Ship, RM2 5EL

Good Beer Guide pub in Gidea Park.

It has several different areas inside. The small front bar has a couple of seats, but its main furniture provision is two large barrels for resting your drink on. A huge fireplace adds interest. There's also a snug off to one side, two larger rooms further in, and a patio beer garden out the back.

Ceilings are low, with exposed beams. The large room which leads onto the beer garden has a fireplace set into an exposed-brick wall, wood panelling at the back, and two leaded bay windows looking out onto the street. Flatscreens here and there seem somewhat incongruous in this context.

Kake visited on a Saturday afternoon in September 2016. There were quite a few people in when I arrived around 3pm, though still several free tables. Retro pop music was playing, not too loud. Service was welcoming and helpful.

There were four real ales on, including Robinsons Dizzy Blonde (£1.75/half). I was offered a taster without having to ask.

According to a sign outside in September 2016, food is served noon-8pm Mon-Fri, noon-4pm Sat, and noon-5pm Sun (photos of menu: 1, 2, 3).

In September 2016, Kake's beef kofte (£5.10 for a starter portion) photo weren't great; the texture wasn't bad, with just enough chew to be interesting, but they were very underseasoned and rather dry. They'd also leaked quite a lot of liquid onto the plate. The accompanying tzatziki was nicely creamy, though, and the cucumber in it tasted fresh.

They have free WiFi, with the network details and password on a sign on the wall by the bar. According to the 2017 Good Beer Guide, there's a quiz night on Thursdays and live music on Saturdays.

Kake's verdict: Although the food was disappointing, I liked it here and would come back.

Dog-friendliness: According to their website as of September 2016, they're dog friendly.

Child-friendliness: There's a pull-down nappy change table in one of the ladies' cubicles (gents' not checked).

Accessibility: No steps to get in, but access is fairly narrow. There's a step to the ladies' toilet (gents' not checked).

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Last visited by Kake, September 2016. Opening hours taken from the Ship website, September 2016.
OS X co-ord: 552581 OS Y co-ord: 189853 (Latitude: 51.586877 Longitude: 0.2010227)
Last edited 2016-09-18 16:06:55 (version 1)