Nestled in a tiny alleyway hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Holburn you will find the treasure that is The Ship Tavern.
Here we were greated by mahogany panelled walls, antique artwork and dim candlelight which made for a very welcoming atmosphere.
The waiter kindly bought over a glass of wine whist my husband and I looked over the vast menu.
I opted for the soft shell crab fritter with crab salad, caviar and chilli oil. My husband went for his favourite option of calamari which came with a spring onion mayonnaise.
My crab was presented beautifully and once I cracked through the fritter itself I had a wonderful surprise to discover the caviar and crab salad hidden beneath.
For mains I had the Banbury duck breast with confit of duck leg faggot, Anna potatoes, buttered spring cabbage, caramelised plum and red wine jus. My husband went down the more traditional route of steak and hand cut chips which were served with roasted vine tomatoes.
A steak and chip option is always a winner and when cooked well can be a simple yet splendid meal.
The steak was beautifully tender and the crispy chips were a great accompaniment.
Due to my husband being a nut allergy sufferer desert was a no no for him which is not unusual but I went ahead and ordered the petit fours.
The different textures and flavours all worked really well together and more than satisfied my extremely sweet tooth!
If you are looking for sofisticated pub food with generous portions in a beautiful, historic setting than look no further than this stunning restaurant.
We went along to The Ship Tavern for the purpose of this review and they are all my own honest opinions.