• Roxii Hoare-Smith

All Aboard the Old Ship Hammersmith

Walking along the river Thames towards the Old Ship I passed ducks, swans and rowers in the river and it was unusually quiet. I suddenly felt like I wasn’t in London anymore.

Yet the Old Ship is a short walk from Hammersmith and Ravenscourt Park but located in a calm and tranquil location on the riverside. We passed a few other lovely pubs on our way and found a part of London that I’m keen to explore more.

The Old Ship is a Young’s pub that recently reopened following a huge transformation.The pub says that it is ‘focusing on the best things in life: cask-conditioned beers, indulgent brunch dishes, full-bodied wines and a seasonal dining menu’ which sounded like my ideal location so of course I had to pay a visit.

It is absolutely perfect for dining and drinking al fresco during the current heatwave with its front terrace and upstairs veranda. But inside the pub is cosy with a fireplace and snug marine themed areas, including a Captain’s Table, which makes the pub ideal for dinner and drinks whatever the weather.

There’s nautical themed decor throughout with riverside paintings, wooden boats hung on the walls and circular frames to replica ship windows.

The pub is renowned for serving good British grub so we tucked in, but not without ordering a bottle of wine of course. We opted for a Spanish white wine, Valdemoreda Viura (£21), a refreshing wine with peach and apple notes.

As expected, Old Ships’ menu offers a variety of fresh seafood dishes including Crab, Mussels, Tiger prawns.

My guest went for the mussels to start, a generous portion of served in a garlic and white wine sauce with bacon and tomatoes – a delicious and flavoursome dish.

I was drawn to one of the vegan starters, a beetroot pot topped with avocado. On first glance the dish looked quite boring but it was absolutely amazing! This culinary delight was packed with so much flavour and very filling. It was a wonderful surprise and was certainly a dish I would go back for. It proved that the Old Ship is less pub grub and more gastropub cuisine.

For the main course, my guest decided to try another fish dish and ordered the traditional fish and chips. This came served with a good helping of fish complete with chunky chips, tartare sauce, and mushy peas.

For my main course I went for the Old Ship burger with cheese, pickles, and ale onions served in a brioche bun. It was such a great dish, the burger had a wonderful flavour and was smothered in cheese which totally won me over. I was slightly jealous of my guest Katie’s chips though, I would have preferred the burger to come served with thick cut chips. We visited on a cooler, duller day so I was in desperate need of some comfort food which I think the Old Ship balances well. I was able to go for a healthier option fot my starter, but enjoy a nice hearty and meaty dish for my main.

With very full bellies but not wanting to leave the Old Ship without trying their desserts, we decided to order the lighter and seasonally appropriate dishes.

The Old Ships offers a range a ice cream flavours so there’s a good selection to choose from. Katie went for chocolate and pistachio.

I decided to order the lemon tart with cherry coulis, a tangy but refreshing dessert which I was really impressed by.

We had a really enjoyable night at the Old Ship, it’s ideal for those looking for a buzzy pub but want to escape city life, being located in a quieter part of town. Everything is very reasonably priced and all of the dishes we tried were very generously sized. The service was also fantastic, so friendly and so helpful.

The Old Ship benefits from lovely river views making it a very relaxing place to drink and dine. This also makes it ideal for those who want to come and watch the annual Oxford and Cambridge boat race, so I will be coming back for that.

Old Ship 25 Upper Mall Hammersmith London W6 9TD

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