The Ship Inn
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 90
Beer Avg: 3.78
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Reviews by bigkingken:
4.35/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
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.
01-07-2009 18:55:55 | More by bigkingken
More User Reviews:
3.56/5 rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $
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.
10-05-2013 01:53:57 | More by BeerForMuscle
4.23/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
07-30-2012 17:03:14 | More by jjboesen
4/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This review is long over due as I've been going to The Ship Inn for better than 15 years. Since it is almost an hour drive, there must be a good reason.
They have a solid line up of British style house brewed beers, usually about 5 on tap, along with a selection of bottled imports. If you're looking for a super hoppy IPA or a sour or something aged in whiskey casks or with habenero added, your not going to find it here. They just brew beer that tastes like beer. Most are fairly low in alcohol which is a plus with an hour ride back home.
The staff has always been friendly; even though I only get up there 4 or 5 times a year, a couple of the waitresses and Tim, the owner, recognize me on sight and make a point to say hi.
The food has always been good, especially the Shepherds Pie, the Cheese and Onion Pie and the Tiddie Oggie. Surprisingly, their wings are fantastic. The burgers are very good as well. Most of their beef, produce and cheese is locally sourced, and the quality is evident.
I'll sum it up this way--I've had better beer, better service, better prices and all closer to home, but I always look forward to the next chance I get for a "Ship Trip"
01-10-2012 17:58:35 | More by zekeman17
4/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
06-27-2011 00:01:53 | More by WutAlesyou
The Ship Inn in Milford, NJ
90 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.