What a perfect spot.
I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get across the river and really get treated well!
The staff, every single one of them it seems, are really genuine and helpful. I had a chat with them about reserving a table on a Sunday (they don’t do it as a rule) however they bent the rules when they heard that we were intending to be a big party. Very accommodating.
The area around this place is run down and kind of strange to be honest, I think it only helps The Ship to shine. They have a great outdoor BBQ area, a more formal interior dining area (with another menu) and great chunky wooden tables scattered about.
The glass frontage is perfect for a sun trap, in the right weather so is their outdoor area!
Can’t rate this place enough, it’s a real gem of the old fashioned hospitality variety. Not too much polish but plenty of sparkle.
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So I saw The Ship Inn in the summer and figured I knew the place. Wrong!
Last nights dinner showed me that it isn’t all sunshine and BBQ’s. It was calm and cosy, roaring fire, plenty of space. The same attentive staff, but this time they have had a mini refurb. Better toilets is always a bonus, but more than that they have a new head chef.
From the amazing meal I had I think he’s head of the London chefs!
Well presented lamb falling off the bone, caviar deep fried on aubergine paste, slivers of duck, cherry glass shards… al details address right down the the rock salted butter for the crusty baguette.
The Ship is paying attention, they offer discounts to their twitter followers (@ShipWandsworth) and change their menu daily- the ‘specials board’ is the traditional, a burger, a pie etc, the menu is sophisticated and balanced.
With a private dining room (for 12 or more) a huge restaurant, and for those a bit braver in the surprising sunshine there is smoking and non smoking outdoor areas.
Add to this a live band every Sunday with dancing on the table allowed, and a quieter Tuesday night Irish band… your hard pressed not to come to this destination pub and stay till the wee hours.
Check out my review of The Ship Inn – I am rachelle_thompson – on Qype