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The Ship & Shovell, WC2

1-3 Craven Passage
WC2
WC2N 5PH
Phone: 02078391311
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Tris C left this review about The Ship & Shovell

Closed on Sundays and grade II-listed, this is famous for being a pub of two halves, because when it comes to halves, it has been determined that ‘two’ is the optimum number. However, the second half, which opens selectively, is actually a modern shop conversion dating from just 1999, but who really cares?
It’s pretty and ornate inside, with dark wood panelling featuring integrated cut glass mirrors and linenfold-style panelling to one quarter height. Barring the modern floor, it’s otherwise a rather traditional affair, décor comprising framed pictures, with brass picture lamps; furniture is standard, nicely rustic and electronic entertainments seemed absent.
The staff were friendly, stewarded by an old-school landlady, custodian of three H & W ales: Fursty Ferret, Badger and Tanglefoot at £2.70 a half and fine I suppose, but I was never going to go weak at the knees over their beers.
This is a charming little place, where tourists are kept out by the forcefield that is the awful Sherlock Holmes, encountered on approach to this pub.

On 2nd November 2021 - rating: 7
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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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This pub features in the following crawls:
Thames Clipper Pub Crawl by Andy Ven
WC1 & 2 Good Beer Guide pubs by Roy Collins
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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
31st Jan 2022, 14:20
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31st Jan 2022, 14:20
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Moby Duck
  • Darts : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Hall & Woodhouse. - last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Cider : No last updated 02 November 2021 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 27 October 2018 by hondo .
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