The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant

very good

15 Ratings
The Olde Ship British Pub & RestaurantThe Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant

Type: Bar, Eatery

709 N.Harbor Boulevard
Fullerton, California, 92832
United States

(714) 871-7447 | map

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Photo of joecast
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of chelovek
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of kbm
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The Olde Ship is a great place to relax, have a meal and hang out for a while.

The beer and food selection is traditional British pub offerings, often served by a Brit. I hit up the Santa Ana location more often than Fullerton. Santa Ana is MUCH larger and has a few more offerings than Fullerton: I believe Old Speckled Hen and the Belhaven Twisted Thistle are only offered at Santa Ana.

I'm not a huge fan of the food but without the traditional food, the Olde Ship wouldn't have the same charm. Scotch eggs anyone? The one exception is the sticky toffee pudding. It's seriously one of the best desserts ever.

Service is often slow, but again, that kind of fits in with the charm of the place. Everyone is always nice.

Santa Ana has great jazz or oldies rock bands every Friday and Saturday night and I often find myself sitting there for 2 hours or more.

The Olde Ship is not cheap. My wife and I usually do $75 between us and if we're with another couple who drink, the four of us can easily break $200.

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4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The bum (previous review) gave a pretty good run down on the beers and ales to be had. There are many foreign and unfamiliar liquors too. I can add that the beer engine handles are non functional unless they can be released from the bar to clobber some no tip drunk.
That said, the food is terrific! I was hooked on the fish and chips for years. I have only recently ventured out on the menu. The Scotch Brity (spelling?) is a beef pot pie type of dish that really hits the spot. The chicken pie is also a favorite. Meatloaf will challenge mom's. On certain Saturdays they serve a beef Wellington (the impetus for this post). If it is on the board do not make the mistake of passing on it. Bellhaven was a beatiful partner for this well prepared dish.
There is plenty of parking. At worst, a half block walk separates you from the pub. If you just finished paying a fine at North Court, this is a convenient and close place to forget about it.

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Photo of Sleestak
4.18/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Went here last night with the wife and two other couples. It was Saturday night and was packed so we had to wait about a half hour to be seated. Cozy with British regalia everywhere on the walls. Great selection of brews on tap. I got the Old Speckled Hen, my wife a Newcastle and our friends Murphey's stout. Like others have stated service is SLOW but the beers are fresh and good and servers are friendly and accomidating. I've never had British food but ended up getting the bangers and mash which I must say is EXCELLENT! A bit pricey and slow service but the beer selection and food are well worth the inconvenience. Looking forward to going again.

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The Olde Ship British Pub & Restaurant in Fullerton, CA
3.98 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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