Located under Charing Cross station, The Ship & Shovell is a Victorian pub tucked into Craven Passage.
It’s named after Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, who was a many times great uncle of a good friend of ours.
It’s also famous because it’s the only pub in London occupying two buildings sitting across from each other.
They are connected by a cellar running under Craven Passage.
Stowford Press is a Westons Cider out of Herefordshire. Therefore, it is not really a London or eastern cider. However, it’s color, carbonation, and crispness are more eastern than West Country farmhouse.
Since almost every hard cider was new to me, I wasn’t complaining and had a pint with my aged cheddar roll.
It was a semi-sweet cider with notes of tart apple and hints of tannins. It has a clean finish and medium carbonation, which I enjoyed.
The cider and English pub food experience at The Ship & Shovell was just cool.
After the Ship & Shovell, we checked out the Egyptian exhibit at the British Museum. My wife is an avid fan of ancient Egypt. I enjoyed the mummies and such along with seeing some of the ancient hoards that have been found across England. Think how much hard cider I could get with a hoard or two!
It’s a vegetarian menu, which we didn’t realize until we were seated.
However, it didn’t matter. We ordered a number of small plates because we wanted to try a variety of things.
The food was spicy, flavor packed, and just so satisfying.
And to go with it, I ordered a Garden City Plum and Ginger. It paired so well with the food that I ordered two!
Plum on the nose, ginger on the finish, and apple sandwiched in the middle.
As you can see, it had a high level of carbonation and the right amount of acid.
It was a perfect adjunct hard cider based on dessert apples and I knew when I returned to the US, I was pitching a ginger hard cider of my own and developing a hard cider recipe.
Starting at our Trafalgar Square base...
We checked out the impressionist and neo-impressionist area of the National Gallery. Monet, Matisse, Van Gogh, Cèzanne, Degas... I don’t need to say anymore.
Heading southwest towards our goal, we had to stop at St. Paul’s.
The climb to the top was breathtaking and worth every step. Plus, we had to start working up our hunger for hard cider and pizza.
The panoramic view of London from St. Paul’s is just awesome.
Here is the Shard.
You can see so many of the iconic sites... Tower Bridge, the Eye, and Big Ben just to name a few.
A quick bus ride from St. Paul’s got us to the Tower of London.
It’s the location of the Crown Jewels and the center of power for ages.
More importantly, it’s right across the river from Hawkes!
A short walk had us going over Tower Bridge and approaching our destination.