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The Ship Inn

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The Ship InnThe Ship Inn
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 90
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

61 Bridge St.
Milford, New Jersey, 08848
United States
phone: (908) 995-0188

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Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
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3.56/5  rDev -11.7%

Finally made it here, after researching this place a while back. Looks awesome from the outside, a good example of the historic type architecture in Frenchtown. Allegedly the oldest brewpub in NJ since 1995 which is pretty cool too. Stepping inside, its decked out with nautical décor. Kind of dim, with plenty of wood and kitchy ship stuff. They had 5 of their own beers on tap, and I got the sampler. The 5 pour sampler was only $5.95, however their beers are all pretty nondescript. They are decent beers, and great for drinking. The waitress was super friendly and attentive. The food took a long time to come out but it was pretty tasty. They offer a nice menu for pub food with many English/British selections. I'd definitely go back here.

BeerForMuscle, Oct 05, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +5%

Hidden away along the banks of the Delaware River in bucolic Milford, New Jersey, one will find a little bit of England at the Ship Inn. Located in a quaint Victorian gingerbread house, the Ship offers patrons British pub welcome that includes hearty fare and British ales, both being produced on the premises.

Adorned with maritime décor, the interior is intimate and convivial; there is a small worn bar opposite a row of bright window-side booths overlooking a small stream. There is a riser between the sections.

The beer, while not exactly overwhelming, is fresh and well crafted and representative of anything one would find in England. During my recent visit – with friends – there were five beers on tap, along something on cask. What really stands out here is the authentic British cuisine (no, this is not oxymoronic) such as cheese and onion pie, Cornish pastry and Scottish Eggs, the latter being a boiled egg wrapped in a sausage and baked inside a puffy pastry. This is usually ordered as an appetizer.

The Ship Inn is a bit of a drive, but most surely easier to reach than England.

jjboesen, Jul 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

This review is long over due as I've been going to The Ship Inn for better than 15 years. Since it is almost an hour drive, there must be a good reason.

They have a solid line up of British style house brewed beers, usually about 5 on tap, along with a selection of bottled imports. If you're looking for a super hoppy IPA or a sour or something aged in whiskey casks or with habenero added, your not going to find it here. They just brew beer that tastes like beer. Most are fairly low in alcohol which is a plus with an hour ride back home.

The staff has always been friendly; even though I only get up there 4 or 5 times a year, a couple of the waitresses and Tim, the owner, recognize me on sight and make a point to say hi.

The food has always been good, especially the Shepherds Pie, the Cheese and Onion Pie and the Tiddie Oggie. Surprisingly, their wings are fantastic. The burgers are very good as well. Most of their beef, produce and cheese is locally sourced, and the quality is evident.

I'll sum it up this way--I've had better beer, better service, better prices and all closer to home, but I always look forward to the next chance I get for a "Ship Trip"

zekeman17, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Dropped in on Father's Day of 2011, with girl friend and her father. Its just off the Delaware River in a small one horse town called Milford. Nice old tin ceilings, had a feel of an old sailors bar, nice dark wood colors with friendly staff. They brew their own beers so we had a flight of 6. We all enjoyed the Celebration, a mix of porter and amber ale. I especially enjoyed the Mud Brown Ale which reminded me of another brown ale I had from Mass. All the beers are of English tradition, very low carbonation and all about the taste. Tim, the brewer/owner gave us a tour of his brewery. All in all, we had a great time with the beers, the foods and chat with the staff.
I recommend this place if you are in the area or looking for a nice drive in Western Jersey.

WutAlesyou, Jun 27, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -16.9%

After a beautiful first of spring day at Ringing Rocks. My wife and I needed some grub. When we first came in we were in AWW of the place. The old wooden tables with a bunch of nails in the tabletop made it feel ancient. We sat right by the door I have to say does get a little aggravating when people hover over you and your food not too mention drink. As I walked to bathroom in the back I seen the mash tuns and I most say pretty cool looking in through the glass. Especially the tun that was surrounded in brick nicely done. The service was good but we did have to wait quite a while for our food. As for the beers they were decent nothing earth shattering and nothing really bad just all around decent beer and food. A bit pricey for both food and beer but I will say the Fries are absolutely amazing. Probably the best I've had at a brewpub. All and all a decent expierence and if you like craft brew probably a good stop if your in the area.

TheFightfan1, Mar 21, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

Note: I have upped the Service and Vibe review; Tim the owner was kind enough to write me personally regarding my review of the Bitter and the issues I had with it. Top-notch service.

An antique building in Milford New Jersey with British Pub nautical decor. I've been here in the dead of the afternoon (such as today) and also on busy Saturday nights. it is a fun pub atmosphere, loud at times and a bit cramped even in the dining room sitting.

The beer is always average to very good. Their bitters are sometimes cask conditioned and hand pumped. The beer itself today was good but I gave a reduced mark as there was a slight Iodophor taste off the hand pump; I was the first pump of the day and I know it can't be avoided sometimes but fresh tasting lines is a big thing with me. The owner has since dropped me a line acknowledging the issue. That is good enough to keep my customership.

Service has always been good, selection is usually 4-5 house beers on tap plus a seasonal. And now they occasionally have non-house imports (like Young's) on tap.

I've had the Fish and Chips, Cottage Pie, Burger and a few other appetizers over the years. All have been good and priced in line with what you'd expect from some of the chain restaurants. Not overly cheap but affordable.

The rating on this was objective; there are places with more amazing and varietal beer selections. There are places with better food. But I love the place for its old history, great decoration and Pub affectation.

Minotaur, Jan 19, 2010
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3.08/5  rDev -23.6%

Went here on a Saturday after my friend recommended their E.S.B. (He joined me as well.) Tried the E.S.B. first off because they specialize in British Cask ales. Was really soapy and perfumy, let my friend same, said it wasn't the same beer he had, so I'm guessing a bad batch. Had the Dark Charger, pretty good Dark English ale, nothing special. Had the Oatmeal Stout, definitely the best beer of the night. Also tried my friend's Christmas Ale, definitely a disappointment as far as Christmas Ale's go. Overall, is an impressive place for the area (boondocks of NJ) but not a go out of the way just to try it brewpub. Other notes: food was traditional English fare, which was quite good. Don't do anything silly and order something weird like Curry like my sister did. (You don't go to a steakhouse and get chicken.) Stick with the fish n chips and pot pies. Service was miserable but what can you expect from a bunch of locals who don't want to be there on a Saturday night.

claspada, Jan 15, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

Before I begin lauding this place, I'll mention only two complaints. First, it is way off the beaten path and too difficult to get to (but I guess that's part of its charm). Second, the food leaves a little to be desired...but then again, that's always been the knock on British cuisine, hasn't it?

Anyway, Tim Hall's fine establishment is one of the crown jewels of the NJ brewpub scene, and one of the only ones to preach the virtues of British-style cask ale. Their Best Bitter (A+) has no peer in the state, and possibly the east coast, while their ESB (A), Golden Wheat Light (A), IPA (A-), Dark Charger Ale (A-), and Stout (B+) are not far behind. The building, overlooking the Delaware River, is historic and has apparently been serving home-brewed beer for many years, hence making this the oldest brewpub in the state. When soaking in the down-to-earth patrons along with the nice building and super-friendly staff, the atmosphere is exactly what you'd expect from an old, quality drinking establishment. Again, I only wish it was a little more accessible.

donniecuffs, Jul 27, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%

This place really wind points on atmosphere... It's a really beautiful, old feeling place. Sit near the windows overlooking the river if you can. Not much food selection for a vegetarian, but what we did have (beer-battered artichoke hearts and the veggie wrap) were delicious. Beerwise they have only a few beers they brew themselves and I really wanted to have the welsh red (being that I'm welsh and have red hair) but they were out :( so I had the English ESB which was good, though not exceptional. All around it was a really good place and I hope to go again.

BirdFlu, Jan 11, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

Walking up to the Ship Inn Brewery is like walking up to a quaint boat house in a small village where you'd expect to find nothing more than canoes and cobwebs. Set along the edge of a small river, the old building may well have been a boat house at one time, but today, it is a first-rate English-style microbrewery.

The first step inside the building feels like home. Dark timber tones dominate the main dining room adorned with nostalgic memorabilia of sailing days of yore. Simple tables line one side of the dining room while the other is dominated by a small yet assertive bar. Further back in the restaurant, which seems like a long and thin line of continuing tables, lies the restrooms, offices and likely brewing equipment.

I've not been to England, but the main room of the Ship Inn is exactly what I would expect to find if I were to show up in an old bar in London.

Absolutely outstanding food, Which probably means that it tastes nothing like real British food because if it did, nobody would be making jokes about it. I thoroughly enjoyed a British sampler that came with a hard boiled egg surrounded in homemade sausage and deep fried, a piece of "pie" in a flaky puff pastry pouch filled with potoatoes, onions and cheese, another pastry dish filled with yet more sausage, and a final layered casserole filled with some kind of meat and cheese. It was a heart attack on a plate, but it was oh so delicious. I'm craving more as I type!

Simple yet elegant and outstanding. Like most English brews, they're not trying to reinvent the wheel. They know what's good and are simply trying to perfect the tried and true styles. The ESB and Light Lager were both exceptional session beers and the stout was dry, flavorful, and creamily infused with nitrogen as it should be. But the real winner was the Scottish Ale, which the English friend I made sitting at the bar informed me is only released once a year. Unlike its Americanized counterparts, this ale was subtly sweet with delightful undertones of caramel and roasted barley. It was so much more by being so much less. My one complaint is that there were only four house beers available, but I've been told they usually have around six during their peak times.

Another plus of the English pub in Jersey was the fact that the server really was British. True, she'd lived in America for 20 years or so, but she was still British.

bigkingken, Jan 07, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

This was stop #253 on my quest to visit every quality brewery/brewpub in North America.

Located in rural Jersey in an area that appeared to be a weekend getaway for those that like art and charming bed and breakfasts (not me).

They were closed until 4pm because of some major sidewalk and road work out front. I was there from 4-5:30 when it was mostly locals and happy hour $2.50 imperial pints and cheap apps.

I had two ESB's, a best bitter, and a sample of the broken silence brown. I also had the tasty and generously-sized scoth eggs. The bill came to $15. Nice.

I'm not a fan of English or Irish pubs as I have little use for most of their beer styles. In this case I enjoyed my visit to The Ship. The ESB was quite nice and I could see myself making this a regular stop if I was in the area. They also had a light wheat and session (pale ale) on draft.

Tim was working the bar prior to the arrival of the evening bar tender. He was very friendly and introduced himself to me. Before I left, I overheard him complementing carrying light beers and charging an absolute premium for them ($15, $20, $25??).

Yetiman420, Sep 26, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev 0%

This piece of Britain is located in the heart of historic downtown Milford. It's one of those small towns with no claim to fame (except this brewpub) and it's in the hills on NJ. There's nothing else around for miles, but that gives this brewpub a little charm to it. The Ship Inn is located is on the right side just after the bridge in a cool looking century old building. Just look for the small Union Jack hanging over the door. I didn't know what to expect when I first opened the doors to the Ship Inn. I probably wasn't expecting much at that time. I wasn't expecting on fiding a brewpub that looked a bar that was ripped out of England. I've never been to a authentic British pub before, but if I had to imagine one, this is what it would look like. It's a dark little pub with an old piano by the door, small wooden tables, those chair booth table combos, English beer sigs all over the palce, and a small wooden bar that features nothing but English ales and some 6 handpump casks. It's a sight to see for yourself.

The service here wasn't so bad. The bartender was always there when I needed another cask ale, and the food didn't take a long time to find me. The thing that got me was when I ordered a second different cask ale, the bartender took my glass and filled it up. That's fine if it was the same beer, but it wasn't. They didn't rinse it out or anything, they just filled it up again. I knew they weren't short on glassware becuase I saw a shelf behind the bar that was filled with Imperial pint glasses. The was my only gripe with the Ship Inn.

Not only do they have a nice beer menu, but they also have a nice food menu. You would think a British pub (especially one ripped out of England) would have a lot of British style of food. I could be mistaken, but I flipped through every page of their food menu and found only a few British style of foods. To me, the food was mostly American style. It doesn't matter all that much because my half and half was delicious. I was suppose to get Clam Chowder for my soup, but instead I got some kind of vegetable soup. The soup was good, but it wasn't what I was suppose to get according to the bartender.

Now for their beer menu. Their taps consists of at least 8 British Ales, like Boddington's and Woodpecker Cider. Sitting right next to their taps are 6 brewpub brewed cask ales. They range from a light ale to a Best Bitter and then up to a Porter. It that wasn't good enough, they also have a pretty good British Ale bottled list. I think their bottled list covered a majority of the English stlyes of beer. They had quite a few bitters in there, but you could also order a Barleywine or an Old Ale. Now, their bottles are pricy, but their cask ales are only $4.50 for an Imperial pint. How can you make any money off your brewed beer for that price now a days? As of right now, the going average price for a brewpub beer in $5 in NJ. I guess they make it up in their bottles and taps. I don't know the price of the taps because they didn't list them and I didn't order any. How could I when they offer 6 cask ales?

In the end, this is a great place to relax and have an Imperial pint of cask ale. If you're looking for a little piece of England in the hills of New Jersey and you don't want to pay too much for a beer, than look no further than the Ship Inn. It's worth the trip up there!

AltBock, Apr 20, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

The Ship Inn- Milford, NJ

re-reviewed 3/3/08.

I've been to the Ship Inn about 40+ times now, and it's one of my favorite pubs. I drive 40 minutes up River Rd. (rte. 29) from the Ewing/ Titusville border. Nice looking restaurant/pub with plenty of tables throughout. No tv but the radio is usually playing. Usually 5 house beers are on tap (I usually see the Golden Wheat, Best Bitter, and ESB on tap) The beers are, of course, English Style and very good. An excellent bottle selection which includes; Old Engine Oil, Sam Smith, Fullers, Orkney, and Youngs, to name a few. Service is always friendly and prompt although I'm usually there around 4pm so it's a little slow.

Overall- An excellent brewpub off the beaten path with good beers and food at a good price. Definitely dedicate a Saturday or Sunday to driving out here!!

NJpadreFan, Mar 04, 2008
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3.59/5  rDev -10.9%

The Ship Inn is the idyllic place to break up a leisurely Sunday drive through the NW NJ countryside (Yes, NJ has a countryside). The Inn is situated alongside a creek not far from the Delaware River, in the picturesque town of Milford, NJ. The building itself dates back to the mid 1800’s and comes complete with tin ceilings, old brick and a Victorian exterior. It’s no surprise that the interior has a nautical theme, but the British pub atmosphere was something unexpected.

I stopped by the Inn late on a rainy December weekend night. The Clash blared over the sound system, making even ordering a beer a challenge. The young barmaid served, what appeared to be, a small and mostly local crowd. I settled in at the bar and ordered an Imperial pint of their Best Bitter. The Bitter (served from one of 3 beer engines) was very enjoyable and it disappeared almost too quickly from my glass.

In addition to the hand pumps there are about 10 beers on tap: Murphy's, Guinness, their own Porter, Golden Wheat Light, a few other beers and the Woodpecker Cider. About 30 bottles and cans are displayed high behind the bar; mostly Scottish, Irish and English beers such as Boddingtons, Murphy's, Old Peculiar, McEwan’s and several offerings from Samuel Smith. On the recommendation of one of the local patrons, I ordered a pint of the Ship Inn’s Porter, which was fresh and delicious, but I preferred the Bitter.

Overall, a place that’s difficult to get to, but if you happen to be on your way West toward Easton, Bethlehem and/or Allentown, PA it’s a worthwhile stop for anyone who enjoys fresh cask conditioned English-style beers.

86sportster883, Jan 05, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev -2%

Three of the four English styled ales on tap, all well done, ESB had a nice hop bite, session was a mild pale ale and the porter was classic English porter maybe with a little more American hops. Left there with an ESB growler.

This would be a nice session bar. For Scotch lovers, they seemed to have an above average selection. I would definitely recommend a stop if you are close. Don't expect extreme beers here, just well made English styled ales.

They also have 5 liter and 10 liter boxes to go.

aleyeast, Dec 28, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

The Ship Inn is a great brew pub if you like British-style ales. Actually, if you like British brew, it is a great beer bar too since they have a great selection of British beer bottles and some imports on tap that you don't seem to find anywhere else. The place is decidedly British, however, so if you like British food, you'll probably like the food as well. I personally love their fish and chips, but often sample their other food as well and have been equally satisfied. That said, British food isn't for everyone but I'm still giving it a 5 since they make the best British food around. On the weekends they always have some interesting specials, including a weekly vegetarian selection (sign up for their e-mail list to get updates on the food and beers on tap). I really like the bitters they make. The service is pretty good (but maybe not great at the tables whenit gets crowded). I really like the atmosphere as they don't have a noisy juke box and their is no TV anywhere to be found. As others have remarked, it is a strange place to find a British Brewpub full of British people, but all-in-all it is an excellent place. The only real probable is it is about an hour from home :-(.

ecorrado, Jul 22, 2007
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3.6/5  rDev -10.7%

If you like hand pumped beer this is the place to go. Three of their own were on beer engines. All were very good and each had distinctive uniqueness to them.

I had a venison stew which had great taste! Good tender meat in a good heavy gravy.

We started at the bar with the deep fried potato skins with english bleu cheese. They were very good!

I would have been a better pub trial but we met friend that were 1.5 hours late. Needless to say my wife got a bit antsy.

A minus was one person in our party didn't get what she ordered. We waited a few minutes and then another 25 minutes for her to just get her food. She got the meal free but not a good impression on customer satisfaction.

bierSnob, Apr 26, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev -2%

I visited The Ship Inn in early evening on Easter Sunday. I had made reservations, but we were running late, and they were very understanding.
Upon entering, the long bar is on the left with small tables lower on the right. Some tables are in the thin area in the back. It gives off a comfortable British atmosphere. Signs/posters of British brews adorned the walls. The staff was very friendly. The waitress didn't seem too knowledgeable about beer (she wasn't sure what was meant by "cask", though several of the beers are), but quickly got the answers to our questions from the bartender. We met the mother of the brewer (an owner?) who was VERY friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.
The beer selection included a handful or so of cask and non-cask British beers and quite an extensive list of British imports (including a few rare ones). The beers we had were all very "sessionable" English ales. Both growlers ($9 and $7 refills) and boxes were available.
The food was pretty good for English food - a varied selection. Though, personally, I would go for the beer more than for the food. We all ordered something different and shared. Nothing was "bad", all "decent", though nothing really exceptional, IMO.
It was a pleasant experience and am looking forward to going back again. If I were in the area, I could easily see it as a place to visit regularly.

jwc215, Apr 09, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev -2%

Very nice place... cozy, a view over the creek, and all sorts of British beer paraphonalia around and pewter mugs hanging over the bar (and a neat display of photos of Ship Inn's all over England on a wall in the back).

I'm a big fan of British-style ales, so I was quite happy here. The sampler is the way to go to start off with all 6 house beers in tiny mugs. The Bitter, ESB and Session brews were all quite good, though lacked a distinguishing characterstic. What I mean to say is that when you taste a Fuller's or a Young's, there's a flavor that makes them distinctly Fuller's or Young's, and maybe that's what I was missing here... nice malty brews, but not quite distinct.

Anyway, those three were enjoyable none the less. The other three beers in my sampler were an amazingly good light wheat (a choice I would have never tried if not for the sampler, but very impressive), a very interesting ginger beer (and while not my cup of tea, one of the better ginger beers I've ever tried), and a very tasty Pheasant Plucker (a dangerous tongue-twister), rich and malty, with caramel and molasses flavors. I opted for a full pint of that one.

In addition to their house brews, there's a very impressive list of British bottled beers, and some nice imports on tap like Old Engine Oil.

I should really rate the food better because my other dining companions all enjoyed their meals. But for as much as I enjoy British beers, I guess British food isn't really my thing. Fish & chips, yes, but I went for the British sampler which for what it lacked in vegetable content it more than made up for in cheese and sausage. I had to try it, but can't say I would order it again. It was actually well prepared and apparently very authentic, but next time I'll opt for something else.

Overally, another great beer destination along the Delaware, which along with Weyerbacher just a little north on the PA side, and Triumph a little south also on the PA side, makes for a great day of beer.

apintofknowledge, Nov 24, 2006
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The Ship Inn in Milford, NJ
90 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.