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One of the joys of the City of London is discovering its hidden treasures in its numerous alleyways and courtyards, and the Ship is one of those treasures.
This charming little pub is in Talbot Court, a short alley less than a hundred yards from Wren's Monument. Built on a curve the red fronted pub has a small ground floor bar with mainly standing room and a few stools. It has a solid oak floor and a good deal of carving and timber detail, particularly the curved bar counter. This is matched by the unusual curved plate glass window.
The pretty upstairs lounge bar is less well detailed but is cosy and comfortable, and has as many dining tables as can be reasonably accommodated. Most of the pub's clientele are from the surrounding offices and the busy times are predictably frenetic. There's a good selection of real ales and a simple and sensibly priced lunchtime menu.
This essentially Victorian pub stands in the courtyard of a former coaching inn, the Talbot, which was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The Monument marks the place where the fire started, so the Talbot would have been one of the inferno's first victims. The Ship -
Went to this pub on a Friday evening and it was rather packed. I ordered a pint of Doombar and a pint of Tribute along with a white wine for the lady, the subtotal of said beverages wasn't too extortionate as you'd expect in a few other London pubs, modern day wine bars and the like. The bar staff were friendly and prompt with serving given the amount of custom within the pub. The exterior is equally traditional as the interior. On the whole our visit here was enjoyable thus setting us up for another visit sometime soon.