The Ship & Shovell
The Ship & Shovell is a truly unique venue. Dating back to the 1730s, this traditional pub is split into two halves and connected by a tunnel that travels underneath Craven Passage. Inside, the cosy space is traditionally decorated and boasts a relaxed, jovial atmosphere.
We approached the bar and were delighted to find a huge variety of drinks including lager, cider, wine and spirits – the selection of local and regional gins was especially impressive. The bartender recommended Hall & Woodhouse’s own Badger Best beer, which is brewed in Dorset, and both my partner and I enjoyed its refreshing flavour.
Having taken a seat, we perused the food menu. Small plates like spicy meatballs and salt and pepper squid were almost irresistible, but in the end we opted to share a plate of hot wings, which came with a flavoursome blue cheese dip. For my main, I decided on the pork and herb bangers and mash. The potatoes were beautifully buttery, complemented perfectly by the rich gravy. My companion sampled the vegetarian macaroni cheese, which was deliciously gooey and came with homemade garlic bread. The Ship & Shovell offers a classic British pub experience in an interesting and charming setting; it’s a must-visit for locals and tourists alike.