So, it’s packed full of regulars who treat it as a second home, and keep coming back, attracted by the warm smiles of staff, top-quality pints and hearty, homemade grub. Having been established in 1549, it’s an English pub to its core – expect stripped oak floors and cosy booths. And, as the name suggests, there’s a nautical theme, with photos and paraphernalia.

The grub: Eat next to an open fire, upstairs in the quaint Oak Room. Pig out on a mouthwatering Sunday roast, or dive into indulgent dishes such as baked-in-the-box Camembert, sticky pork ribs, sausage and mash or steak. The bar menu is just as impressive – from Alderton ham, two eggs, chips, to pie of the day.
Behind the bar: Sink a pewter of real ale from the remarkable list on offer – four permanents, including Old Speckled Hen, and two weekly guest choices. There’s also a fantastic selection of wines, lagers and bottle beers behind the bar.

Bill please: Pint of ale from £3.70; pint of lager from £4; bottled lager from £3.70; glass of wine from £3.95, bottle from £14.95. Starters from £5.50; mains from £9.95; sandwiches from £5.45.

Verdict: You’ll be charmed to bits by this enchanting, old-world pub, and keep going back, just as everyone who steps inside does.

12 Gate Street, Holborn, WC2A 3HP 
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Words: Carol Driver