Whenever I’m in London I usually head to the funky bars to find my friends. But after being away from England for so long I was craving traditional taverns and wanted to see scenes of red telephone boxes and cobbled streets a plenty.
Que The Ship Tavern in Holborn which dates back to 1549, is one of London’s oldest pubs and is rumored to have played host to Shakespeare himself. If only the walls could speak, I’m sure they have a few stories to tell.
This place is the opposite of a touristy chain and it oozes original character. Located up a little cobbled street and surrounded by huge buildings, you need to know it is there to find it. With its slanted walls and crooked wooden beams, it looks like something from a Harry Potter film which sprung up out of the ground by magic.
Downstairs the pub was full of jolly locals and suited bankers enjoying tankards of real ale. Upstairs is an intimate dining room with a crackling open fire serving ‘proper’ pub food. Exactly what I wanted.
Here is what I ate from the a la carte menu:
- Pan-fried halibut, basil mash potato, poached duck egg & blood orange hollandaise
- Dorset rock oysters, merlot vinegar & shallots
- Cheese board
The food does the talking at The Ship Tavern, Everything is clearly made from scratch and is just so tasty! I have cut out refined carbs and refined sugar from my diet, so a lot of pubs are just out of the question for me. But I had ample choice on the menu. If I wasn’t on the diet, I would of totally ordered a pie. They looked soooo good and smelled delicious.
This is the place to go if you are in London and looking for an authentic experience in a traditional pub with delicious food.