The Ship Tavern – 4 Curtains

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Ship Tavern

Just around the corner from Holborn station lays this rather small pub.  It is situated where several alleys meet. The name would suggest a maritime pub, but is a lie. There is not so much maritime about this pub.

The place is refurbished and there are nice booths in leather and oak. The ceiling has some original details, and there is nice leaded glass in the windows.

There has been a Tavern there since 1549. At that time it was far out in the country side!  When Henry VIII ruled, the catholic had illegal mass here, and the minister talked from behind the bar. If the police came, there were “hidey-holes” for him. Some that still exists. Some ministers were found and executed on the place.

The atmosphere is much better today. No executions when we were there. The service is friendly and good.  You can find their homepage here:

Today’s Beer Quote:

“No soldier can fight unless he is properly fed on beef and beer.”
-John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough

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