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Old Ship (Urban Pubs & Bars)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
RedWillow - MirthlessExcellent1
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman Fresh Green HopGood1
Froth Blowers - Gollop with ZestGood1
Truman's - RunnerGood1
West Berkshire - Mister Swift's Pale AleAcceptable1
Otter - BitterUndrinkable1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London PrideNot Tried0
Jennings - Cumberland AleNot Tried0
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)Not Tried0
Windsor & Eton - Windsor KnotNot Tried0
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale AleNot Tried0
Old Dairy - Red TopNot Tried0
East London (ELB) - CowcatcherNot Tried0
Hammerton - N1Not Tried0
Signature Brew - Session N.Z. hopped bitter (Pacifica)Not Tried0
Truman's - Pacific Pale AleNot Tried0
Reunion - MonroeNot Tried0
Signature Brew - Extra Pale Ale (E.P.)Not Tried0
Picture 1. Old Ship, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. Old Ship, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

07 Sep 2017 (Stephen Harris)
We move here from the Cock Tavern as my mate Dave is fed up drinking cider and wants some “proper Bitter”. He’s not best pleased to find all three cask ales in here are pale, and orders a glass of wine. It is busy in here.
Froth Blowers - Gollop with Zest4.50GoodA middle-of-the–road Golden Ale.
Reunion - Monroe3.60Not Tried
Signature Brew - Extra Pale Ale (E.P.)3.50Not Tried
02 May 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Lunchtime visit, two other customers sooner joined by more. IMO this place has a continental feel to it which I liked.
Windsor & Eton - Guardsman Fresh Green Hop4.20GoodHazy condition didn't deter from the flavour though not as hoppy as expected.
East London (ELB) - Cowcatcher4.80Not Tried
Signature Brew - Session N.Z. hopped bitter (Pacifica)4.00Not Tried
Truman's - Pacific Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
09 Mar 2017 (ChrisE)
Lunchtime visit, I have been here before but had failed to notice what is apparently the front entrance.
Truman's - Runner4.00Good
Old Dairy - Red Top3.80Not Tried
Windsor & Eton - Windsor Knot4.00Not Tried
East London (ELB) - Cowcatcher4.80Not Tried
Hammerton - N14.10Not Tried
26 Oct 2016 (Stephen Harris)
I’ve been asked to again contribute a Hackney pub crawl article for the Pig’s Ear Beer Festival programme and am doing some last-minute research. Pleasant and quite busy in here.
West Berkshire - Mister Swift's Pale Ale4.00AcceptableA golden beer that is very malt-oriented with little discernible hop content.
Sambrook's - Pumphouse Pale Ale4.20Not Tried
Truman's - Runner4.00Not Tried
12 Sep 2014 (Stephen Harris)
This pub changed hands some months ago and I had heard that it was now featuring more in the way of locally-brewed beer (although I settle for an import). Quite quiet in the mid-evening, but a much more successful visit than the last time I was here.
RedWillow - Mirthless3.90ExcellentA tasty, hoppy, golden ale. Nelson Sauvin hop gives a citrusy, almost tart finish.
Windsor & Eton - Windsor Knot4.00Not Tried
Truman's - Runner4.00Not Tried
29 Aug 2012 (Stephen Harris)
It’s quite a few years since I last ventured in here. I wish I hadn’t bothered.
Otter - Bitter3.60UndrinkableBasically this was a pint of vinegar. Complete incomprehension behind the bar when I tried to explain the problem – so I’m afraid that I walked out.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - London Pride4.10Not Tried
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
Sharp's - Coaster (or Cornish Coaster)3.60Not Tried

About the Old Ship

The pub sign. Old Ship, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Hackney, Greater London, E8 1EN.

The Old Ship was present in Hackney by the early nineteenth century and was rebuilt in its present form in 1877. Usually entered via the long corridor from Mare Street, alongside the Hackney Empire, few ever notice the appealing Victorian frontage onto Sylvester Path. A Courage pub in its day; two tiled plaques remain to remind us of its former ownership. Hotel rooms available. The bar has been considerably smartened and offers a choice of comfy sofas or restaurant tables. Also a few pavement tables at the rear.

We have visited this pub 6 times, seen 18 different beers and tried 6 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E8 1EN