The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant
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3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Just north of downtown Fullerton, The Olde Ship brings a different beat to the Fullerton bar scene. It's British themed with newspapers from England available to read, food which they admit is purchased from a British grocery store, British visuals around the bar, and not suprisingly, British beer. The latter is what brought me here.
Me and a few friends sat down at a table around dinner time. We just ordered a round of beers and it took longer thean expected to get my Imperial Pint of Fuller's ESB. From my three visiits, service tends to be slow, so be patient. About 20 beers are available on draft, many of which you won't find at many places (Young's Oatmeal Stout, Belhaven IPA, Old Speckled Hen). I didn't try the food since I had already ate, but the food other diners were eating looked really good.
Note that their beers are served in IMPERIAL pints (half-pints are available too). It means you get about 20 ounces instead of 16. However, it comes at a price, literally. It cost me $6.50 for that pint.
(Update 6/13/08: Although I was a little critical on the service, I got my food quicker than I was expecting, so props for that. Also, my plate of bangers and mash were great. Try it out if you get the chance.)
06-02-2007 19:17:28 | More by DoubleJ
4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5
The President of the company that I work for in the USA is a fellow Ex-Pat, but he moved out here from England well over 20 years ago. We have much in common; a love of Association Football, Rugby, English Cricket, the BBC, drinking lots of English Tea & Beer, spelling the word Tire with a y and thinking that David Beckham is a brain-dead ponce.
So at the end of a particularly difficult year, there was a mutual decision to head out for some good old English fare, some English beer, some fellow Limey company and forget all about that boring business shite. We ended up here.
There are actually two Olde Ships, the other is in Santa Ana (a fleet of Pubs rather than a chain?), having been to both, I much prefer this one by far, for it has much more character & atmosphere. It is relatively easy to find, but it is difficult to park here at busy times. There is parking available at the rear but it is always full when I have been here, so I usually hit nearby side streets.
A single story building with a weathered looking Union Jack flying at 45°, and a small dark brown awning with some xmas fairy lights, the dark wood door leads you right into the heart of the bar area which is immediately in front of you. Lots of dark wood, thick carpets, a welcoming warmth and English bric-à-brac adorns the walls.
As you enter, if its busy (like it almost always is) it can feel cramped in the bar area, but I was served almost immediately which was very impressive. The air was thick was real English & American poser accents (this is Fullerton!). The bar is L-shaped and runs to your right as you enter. There are something like 20 beers on Tap here, including; Green King Abbot Ale, Boddingtons Ale, Fullers ESB London Pride & Porter, Youngs Oatmeal Stout & Double Chocolate Stout, Courage, Marstons Pedigree, Newcastle Brown and even Hobgoblin beer (which I actually detest but have never seen before in the US). Two Angram Handpumps were clearly evident but seemed unused on my last visit. In addition, there are some Scottish beers such as Belhaven, Tennants Lager and McEwans Export, as well as Irish offerings from Guinness, Murphys and Beamish from Cork. Willy Wankers, Jessies and the Welsh can drink Fosters, Harp or Stella. Sells Blackthorn Cider also which is quite rare in these parts
The Food here is absolutely "Top-Notch" English fare - just like home. We waited for a Table in the area that is to your left as you enter, an area that has many cubicles, booths and open tables, but it is nevertheless a very cozy area that offers some privacy to parties that are ingesting. All the food is very English and has the appropriate prefixes in the Menu, but the Churchills Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding is *fucking excellent*, the Ploughmans is great also and the Curry is awesome. The 5.0 Mark is for English fare! No French Fries here - this place sells Scotch Eggs, HP Brown Sauce & 'proper' Chips!!! If you want a Burger fuck off to McDonald's loser.
A *REAL* English Pub.
Bloody Good Show Chaps!!!
01-01-2004 04:49:36 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Olde Ship is the place I go when I want a good pint of english beer poured right and good conversation with some locals. I usually sit at the bar or in the main room and order myself a pint of Tenents or John Courage. Their fish and chips are the best in the area and I really enjoy their shrimp curry. The food is standard Brittish fare, so just remember that the desserts aren't sweet, the peas are not crisp and the curry is English Indian and not Indian Indian.
They have a good selection of English beers. Their Santa Ana location has a few more, but you are not really missing too much by going to Fullerton instead of Santa Ana.
The wait staff is very friendly and good at what they do. Your glass is never empty and they are very attentive when it comes to making sure you are satisfied with every part of your visit. I do enjoy going here because the music is not blasting and you can actually have a conversation with someone. The locals are great and usually very friendly. I would say this is a great spot to hit up if you want some great Brittish food and a good beer.
04-19-2006 03:09:23 | More by PuckLSHS
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went here on 10/27 with DoubleJ after the Black Tuesday line turned into a nightmare. Very small coming in, but cozy with lots of British regalia around. Has an Old World charm.
Had a Fuller's London Pride which was always good. For dinner I had Steak and Kidney pie which was tasty and had the Spotted Dick for dessert, suet pudding with custard. Prices are fine.
Service was a little slow at times, took a while to get our beers, but in the end not too bad, solid, nothing special. A good restaurant in Fullerton, I'll be back again to try the other British fare.
10-29-2009 19:42:52 | More by Halcyondays
4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I was there on a midweek night, so there really weren't a whole lot of people there. The atmosphere is very homey, and what I may expect a real british pub/restaurant to feel like (never been to England). The beer selection is Ok (Fuller's, Bass, Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Old Speckled Hen, Boddington's) and they know how to serve a pint here. My glass of Abbot Ale looked amazing, and didn't taste all that bad either. The fish & chips were the best I've ever had, and the service was right on. Nothing bad to really say about this place that I can tell.
03-16-2007 00:21:45 | More by MiScusi
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
went today (tuesday) for lunch.
pretty easy to find right on the main drag, harbor blvd. you can park out front if available, or on the side streets nearby.
lighting is definitely on the dark side, despite the plentiful christmas lights along the ceiling inside. this does, along with all the dark wood and carpet, give it a warm feeling. and the music rocks!! low volume, but ac/dc, hendrix, and heaps more 60's and 70's rock. kick ass!
the inside is basically split into two main rooms. dining on the left and the bar on the right. about four tables and eight boths in the dining area. maybe 10 spots at the bar with a few more tables.the dining area was at about half capacity when my wife and i arrived, and just one waiter doing a good job of giving us an equal share of his time. you know, enough attention, but not too much either.
selection is pretty much as found on their web site. the taps are along the back wall behind the bar, and with the low lighting made it tough for me to do a quick scan for anything extra-ordinary. i ordered a london pride, and esb. both were good. served a bit on the cold side, but nothing like you would find with a macro at most bar/restaurants.
food was good, and there was lots of it. my wife had the soup (clam chowder) and salad, and i had the burger (yes, very american of me at an english pub). the chowder was fair, but i have to give credit for the burger. i could barely finish it.
other than that, the menu is also on the website, and has a pretty good veriety of english food.
the place isnt sparkling clean, but it makes you feel comfortable. value i marked due to mostly the price of the beer. $5.50 a pint. not outrageous, but more than you would expect. the food though, was pretty cheap for the amount and taste. nice find in good old fullerton.
12-27-2005 23:23:00 | More by joecast
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Well I go to school around the corner at CSUF so I have been trying to make it a point to come down for a pint or two or three or four. The decor alone made me an instant fan. Low lighting cozy feeling. Best of all is that there is no TV and the music is played low. I was actually able to maintain a conversation without sayin "huh". It is sad that I must comment on this attribute but one must admit that most bars are not chat freindly. The few Brit beers they have on tap were excellent. I must admit I was a bit disapointed that they did not have Tetleys but oh well, the Pedigree was perfect. All and all a classy joint that will be graced by my presence very soon.
11-03-2005 04:17:49 | More by chelovek
The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant in Fullerton, CA
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