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Pleasant real pub in Richmond town centre. Young's Special on top form. Well worth visiting.
Aztecgoat - 15 May 2016 09:43
Dropped in on the bounce after rejecting the White Cross on the basis of a wall of vile dinner smells greeting one on opening their door. Good move. Busy, but relaxed and uncrowded boozer, nice bar staff, great pint of Winter Warmer, unobtrusive music in background; fire; nice and warm. Good town centre pub. Would return.
strongarm - 1 Jan 2015 06:03
This pub has not changed in many years, no poncy overpriced gastro food, just a good old honest boozer, Brilliant place
anonymous - 10 Jan 2013 17:20
Good Youngs pub off the high street. Plenty of character as others have said and decent friendly bar staff. A dirth of good pubs in Richmond, this is certainly one of the better ones
Tourmalet - 30 Dec 2012 16:41
Excellent pub, well located for break from shopping, before or after the cinema. Rambling interior with plenty of character. Much prefer it to the heaving places a few yards away on the river.
mozzzzzz - 22 Oct 2012 12:04
Brisk lunchtime trade today, excellant as always...nothing ordinary about this youngs pub!!!
fullbelly - 8 Nov 2011 17:03
2nd pub of my evening, walking up from the river to the station. Popped in and checked the menu. They had steak on for 14, so I went for it. Served incredibly quickly and was allright. Service was very good and they checked that everything was ok. Liked the look of the courtyard, which included a TV with the footie on.
Mappiman - 27 Sep 2011 18:49
Friendly enough on a busy Sunday afternoon, and a decent drop of (the now sadly debased) Youngs but a bit of a gloomy interior.
curioushistory - 21 Mar 2011 14:16
In a town dominated by Youngs pubs, I think this is one of the better ones. The interior is still fairly traditional and the welcome is generally friendly. Youngs Ordinary, Special and Winter Warmer was the choice for real ale fans. There is a courtyard out the back, presumably for smokers or summer drinking. On a wintry Thursday, we chose to stay inside.
blue_scrumpy - 18 Dec 2010 14:18
Very expensive, even by Richmond standards, and feels rather grimy and claustrophobic. There are better, cheaper, nicer places to get a decent pint within walking distance: Prince's Head, Waterman's Arms etc.
I_Love_Rugby - 15 Dec 2010 16:57
'Chips and sour cream' ordered in a pub........sort of covers the last comment.
millreef - 15 Dec 2010 11:25
Went in recently one evening with friends. Ordered some chips and sour cream dressing.
Got single cream. Suggested this was not the best combination, got more single cream.
porkyc - 22 Mar 2010 17:57

nice lociation - close to the river and buses.
I quite like the layout of the bar - quiet area for dining and noisier if you want to watch a game.
the food served is not too bad - the sausages i had could be better cooked though.
would definitely recommend it!
mysteriouscustomer - 1 Feb 2010 20:46
Reasonably traditional Youngs pub in Richmond Town Centre and close to the River Thames towpath.

A refurbishment a few years back created 2 interconnecting bars either side of a central entrance. The public bar is largely bare boarded, but with a more comfortable area at the back. There's several screens for live sports which, on my recent visit, were showing Spurs v West Ham, but they don't dominate the pub to the detriment of other customers. There's a more comfortable food orientated saloon bar and an outside heated patio at the back. Pleasingly, this is still very much a pub as opposed to one of Youngs "Pub and Dining" experiences.

The refurbishment has resulted in the loss of some of the shipping memorabilia - although there's still several model ships dotted about and a ship's capstan in the entranceway. On the plus side, the toilets are no longer denoted as "gulls" and "buoys". Note the old photos of Richmond Town Centre, including one which shows that a pub called The Queens Head occupied part of the land where the Dickins and Jones store over the road now is.

The beer is usually reasonable in here and my recent visit found the Bombardier - 3.13p - in good form.

Karaoke is offered on alternate Tuesdays ( oh dear!) and there's a weekly music orientated pub quiz.

This is a perfectly adequate, if somewhat unremarkable, pub, but if you're doing a Richmond crawl, you'll probably want to include this one on your itinerary.
JohnBonser - 6 Jan 2010 09:14
A decent Young's house which can be very busy. It's close to the central drag and therefore handy if you're planning a crawl (at least four other pubs just moments away!). Recommended.
JDchaser - 29 Oct 2009 12:21
I was always put off this pub as it is in a horrendously busy part of town and wasn't sure about the neon sign outside. Having just visited the brilliant Eel Pie in Twickenham I was ready for a bit of a dissapointment afterwards. However this didn't happen as this was a fine Youngs pub which served good beer at reasonable prices. Also check out the courtyard with TV when it's warm though this was showing Robert Mitchum film on Saturday! (Admittedly there was no footie or rugby on at the time). Will be back to try food next time.
Oakman100 - 14 Oct 2009 11:09
Has the advantage of being open a little later than most of the other town centre pubs so any tours of the town tend to end up there. But the Ship has more going for it than that. The beer range is limited but it is Youngs and it is well kept and here are usually hordes of staff ready to serve you.
Matthew_of_Ham - 2 Sep 2009 16:54
This was OK but not remarkable. I didn't feel much character but it was pretty early so I may have caught it at a bad time.
nrj746 - 17 Mar 2009 10:26
Reasonable and unspoilt Young's pub with two linked bars and a smoking area out the back. Food was reasonable. Wine horribly expensive but the beer price was not too bad for Richmond.
rainlight - 3 Feb 2009 22:14
Very friendly landlord and generally nice boozer. Only eaten there once, fish and chips and it was really nice.
Good little smoking area/ heated area out back with a flat screen for the footy. Nothing amazing but generally nice little boozer, one of the more homely-feeling rubadubs in richmond
whoagigi - 2 Dec 2008 14:06
Beer was fine. The food wasn't great, but is reasonably priced for the area. Has Sky Sports (and Setanta)
oftenscore6 - 16 Nov 2008 22:54
An (increasingly rare?) example of an unmodernised Young's pub. Quite dark and a bit nook-and-crannyish indoors, but not unpleasant. The Young's Bitter was in pretty good form when I visited. Good service as well - all in all a nice pub. Hopefully there are no immediate plans to gentrify it.
grecian - 2 Jun 2008 11:42
Great pub in the traditional sense of pub. I've never had a bad pint (normally better than average) and they have a decent range to try as well.

The food has always been excellent when I've had it. Especially the roast which is just about the best I've had in London.

The bar staff have always been equally as good. Friendly, efficient and always with a smile.

Overall top pub.
theoneandonlyjoe - 13 May 2008 16:57
What's that i hear... Peroni's nice this time of year..! Indeed. So i did, and it was... TJ
TeeJay - 7 May 2008 16:57
Lovely looking old pub, less modernised than most Youngs, abover average Ordinary etc
mtaylor40 - 29 Feb 2008 21:35
Yes 'Oolybel' the Kew Brew is particularly good. 'ilovedrink' I'm sorry to hear about your good lady, back in June'07, but because your lady has an allergy does not actually mean this pub serves awful food...!! from what I've seen, the grub has been quite good, and nobody died..! The Olde Ship is a prime location in the Richmond high street, a welcome oasis in the madness of a busy shopping centre! You can grab a beer & watch some sport on the telly, while the love of your life is trying on shoes..! What more can a man ask on a hectic shopping day!! Old Ship, we love you...always have, always will! If you want nut-free food try the vegetarian restaurant not far away... actually, Wagamama's, 2 doors away is good! Try their 'yaki soba' (chicken & noodles) delish! Then come back to the Ship and sober down..!!
TeeJay - 13 Dec 2007 01:31
Excellent lamb shank on sundays and the ales excellent for a youngs pub.
garyrealaledrinker - 12 Dec 2007 17:40
Good central location in Richmond, sort of between the river and the Green, which makes it very handy for a crawl. Definitely worth visiting, and regularly too.
Matthew_of_Ham - 26 Jul 2007 15:26
Went to this pub with the wife. Never again the food was nasty and cold and what u get. it does not say on the menu. Jp with side salad. But what u get is Jp with saide salad washed and socked and stained in mustard and nuts. What about the people that can not eat nuts or musted like my wife. What was ment to be a bit of food and drink turned out to be 4 hours in west mid with a tube down my wife neck to help her breath. Stay away from this pub. Dont eat here. Food is really bad and so the pub is self
ilovedrink - 1 Jun 2007 10:53
This pub depresses me a bit. The beer is still fine, the staff nice and efficient.
The problem is that Youngs has refurbed it, as they have many of their places in the last years, and in this case they've made a slight hash of it.
It was a lovely, cosy, Victorian pub with Axminster carpets, oak panelling, benches with copper arm rests you could put your pint on, and lots of amusing maritime paraphernalia (bells, full-speed ahead brass thing, and so on.)
The copper armrests are gone, the Axminster gone, most of the funny seagoing stuff gone. A strange entrance lobby now separates the two halves of the pub its all rather claustrophobic and dark.

AbeC - 18 May 2007 11:58
Love this pub and have never experienced rude barstaff, although they are often understaffed. Only negative was last summer when I asked for a Kew Brew (lovely, but sadly rare) and the barman asked me if I wanted ice. I mean, I know I'm a girl, but ice in beer? What is the world coming too.
Oolybel - 25 Apr 2007 20:23
Agree with GP usually the service leaves a lot to be desired in the Old Ship but went in here on a small pub crawl on Easter Bank Holiday and had very pleasant time. Still unsure though
KatrinaD - 11 Apr 2007 14:38
Against my better judgment, went back in here and nothing went wrong! Hooray! I'll up my rating a couple of notches then.
TheGP - 27 Dec 2006 15:52
Not a bad pub. Food is nice (although a bit pricey on a sunday with their roasts!). Drink prices seem reasonable. Staff have always been friendly when I've been there! Nice pub for a few drinks or a break from the shops!! If you fancy a laugh too go on a Sunday night for the music quiz which is worth going just to hear the guy who comperes it - 'little willy'(!,) who sounds like he has stepped out of the 70's pop pickers!!
anonymous - 3 Sep 2006 22:50
Another pub - ditto the Berrylands & Vic in Surbiton - NOT ruined by a refurb. At last the breweries have got the message (after 20 years of messing so many up).

Aside from that beer reasonable.
Ziggy66 - 2 Aug 2006 21:44
I like your reviews TeeJay, good work fella. Have to disagree with your comments about this pub though - In theory, it should be what you say but for the appalling service I have had on 3 consecutive visits. Chronically understaffed, and rude at that, possibly because they are understaffed..
TheGP - 21 Jul 2006 13:42
A Good pub! Right in the centre of Richmond town. Ideal for popping in, on those laborious shopping trips the 'love of your life' might drag you on!! A deceptively spacious pub, with walk-around bar and a real blessing 'no-smoking' bar on the left-hand side as you go in (not many no-smokey bars in town centres)! There's a large screen at the back for ardent sports fans, and a couple of small screens also. Then there's a small courtyard out the back, ideal for a select drinking party (maybe up to 20 folk). There's also room for 50 people (or more..?) upstairs (TV screen also). I don't know why 'Algis' and 'anon' dislike this pub so much, I would recommend it to any Richmond shopper, & include it in any Richmond pub-crawl (you don't have to stay all day, especially when you have the river AND the Green nearby)! Youngs ale & lagers reasonably priced (for Richmond!) TeeJay.
TeeJay - 18 Jul 2006 12:58
Me thinks the previous comment must be about some other pub - as I certainly don't recognise The Old Ship from that description
JohnBonser - 4 Jul 2006 17:26
A dreary, smelly dump full of alcoholic desperados spending the last of their giros on cheap bitter. Avoid.
anonymous - 1 Jun 2006 12:07
Fine, traditional pub, well worth visiting, a must on any Richmond crawl. Youngs beer is always in good form in here
JohnBonser - 26 May 2006 11:18
Lets face it guys, it's a dump. Richmond has got it's fair smattering of watering holes so why waste your time/hard-earned in a shabby, knackered, dank joint with the atmosphere of a very under-populated library.
It's very smoky and the clientele ranges from pensionable age to spending-your-last-years-before-pensionable-age-soaking-in-the-bottom-of-a-barrel types.
Do not go here, go to the river perhaps, if the crowd at the Pitcher & Piano or Slug & Lettuce are not your cup of tea, you'll have that cr*ppy White Cross (or whatever it's called) place to wallow in.
Besides you'll be by the river, it's nice to be by the river. Loosen up will you.
algis100 - 25 May 2006 16:42
I loved going to this pub, the staff remebered me, and what I was drinking, the interior is faded but pleasent. I've eaten here a couple of times and always recieved good service and good food.
bryan - 7 Mar 2006 16:51
Generally a decent addition on the Richmond circuit.Staff normally attentive and beer quaffable on my visits over the years, food good too, like the right hand bar with fire place.
darloexile - 9 Feb 2006 15:13
Third visit, and poor service to match my first visit. Was waiting at the bar ages whilst the barmaid faffed about serving someone very slowly, then she walked off!
Then some halfwit at the bar left his bag under my table and got shirty when MrsGP picked it up and enquired to the ownership, quite reasonably I thought.

This pub always turns into an unpleasant visit for me - I am going to cut my losses I think , as the poor service and mad rich rude old customers are too too much.
TheGP - 21 Dec 2005 21:26
Somehow manages to retain the "local" feel while clearly being a town centre pub.
Matthew_of_Ham - 15 Dec 2005 19:54
I like this pub. It's definitely improved after the refit with more seating and a pleasant little courtyard out the back. One side of the bar is designated no smoking which is a huge plus. On the whole, a comfortable, relaxing venue with no pretentions.
Cleversaz - 28 Jul 2005 17:10
Can't judge a pub by one bad experience so returned for another try - Seemed much better this time, the exceptionally rude bald barman has either left or wasn't on.
Found a little back yard as well. A decent pub, nothing staggeringly different to set it apart from the rest though..
TheGP - 10 Jul 2005 20:26
I agree with previous comments about the refurbishment - well done Youngs, you've surprised us all. However the pub feels a bit like a hotel bar now - last Sunday afternoon the staff, even the tall chap with the long ponytail, were all wearing blue shirts and ties. Pub now seems a bit impersonal - it has definitely lost a bit of the old pubby atmosphere.
Beer first rate however - as ever.
JohnBonser - 9 Dec 2004 13:10
The refit seems to have been done well - However, my first impressions were ruined by possibly the service, the bald guy serving was as rude to me as any person has ever been in a pub - Hence I drank up quickly and left...
TheGP - 4 Dec 2004 19:09
Well well well I take back my words - one of the best refurbished bars I have ever come across now inc a garden garden, & better toilets. Highly recommended!
PJB - 17 Nov 2004 13:43
Nice atmosphere, friendly staff, good grub good ales what are you waitng for?
Maurice - 17 Nov 2004 12:16
Further to my comment below, you will be pleased to hear that it reopened on schedule and hasn't been vandalised. Still a proper pub, go and see for yourself.
Youngs have done well here
John - 15 Nov 2004 10:14
Re- opening on November 13th, according to a banner outside the pub.
We'll keep our fingers crossed in the meantime that it hasn't been vandalised
John - 8 Nov 2004 12:51
Pathetic that they let this pub be refurnished (I think the ONLY pub left in Richmond that hasnt been transformed in the last 10 years, The Organge Tree was sadly ruined, The Bull & Bush gone etc). Lets hope its not a wine bar / all bar 1 rubbish when it reopens. Why oh why was this allowed?!
PJB - 11 Oct 2004 13:36
Now closed for business - Some sort of refit is being carried out - I fear the worst...
TheGP - 4 Oct 2004 16:28
Not as poncey as most of the pubs nearby, hence is worth a visit.
TheGP - 10 Aug 2004 13:19

Re: The Old Ship: like The Waterman's Arms and White Cross, it has gone very much downhill over the last few years. The White Swan has had a revamp and is still quite pleasant. The Prince's Head is still good after its refurb and sells excellent food. Admittedly, "Little Willy" does an enjoyable disco at the Ship on a Thursday night.
Ian - 25 Jul 2004 23:34
DrunkLove, don't let the locals here you refer to Richmond Green as a 'Common' might knock a few K off their property values!
From my memories of drinking in Richmond 20+ years ago, I'd suggest The Waterman's Arms, White Cross or White Swan in Old Palace Lane.
Any Richmond drinkers from the 1970's? email me. Bob
Bob the Binman - - 25 Jul 2004 16:29
I always enjoy a pint of Young's Pilsner and you can't go far wrong with this gaff. Good Pub!
yourhardkorehero - 21 Jul 2004 16:39
This pub was always a classic place to park up in the winter, real fire and cosy feeling. Always able to get a seat upstairs and enjoy the view of George street but they nver seem to open the upstairs anymore so I got bored and stopped going. Just not the same anymore. Although you can get served in the summer here as everyone else is letching on the River so it's good again.
caroline - 26 Mar 2004 19:07
Decent pub, landlord seemed like a nice bloke, big screen for sports, pleasant sunday afternoon.
anonymous - 17 Mar 2004 14:18
Not bad although a bit dull. Also on a busy road - instead walk around to Richmond Common and try some of the pubs along there; The Cricketers, or Prince's Head, for instance.
DrunkLove - 27 Feb 2004 17:39
Nice traditional pub which I seem to recall also serves thai food from upstairs. Though never tried that. Has main sport events on - football and rugby plus I seem to remember some tennis too I think. Needs a bit of a do up inside - is okay but lacks that something that you expect when you see it from the outside. Typical selection for a youngs pub. Traditional real ales, plus a few of the normal demanded exports and Loopy lagers. Nice in the summer - though some of the clientele are a bit snooty and can be a bit "look down their nose" at times - in my experience. OKay though
Lucy - 20 Feb 2004 13:48
Attracts the rugby types (nothing wrong with that if its your thing)but the place feels tired and worn out, i'm not saying they should transform it into an all bar one (heaven forbid) but it really needs a spruce up.
nick - 16 Feb 2004 21:06
Gone down hill since new bloke took over. Ales are shite!
Samuel - 28 Jan 2004 10:30
no pikeys here, which is a good thing-an expensive richmond watering hole-full of bright young things-
badgayboy - 13 Jan 2004 12:23
This is the best real pub in Richmond. The beer is always good and the Youngs Winter Warmer makes you forget you are alive.
Noel - 27 Dec 2003 12:55
Should get a guest beer on and then would be a classic. Had a bottled Old Nick Ale which was ace though.
Charlie - 3 Dec 2003 14:00
This pub should be great but it lacks something. Can't put my finger on it. I like the lay-out, the design, the low ceiling... It's okay really.
Good for: mid-week pints of an evening
thenationofjames - 26 Nov 2003 16:00
Legendary hostelry, best in the area for getting sublimely nailed without sloanes/richmondites bibbling on about property/charles saatchi/audis etc
muffla - - 24 Apr 2003 13:06
Good pub to watch sport in with plenty of screens. Good atmosphere but not too crowded so you can still get served relativley quickly.
Angus - 7 Apr 2003 12:01
James is a champion barman - taught by the best in the business - David Rolph
Large Scotch George - 17 Dec 2002 02:13
decent pub (toilets stink at all times) - great beers and do put on football etc most of the time - never really gets too busy and there is plenty of room + a large upstairs bit with another bar and screen
simon - 30 Sep 2002 14:15
good for match day ales
Jim - 22 Jul 2002 14:53

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