The Ship and Mitre
££ Classic Pub In Business District
Written byCharlotte Davenport
133 Dale St
0151 236 0859
Payment TypesCash & All Major Credit Cards
This classic Liverpool pub on the far end of Dale Street often feels like it’s at the very edges of everything, but with a big space inside, that old-fashioned ‘pub’ vibe, and a wide and varied selection of drinks, it is a place that has a huge and happy group of regular customers and is a destination on the real ale map of Liverpool. It’s also one of those popular pre-match ‘town’ pubs for both blues and reds in the city.
It’s an odd place, The Ship. It’s history and name come from its two previous names ‘The Flagship’ and ‘The Mitre’, but after a few renovations over the years the main bar downstairs resembles the inside of a ship, which is a bit disorienting when you first enter. It does lend a bit of a chaotic feel at times in terms of where you are best to get served, how to check what beers are on etc. When The Ship is on good form though, it’s a very good night. A pub with a good mix of locals, regulars, tourists, and students, with regular quiz (and a curry) nights, beer festivals, and an upstairs function room. There is also The Galley - serving food every day of the week.
The Drink and Food
There is always a wide range of beer choices, both on cask and in bottles, with a knowledgeable staff to hand that you can tell are bang into their ale, and are happy to offer recommendations based on what your tastes are. The Galley serves up fresh, homemade pub grub made to order. The Scouse (made famous by the Hairy Bikers loving it!), burgers and pies are all firm favourites on the menu. There is always a ‘Pie & a Pint’ deal on. They also have a ‘Scouse on the House’ offer, with a free bowl of scouse after 5pm on a Wednesday.
All the food on The Galley menu is around the tenner or below mark. Smaller versions, and a few monster versions, of the dishes can be bought at a lower or slightly higher price depending on the size. The beer choice is wide ranging and excellent, with quality beers on the board both regular and guest ales. The average pint of real ale is £3.00.