The Old Ship London

The Old Ship London

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Pubs in London - Hackney
Sylvester Path, Hackney, London, E8 IEN

The Old Ship is the latest calling for Scott Wade, the chef that made the award-winning Docklands gastro-pub The Gun. A taste of pure Britannia, the menu centres on traditional favourites with fresh new twists. Located next to the lively Hackney Empire, The Old Ship heralds the return of the inn in a stylish, contemporary way. The addition of 10 boutique hotel rooms at affordable prices means you can dine and sleep in style in the heart of Hackney. The menu features seasonal British produce such as a succulent shoulder of mutton with spring vegetables and barley broth and fillet of organic salmon from ClareIsland dressed with savoy cabbage, dill seed cream and bergamot oil.
Tags: boutique hotel, gastropub, trendy

The Old Ship London Reviews

wreckage in need of salvaging - I recently moved to Hackney, just down the road from the old ship. Initially I was quite excited to find a decent boozer, the staff were friendly and there were decent ales on the handpumps.
HOWEVER...the first time I went in I was told that I couldn't sit in one half of the bar because it was reserved for diners, fair enough, apart ftom the fact there's virtually no furniture in the other half of the bar!
I was then told that the kitchen was closed for a few days because of menu development???!! I have to say that the management need to be a lot more on the ball and organise some sort of food offer when you have that sort of transition. Additionally to that point, what were the htoel guests eating?
This is a nice bar and the bar staff are friendly and efficient but I have been back to this place a few times and am disappointed every time I go in there, I'll probably go back because of the staff and i'll probably be disappointed again but I want this pub to be better because it's so close to where I live.  
Tags: drink & food

Rating  1

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I miss the Old Old Ship - I wanted to wait until the renovation was complete before I wrote a review of this once beloved dive bar.

The Old Old Ship was a very scary pub with wood shavings on the floor and about 2.5 people max in it at all times. I used to go here on a Saturday with the paper and get drunk on my own which was perfectly acceptable and even encouraged in the Old Old Ship environment.

It's all changed now. The New Old Ship is trendy. Very trendy. It has lotion in the bathrooms, next to the fragrant soap. It has chandeliers. It has Soave wine.

It's slightly bizarre to sit in the New Old Ship; it's trendy and elegant and smack in the middle of Hackney sandwiched between two small ciggy/booze shops. But if your parents are in town and you want to impress them, then the New Old Ship is probably ideal, they serve dinner and describe themselves as a "boutique hotel". Can't imagine what the guests think of the noise when Ocean gets out at 4:00 am, but none the less the rooms are probably very nice.

The point is, for all intensive purposes the New Old Ship is pretty great, and a good step forward for Hackney.

But now I've got nowhere to get drunk by myself on a saturday afternoon. This is probably how tramps end up passed out in Victoria Park.  
Tags: boutique hotel, trendy

Rating  4

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Pretty Good, but Mind your head - It looks like the Old Ship has gotten a face life recently, but the place isn't really the worse for wear because of it. Lots of plush leather couches and low tables fill a loungish bar area, and then another room full of tables seats diners for meals. There's a rather peculiar long hallway entrance to the pub, although there's also a back entrance that provides the smokers a refuge nearer the bar.

The options at the bar are pretty standard, but they included my lowest common denominator brew, San Miguel. We also later somehow ended up taking shots of some fernet-esque drink. Foul, foul stuff. Still, the venue was satisfying and our seats were comfy. The crowd was nice enough, and we were able to make friends easily - we even got one of them to do a shot of that paint thinner substitute with us.

We tasted several of the bar snacks, and the ribs would probably have to be the pick of the litter. Didn't get a chance to take a glimpse at the dinner menu, but there were a couple groups of people sitting down to a meal. All in all, a fine pub. Just watch out for attacking chandeliers! I got brained by one of them when I was standing up..  

Rating  4

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