The Ship Inn
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by donniecuffs:
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.
07-27-2009 16:40:08 | More by donniecuffs
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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.
10-05-2013 01:53:57 | More by BeerForMuscle
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.
07-30-2012 17:03:14 | More by jjboesen
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"
01-10-2012 17:58:35 | More by zekeman17
The Ship Inn in Milford, NJ
90 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.