About Us

We would like to wish you a warm welcome to our Traditional English public house in the ‘Romford Garden Suburb’ of Gidea Park. Our pub is an independently run house that has a heritage spanning nearly 250 years (for more on Our History click here)

The Ship is renowned for its Home-Cooked Food, Chilled Lagers, refreshing Cask Ales and above all its excellent customer service, delivered by a dedicated team.

The Ship is “well-loved” as our management team continue to develop our pub into exactly what our customers are looking for. Whether this be improving our beer garden, our décor, or looking after your event.

We are a family run business that we believe is often described as the heart of the community, but don’t take our word for it, come in and give us a try.

Our Team


Our team is small but very dedicated and we pride ourselves on attention to detail and seamless customer service. Our bar staff are friendly and approachable and always willing to help. We welcome and take on board any feedback our customers would like to give so please feel free to do so when you next pop in.

Our Features

Whatever the weather The Ship is a home-from-home! In the winter we have two log burning fires which will not only keep you warm but are beautiful to look at on a freezing cold day. For the summer we have a fantastic beer garden (recently refurbished with new benches and tables) to enjoy the sunshine. Not to worry if you require some shade we also have a large canopy umbrella in our beer garden, which is nicely fitted with heating and lighting to shelter smokers when it’s cold.

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Me, Myself and My Wife!

Myself and Mary have owned The Ship since May 2007 and as our first pub venture it has been both very challenging and yet so rewarding at the same time. We like to “get involved” as we believe this is the only way to stay on top of the competition and to meet the demands of our customers.

Continuing our work in the community we currently sponsor Dagenham & Redbridge FC (Matchday sponsor). We also do an incredible amount of charity fundraising at The Ship which is supported so generously by our patrons.

(see more on our community page here)

Please enjoy looking around our website and we hope to see you in the pub soon!

Chris & Mary Smythe