Flemings was invited to experience a truly quintessentially British feast at one of London’s oldest pubs, situated in the heart of Holborn at The Ship Tavern.
Not knowing what to expect from a public house dining experience, upon arrival it was already evident The Ship Tavern is a destination visited by regulars as well as those who are keen to explore hidden gems around London. Given that this establishment dates back to 1549, the moment the doors were opened we were transported into a different era, hidden away in a little alleyway called Gate Street helped heighten the effect. Ross Evans the owner of The Ship Tavern is the fourth in his generation and is handling this venue with utmost care and attention to detail. The warm atmosphere in the first floor oak room is adorned with the charm of antique oil paintings, trinkets and books. We were sat at a window booth that was intimate yet the ideal spot to observe the surroundings.
The service was excellent and we were looked after in a professional yet friendly manner. After we had made our selection, our Starters (Seared King Scallops & Rabbit and Sage Meatballs) arrived perfectly presented and just the right portion. The Scallops were perfect and the Meatballs were delicious. As a main a Beef Wellington was a must seeing that we were having a British dining experience as well as the Pan-Fried Sea Bass which was equally as tasty. A dessert we shared, a Downies Chocolate Brownie as the portions were so filling yet we couldn’t get enough of the tasty treats that came from the kitchen. The Shiraz was plentiful and accompanied the dishes perfectly.
The Ship Tavern’s setting will be the ideal location for a festive feast with their fantastic offering and value for money. Make sure to get a table next to the open fire to warm yourself for the frosty winter ahead. See Christmas Menu Here. This public house prides itself in their selection of over 50 gins from their extensive gin cabinet; pick from their wide variety of ‘Cask Marque’ accredited real ales or enjoy their comprehensive wine list (created with their friends at Bibendum) at the same time, merrily enjoy the rest of your night singing along to Christmas carols.
Flemings promotes this venue as an alternative to commercial businesses in order to give our readership the inside knowledge that will allow them to have an equally fantastic experience as we did.