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The Ship (Nicholson's (Mitchells & Butlers))

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Portobello - Black London StoutExcellent1
Orkney (Sinclair) - Wayfarer IPA (Atlas range)Excellent1
Inveralmond - MBU (Made By Us)Good1
Liberation (was called Jersey) - India Pale Ale (IPA)Good1
Moor - AmoorGood1
Harviestoun - AfterglowAcceptable1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
Inveralmond - Lia FailNot Tried0
Triple fff - Project Venus - Venus BlackNot Tried0
Milestone - Loxley AleNot Tried0
Wickwar - BOB (Brand Oak Bitter)Not Tried0
Otley - O12 Thai-BoNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Pale RiderNot Tried0
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - SunchaserNot Tried0
Adnams - ExplorerNot Tried0
Ilkley - Mary JaneNot Tried0
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale AleNot Tried0
Hop Back - Summer LightningNot Tried0
Kelburn - Pivo EstivoNot Tried0
Harviestoun - Old Engine OilNot Tried0
Sunny Republic - Shark HeadNot Tried0
Harviestoun - Bitter & TwistedNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Lavender Hill (originally exclusively for Nicholson's)Not Tried0
Truman's - RunnerNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Marston's - PedigreeNot Tried0
Maxim - Lambton's CaskNot Tried0
Marston's - Pedigree New World Pale AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Ship, City, Central London
Picture 2. The Ship, City, Central London

Visits Details

20 Jul 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Relatively quiet in the mid-evening. The televised golf had finished and I was not the only customer enjoying watching the University Challenge that followed for about twenty minutes. Then a staff member realised how terminally uncool the situation had become, muted the sound and whacked on some bland pop music.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Harviestoun - Afterglow3.00AcceptableA golden beer with harshly bitter, hop-juice tastes but little in the way of backbone. Doesn’t challenge Redemption Trinity or Tap East Tonic in the 3% stakes.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Maxim - Lambton's Cask3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Truman's - Runner4.00Not Tried
Marston's - Pedigree New World Pale Ale3.80Not Tried
18 Aug 2014 (Stephen Harris)
My 1973 pub guide that I am carrying tonight lauds the “intimate atmosphere, the serpentine bar counter and the excellent twisted stair” at this pub. All three features have survived a recent closure for refurbishment.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Portobello - Black London Stout4.10ExcellentA pretty decent Stout, with roasted barley and a bit of fruit.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Harviestoun - Bitter & Twisted3.80Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Sambrook's - Lavender Hill (originally exclusively for Nicholson's)4.50Not Tried
Truman's - Runner4.00Not Tried
02 Sep 2013 (Stephen Harris)
The first of two Ships visited tonight, and I also walk past a now-closed pub that too was the Ship. Anybody might think that London was once a great maritime city.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Liberation (was called Jersey) - India Pale Ale (IPA)5.20GoodAmber-coloured. Mellow, smooth and hoppy.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Kelburn - Pivo Estivo3.90Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
Harviestoun - Old Engine Oil4.50Not Tried
Sunny Republic - Shark Head4.40Not Tried
18 Jul 2012 (Stephen Harris)
Uncomfortably crowded in here at 6pm.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Inveralmond - MBU (Made By Us)4.50GoodRich, smooth, chestnut-coloured bitter with rye and roasted barley in the mash.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Kelham Island - Pale Rider5.20Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Sunchaser4.00Not Tried
Adnams - Explorer4.30Not Tried
Ilkley - Mary Jane3.50Not Tried
St Austell - Nicholson's Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
29 Mar 2012 (Andrew)
Swift visit. Lots of suited city gents chatting about city stuff.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Moor - Amoor4.50GoodDark, soft, roasted, hint of tar. Nice. Reminded me of the 1990's
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Milestone - Loxley Ale4.20Not Tried
Wickwar - BOB (Brand Oak Bitter)4.00Not Tried
Otley - O12 Thai-Bo4.60Not Tried
12 Jan 2012 (Stephen Harris)
The first stop on a City pubcrawl of (mostly) Nicholson's houses. It is very busy here and many are standing outside on a mild evening.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Orkney (Sinclair) - Wayfarer IPA (Atlas range)4.40ExcellentAlthough all sources I've consulted give the strength of this beer as 4.4%, I wrote down 5.0%, which is what I thought I saw on the pumpclip. A golden-coloured, sweetish but also sharply hoppy beer with a thick mouthfeel.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Inveralmond - Lia Fail4.70Not Tried
Triple fff - Project Venus - Venus Black5.00Not Tried

About The Ship

The pub sign. The Ship, City, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent2
Good3
Acceptable1
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in City, Central London, EC3V 0BP.

This is a small pub, tucked away up an alleyway close to Monument station. Once a Barclay Perkins Brewery house, it is now part of the Nicholson's chain and shares that chain's good reputation for real ale. Has an upstairs bar and customers also invariably spill out into the courtyard at the front.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 30 different beers and tried 6 of them.

Map location

Postcode: EC3V 0BP