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The Ship & Shovell, WC2

1-3 Craven Passage
Phone: 02078391311
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hondo . left this review about The Ship & Shovell

Hall and woodhouse pub that is split in two by the passageway. Nice U shaped bar and gantry

On 27th October 2018 - no rating submitted
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Ship & Shovell

Although not a great fan of Hall & Woodhouse beer, this unusual smallish pub hidden in a passage almost underneath Charing Cross station is one of the best in the area. Very busy in the early evening, but it also has its famous separate (marginally quieter) bar on the opposite side of the alleyway. The main bar comprises two rooms, the larger of which is attractively decorated and extended by a further small seating area at the back, whilst the former public bar area at the front is plainer and more-or-less standing only. Usually has four real ales from a large number of handpumps scattered around the three bar counters, with Tanglefoot, First Call, the seasonal Ruby Rustler (£4.10) and 'Sussex' available on this visit.

On 16th January 2016 - rating: 8
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E TA left this review about The Ship & Shovell

Well described by others, this wonderful subterranean pub is full of character and one of the better pubs in the area. Hall and Woodhouse are still in charge, and three of the four ales on draft are from that Brewery. I had the fourth, the guest beer, which was K&B's Sussex Bitter. The beer was in excellent condition and surprisingly cheap for London. It's a great place to drop into after a London meeting, and I'd happily include it in a crawl.

On 18th September 2014 - rating: 7
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This pub features in the following crawls:
Thames Clipper Pub Crawl by Andy Ven
WC1 & 2 Good Beer Guide pubs by Roy Collins
Circle line Clockwise by Nick Davies
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Graham Coombs
London Charing Cross, 0.1 miles, 1 min walk (show)
London Waterloo, 0.86 miles, 16 min walk (show)
London Blackfriars, 1.67 miles, 32 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Ship & Shovell, WC2
27th Oct 2018, 17:56
Review submitted by hondo .
24th Feb 2018, 08:59
Request to add pub to area Embankment by Tris C approved

Pub Details

Pub details supplied by members of this site to the best of their knowledge. Please check with pub directly before making a special trip.

  • Beer Garden : No last updated 29 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 July 2013 by moby duck
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 October 2018 by hondo .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 27 October 2018 by hondo .
Opening Hours
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - 11pm
Saturday11am - 11pm
Hours according to Facebook page, please check before making a special visit
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