Tonight I experienced The Ship Tavern in Holborn and can safely say it’s a front runner for best pub grub I’ve ever had. They call themselves Holborn’s best kept secret and I definitely agree. I’m not sure why they needed to invite me along because they’re certainly not short of customers but they did and I am very grateful. Very, very grateful.
I started with a Bloody Mary and was over the moon the see it came with a big fat pickle on top. Huge tick there. For my first course I had the Seared King Scallops with sea trout gravalax, garden pea purée & lemon which was absolutely divine. The flavours were delicate and the ingredients were fresh and delicious. For main course I couldn’t resist the Beef Wellington with truffle mash, curly kale and red wine jus. Every single thing about that sentence makes my mouth water and the food did not let me down. The beef was pink and juicy, the pastry was perfectly flaky, the patê was rich and creamy and the mushrooms were chunky and delicious. Truffle mash is the daddy of all mash in my eyes and kale with anything wins every single time. I’m actually getting emotional that I don’t have the plate of food in front of me right now. Sob.
My dinner guest and all round favourite person ever, Hannah Twist had the Crumbed & Deep Fried Brie with rocket leaves & cranberry sauce to start and the Caramelised French Onion & Goat’s Cheese Tart with grilled summer berries,
balsamic glaze & mixed leaves for main. A double cheese feast that surpassed all her wildest dreams. And mine – I obviously encouraged her choices so I could try both dishes.
For dessert we shared the dessert of ALL desserts. Peanut Butter & Jelly cheescake with Oreo cookie base. I know, I know – WHAT THE EFF. I’m not even going to tell you about this naughty little treat, you have to go and try it yourself. You’ll thank me for it.
Menu, ambiance, service, setting and obviously the food all get a 10/10. Don’t underestimate Londons pubs guys, you’ll regret it.