay restaurant prices you don't expect a lottery on whether you'll be able to eat.

It's a shame because there's a lack of pubs in the area and it is a nice place and they're clearly capable of making good food but it just seems like they've got careless. 2 years I would have given this place an 8 or maybe 9, now I'll give it a 5 based on the fact the staff are still decent and it is a nice looking pub.
MrGravy - 1 Oct 2008 08:54
Quite a friendly environment, maybe too friendly especially when it comes to waiting staff taking a chip from a fellow diners plate as it is served on the table.
(Eating it with a cheeky grin!). Whether they are friends or not this is not good etiquette. I was astonished by this behaviour.
Angela11 - 30 Aug 2008 20:05
OK, I was wrong. This place isn't as bad as The Moby Dick. A close second though....
anonymous - 10 Aug 2008 19:35
No, it's wrong. the food isn't as good as it used to be. It is pleasant, but shockingly expensive for a back street pub. Decor is looking a little tired. staff are pleasant, if humourless.
Suddenly, The Moby Dick looks good....(never thought I'd say that!)
anonymous - 5 Aug 2008 18:12
I'd echo the previous comment, the only thing I miss about the area and definitely worth a visit (particularly on quiz night)! I'll be back soon...
tpw101 - 8 May 2008 08:19
I used to live around the area and by far the best (probably only worth visiting) pub in the area.
Very friendly staff, brilliant burgers and good beers. I thoroughly recommend it (about the only thing i miss in the area!)
Jaminho - 24 Apr 2008 16:48
Easily the best pub in SE16. A great selection of beers, ciders and wine; gorgeous food (the burgers and roasts especially); a fun pub quiz; a nice beer garden; and extremely friendly service.

Very nearly the perfect pub.
Ranch - 27 Mar 2008 15:10
Couldnt agree more with the below. This is the best pub in the area by a country mile. The lesser-spotted Oranjeboom on tap, big spacious dining area, Chesterfield sofa, great staff and amazing food all combine to make this place a winner. The steaks are supreme and even better when you consider that you'd need to spend triple the amount for an equivalent sirloin over the water at Gaucho grill (yes they are that good). There was a period of flux when the previous Manager, Aiden left the place but they have recovered well and going as strong as ever!!
NewCalDrinker - 23 Nov 2007 15:59
Thankfully, a gem of a pub in SE16 - close to the Greenland Dock river bus pier! Delightfully restored interior. Pleasant and attentive staff. Uncrowded early evening - especially inviting on a warm summer's evening with attractive walled garden. Prices seemingly keep the chavs at bay - they're all drinking at the Moby Dick, these days! Food untested, but looks and smells good! Well worth the walk - and encouraging to see a legend of a historic pub return to its former glories! Best local in the area, by a mile!
Wharflad - 4 Sep 2007 13:46
This pub is fantastic - I'm almost reluctant to tell you all how good it is because I don't want it getting so crowded that I've got nowhere to sit... It really is great though, the food is delicious and the staff are very professional and friendly. The decor is nice, very conventional and comfortable but with lots of character. It also has a good sized garden with hanging baskets and a tented area for when it rains. The food is more expensive than average but in my opinion worth every penny.
helz1 - 31 Jul 2007 17:08
Still a bit pricey, but good food service and wines. great location and they do really try hard and do provide a good service. Recovered trade from previous disasterous tenants who drove the business through the floor.
reasonable - 20 Feb 2007 15:48
Great pub in the summer, great pub in the winter. Fantastic Landlord/Owner (not sure which), always smiling and friendly. Food looks fantastic, although not tried it (yet!). Good range of beers, alround top pub!
PabloBrown - 17 Jan 2007 16:36
How a local should be. Alcohol, good food & friendly staff who remember you and are polite and efficient. Has been through a number of owners in the past few years but the current owners have it right. Pub quizzes can be annoying if you don't want to join in - or great fun if you do - only once a week and not on a traditional "night out" evening. Beers in the form of lager are somewhat limited in my opinion but there ales and Guinness. Food delicious but like the beer ( bottled in particular ) is at the top end of reasonably priced. But it keeps the riff-raff out ( if you had been in here 7-10, even 5 years ago you will know what I mean - I think they are all at the Moby Dick now ) and still manages to create a good atmosphere that is lively without being rude and obtrusive. Best place in SE16 ( although a couple of pubs along Rotherhithe Street obviously beat it on river views etc ).
AdsSE16 - 4 Dec 2006 14:35
Possibly the best boozer in London. Ale is excellent and the food (veggie or meat eater) is excellent. S&W is South Londons best kept secret. BBQ is summer months is worth a visit too.
RichardS - 12 Sep 2006 21:10
This is an awesome pub - the staff are great and always friendly - not very often you get table service all through the night. Food is wicked becoming famous for their burgers - Red onion jam and stilton a particular favourite as is the chicken caesar salad! Check out the Kocoa Brown Soulful Jazz nights on a sunday - book a table the place gets packed. The only very small criticism is that Magners errs on the expensive side but I have never had a bad night down there -
anonymous - 2 Sep 2006 11:59
Fantastic food, great atmosphere, wonderful staff. One of my favourite places in London.
span13l - 22 Jun 2006 23:45
Well, this pub is near and nice. The staff are friendly, the food is great and there is always space to spread out and chat with friends. I can't fault it apart from the sound system that needs to be bought to make the Monday quiz a bit more audible!
RobN - 31 May 2006 11:57
Had a fantastic steak here last night. This pub has become a real neighbourhood gem. Great staff, a good wine selection and menu, and always seats available. The Monday night quiz is worth a crack as well.

Can't wait for the garden barbeques to start again - roll on springtime....
sodapop - 17 Mar 2006 16:54
This place has gone from strength to strength. The sunday roasts are unsurpassed. I recently had a duck breast with all the sunday trimmings, and you would be hard pressed to find better anywhere. Try the cornish ale when you are here also - very tasty.
Alex_Fop - 15 Mar 2006 15:07
Yep - clearly under new management. They seem to have some pretty big ideas for the place and, from what i've seen, most of them seem to be working. Food is pretty good (burgers superb, chicken very overpriced), new staff are really friendly and their service is excellent, and they've done a nice job inside. Could turn into a real winner this one...
porks1 - 27 Jan 2006 13:52
Another update! The new guys running this place are great. Very friendly. They're running table service, which is a bit disconcerting at first, it being a pub and all, but it works well enough. Good food, as always. There seem to be a lot more punters than there used to be, so they're obviously doing something right. Let's hope these guys last longer than the previous landlords.
DaveTheDog - 17 Nov 2005 13:15
Ship and Whale has an excellent food menu, if it a bit on the expensive side. Staff our friendly and chatty. Only downer is the red wine is bizarrely kept in the fridge and the white is always a bit on the warm side and they could do with a different selection of lager, they currently have oranjeboom and Holsten. On the whole a decent pub to spend a week night or weekend night in.
gooding - 23 Sep 2005 09:28
I'm going to have to update my comments - I've been here twice recently. On Friday, they ran out of all beers and we had to drink bottled stuff. We would have left, but we'd ordered food. Last night, all the ales were off, so we didn't bother staying. Come on, guys! Poor show.
DaveTheDog - 10 Aug 2005 13:46
I'm not keen on the lagers, but the staff are very pleasant and we've had a few good meals. The crowd can vary. One night, it'll consist mainly of people from the new developments sipping wine and chatting politely. The next night, it may be full of tattooed old-timers yelling at their kids. Large and colourful beer garden is great in summer.
DaveTheDog - 18 Jul 2005 16:09
Not the busiest pub around but one of the friendlest. The beer is good and the pub is very clean. Locals are chatty and friendly. Worth a look.
anonymous - 23 Feb 2005 18:55
I agree that pub quizzes are annoying and a reason to steer clear of a pub.

The beer they serve is of an excellent quality. Sheperd Neame.

The pub is slightly lacking in atmosphere nowadays. The place always seems to be completely empty. This all means that it is a great pub to have a quite drink in. Never hard to find a table!

Spel_Unca - 22 Dec 2004 15:40
Been going to the ship for the last four years. And I think it's great. Emile must have only been in once. The games are all back now the pub has been redecorated. And as for the quiz. I hated it, as did all my mates. Most people only went along to laugh at the guy who did it. It was the worst quiz I had been to. The ship is the best pub in the area without a doubt. Good beer, great food and a pleasent atomosphere. Who could ask for anything else?
Dave - 24 Oct 2004 19:33
It was back in the late 1980s and I went there more recently with a friend we both felt quite relaxed there although you could not tell if it was or not. It has apparently improved recently.
lad_newton - 13 Oct 2004 16:58
Am looking for a pub to go to for a few midweek beers, having just moved to the area. This pub looks nice from the outside and was was just checking people's opinions on it. I also noticed the rainbow heart on the door, and being gay myself was wondering if this was a gay pub?
Steven Byrne - 13 Oct 2004 09:46
We hadn't been to this pub for a while and we went back with some friends for the famous Wednesday night quiz. What a disapointment!! The new management transformed this young and friendly pub into an boring one. Where is the pub quiz, giant jenga, darts board and the good music? They've managed to take all the best things about this pub and throw it away.
Anyone can tell me where to find the "how many monkeys" quiz now?
Emilie - 11 Oct 2004 18:43
just popped in to the ship after being away for a while and I must I was most surprised. It is no longer a managed house. I was most impressed by the warm friendly welcome from the staff. And blown away by the food. It now has a traditional and an evening Thai menu and the food is most excellent. Also the decor has changed dramatically it's been painted a deep burgundy colour. So now it doesn't feel so bare.This has always been one of the best pubs in the area but now it has that personal touch that you never get from a managed house. oh yeah and the beer is great.Try the spitfire. It was one of the best pints of I've had in london for a long time. If you get the chance drop in and see for yourself. You won't be dissapointed. And it's also in the new good beer guide.
bob morgan - 27 Sep 2004 00:13
phil here (manager)i no longer run the ship 2rd aug 2004 but still work for shepherd neame now running thw whit horse and bower down horse ferry rd so pop in and enjoy the same warmth as with the ship,sorry about your pint going a miss lee but pop in new pub will buy you one /on the hse thanks to all my customers for there support over the last 2 year

phil chislett - 12 Aug 2004 15:38
Having lived in the area for 10 years, off and on, I would say that this is the best pub in the area without a doubt. This is mostly down to Phil, the new(ish) manager, and his friendly staff. Comfy sofas, a good range of spirits, Holsten Export and Oranjeboom on tap, a decent size outdoor area for the summer and a varied menu make this a thoroughly reccommended pub.
Geoff - 26 Mar 2004 15:33
this pub has amazing food and great value for money since Phil a new manager has taken over. The best quiz ive ever been to is on a wednesday funny guy not usual nonsense the hardest thing is finding the dam thing but well worth it
lee bannister - 5 Nov 2003 13:44
Went there last night with a friend. Shepherd Neame Best, Goldings and Spitfire on. First tried the Best, this was virtually undrinkable but was changed with a smile to the Goldings, which was a lot better. We sat outside and I had some excellent pasta. There was a quiz on, but all seemed very friendly. I was really beginning to enjoy it here to the point that I had earmarked the pub for an 8/10 overall rating. However, after paying a visit to the gents at 2305 I returned to our table at 2306 to find my pint, which was still at least a quarter full, to have been removed whilst my partner was still there. For me that took the edge off the evening and I now think a 6/10 rating is more appropriate. This is a good pub - don't get me wrong - but it is probably better visited first thing than at the end of a crawl.
lad_newton - 24 Jul 2003 17:15
Friendly pub, badass pub quiz on Wednesdays, holsten export on tap
Tom C - 9 Jul 2003 12:00
Great pub, friendly atmosphere, nice couches and a nice outdoor area for warm summer nights drinking some interesting beers.
Duncan Sellars - 11 Jun 2003 16:18
Relaxed and friendly, good beer and food, quiz and open mike nights.
George - 24 Apr 2003 17:55

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