The Old Ship Pub

Folks it’s Friday! I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to this week, but that’s normal for me. And I’ll never complain when Friday arrives. For the next two days, I’m free! Enough about me, let’s get down to the important stuff. This week I’m reviewing The Old Ship pub in Richmond, London. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago we attended a Lady Gaga concert. Before going to the concert, we stopped at this pub for a drink.

This pub has been in operation since 1735. Stage coaches used to stop outside several times a day. While sitting in the pub, I tried to picture passengers from bygone days stopping here for a drink. I have to wonder if they would be surprised that the pub is still operating.

The staff was friendly and even gave us directions to Twickenham, where Gaga was performing. We didn’t order any food, however, we tried two new beers. The better half enjoyed a pint of Marshmellow, made by Oxfordshire Ales and I sampled Young’s London Gold. Young’s released Gold for the Olympics and according to the bartender it has been a hit with patrons. I know I liked it.

During our time at the pub, we noticed that they had some board games. We played Guess Who. Overall I enjoyed the feel of this pub. It isn’t near our home so we won’t be stopping by on a regular basis. Yet, if we find ourselves in Richmond again, I would like to go back. I give the pub 4 out of 5 stars.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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23 Responses to The Old Ship Pub

  1. Sartenada says:

    Must be awesome place! To me Friday is fine day, because then I publish a new post.

    Happy Friday!

  2. Beth Ann says:

    Looks like a fun pub!!! Board games? Who would have thunk ??? 🙂

  3. aFrankAngle says:

    Cheers! You would have loved the one a friend and I had lunch in on Wednesday. Had a wonderful beer made in Kentucky Bourbon barrels.

  4. 1735! Amazing. I’ve seen several restaurants close in just four years over here.

    • TBM says:

      It’s crazy isn’t it. Everything is so much older here and many pubs have stayed in business. But that doesn’t mean that all of them have lasted, which is a shame.

  5. Caroline says:

    4 out of 5 is a decent result. I must admit I like the outsode better than the inside but that’s juts from the photo and after all, you go for the beer, right?

    • TBM says:

      That’s a good question. The beer or cider is essential to my visits. But I think I go more for the feel and history. Pubs are such a part of the culture here and I love that aspect. And the people are usually nice.

  6. Patricia says:

    You are the lucky one to visit such cool little pubs.

  7. Love love love old pubs!

  8. zelmare says:

    How quaint! And I like the sound of the Marshmellow beer. We’ve just bought some Italian beer to try – I’m quite curious as to the taste.

  9. bocafrau says:

    I would love to stop by a little, cozy pub and sit for a spell! 🙂

  10. Fergiemoto says:

    A refreshing drink from a local pub. Sounds like a great way to start the weekend!

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