Happy Birthday to The Ship Wandsworth:
Sometime the worst of starts have the best of ends. We were invited to celebrate the 184th birthday of The Ship in Wandsworth; a pub that we had both frequented in the 1990s. However, on arrival our names weren’t on the list and the 2 security guards for the event were a bit perplexed, but eventually let us in. We met the same confusion inside, and were debating leaving, until one of the team recognised us. It wasn’t a good start to the evening.
We both have fond memories of the Young’s drays coming through South London, and were both sad at the end of the horse-drawn days and the relocation of the brewery from the heart of Wandsworth some years back. But it is great to know that the brewery is still going, and in fact modernising its pubs. Please see Alex’s review of the Bull here.
The Ship had enlarged its outside area since our last visits, and now has cabins – perfect for groups of up to eight. These are free to book, but have a minimum spend requirement on Thursday and Friday nights of £200. Like the Bull, the Ship has a selection of excellent burgers.
Slightly oddly, we weren’t asked to try any of the Young’s products, instead we were offered Estrella, Heineken or a Sambrook’s Powerhouse Porter. My partner loved the Sambrook’s, and we were privileged to meet Duncan Sambrook the founder. He invited us to taste his Wandle Ale, named after the local Thames tributary the River Wandle. This was more to my taste and was a great accompaniment to the burgers. The beer that I really enjoyed was the Hiver beer, also made in south London using honey to produce a lovely crisp dry beer. It was also great to see that women are making their mark in a once male dominated industry.
On our way out, the apologetic bouncers became our new best friends and insisted on having their photo taken with my partner (although they did comment that he was too tall for their liking!). It made us feel slightly better that the Chairman of Young’s also hadn’t been “on the list”!
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