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The Ship, Fenchurch Street, EC3

3 Hart Street
Phone: 02077024422

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Tris C left this review about The Ship

The Ship dates from the end of the 18th century, rebuilt with a very ornate polychromatic façade in 1887 and grade II listed.
The interior is really rather small and simple: a small bar to the right, then it’s bare boarded, wallpaper is either patterned or otherwise suitably battleship grey paint. There are some seemingly old truss beams to the ceiling, adorned with sailors’ caps, then there are other nautical themed items, such as a lifebuoy with a Titanic logo. Furniture is traditional and customers seemed to be City types, but civilised for once; an adult orientated rock soundtrack completed the picture.
A not bad ale choice here, with Pride, Tribute, Landlord and Hophead at £2.50 a half, good and served by a friendly barmaid.
This is not a bad place by any stretch and is certainly up there with the best in the City, a place where I could happily spend an evening.

On 28th April 2022 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about The Ship

Nice old facade and traditional style interior (ties and carpets mentioned below are no more). 4 real ales and food served.

On 24th November 2016 - no rating submitted
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Ship

Compact pub behind a fancy narrow façade with extra seating upstairs on the Upper Deck (not visited). Limited seating with some high tables in the bar area and traditional furniture and decor. Four real ales on handpump: Tribute plus three Rugby World Cup seasonals - Black Sheep Blind Side, Wells Try Time and Brain's Number 8 (£3.95).

On 11th October 2015 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Ship

Situated close to Fenchurch Street station, this is a compact little pub offering something a bit more traditional compared to all the flash modern bars that seem to blight this part of town. The carpeted, single room interior has a pleasing red, white and black colour scheme and a limited amount of seating with four or five tables and a couple of drinking shelves, although to be fair, there were signs pointing out an upstairs seating area, which I didn't get round to exploring. Decor is fairly limited, with a few photo collages here and there and the nautically themed picture, although there is a rather surprising collection of ties hanging from a couple of the dark wood beams near the bar counter, seemingly collected as part of some sort of charity fundraiser. The room was also decorated with some pirate bunting for no apparent reason other than perhaps the vague link to the pub's name. As previous reviewers have mentioned, the descent to the toilets via a frighteningly steep spiral staircase is something of a challenge at the best of times.
The four beers available on my visit were Deuchars IPA, Sharp's Doom Bar, Caledonian Trick or Treat and Theakston Lightfoot (£3.50). I tried the latter which was in pretty decent shape and served by a friendly enough barmaid. A blackboard opposite the bar lists some classic pub grub options for anyone wanting a bite to eat.
This is a nice little pub with enough going for it to make it worth a return visit and I can't think of too many better pubs in this part of town.

On 14th November 2011 - rating: 7
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Danny O'Revey left this review about The Ship

Small ale house, raised square tables inside, ship beams & a large number of ties hanging from the ceiling and, mid afternoon, every single person inside (except me!) was in a suit, which was a strange effect when you walk in off the street.


On 13th November 2011 - rating: 6
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Ship

A very ornate exterior hides a fairly plain smallish one bar interior.
But this is one of the better establishments close to Fenchurch Street Station, and it is good to see it surviving, squeezed as it is between modern glass office block developments.
Very friendly service and usually very well kept ales. Generally four real ales on with Doombar as the house ale then a changing range of guests.
Butcombe Gold was one of these during my last visit, and this was an excellent pint.
Has a steep spiral staircase down to the Gents, which can become a bit of a Krypton factor challenge after a couple of Pints.

On 27th September 2009 - rating: 8
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James London left this review about The Ship

Nice tiny little Pub, so it always seems busy. Friendly staff, good ale, nice Pub Grub. The toilets however aren’t exactly clean and the staircase is a death trap.

On 6th August 2009 - rating: 8
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