I'm about to "Dish Up" another "Local Favorite Spotlight". If you're ready for some local "Pub Grub", do visit "The Ship Inn Restaurant & Brewery". Nestled in the quaint town of Milford, NJ, this pub is definitely worth the visit even if you're looking for a place to stop in and get warm after a day of shopping in Milford or Frenchtown. In fact, it's only a hop - skip and jump to Pennsylvania being on the other side of the Delaware River.
Did you know that "The Ship Inn" was the first Brewpub in NJ to brew beer? Indeed, they received that honor in 1995 and have been brewing ever since. I immediately settled in with a "Sampler Board" of beer. The first couple of glasses go down so easy.
What immediately caught my eye when entering this restaurant was the ambiance. It fits very well with the area that it is in. For a moment, when I looked at the bar, I felt like I was walking into the set of the old show, "Cheers". It's that kind of feel. Warm, relaxing, hometown comfortable like. A place that you want to meet your friends at after work, or simply go with your good bloke (like I did).
If you're curious as to my written slang, it's of course British as is their menu. Their British inspired dishes are a treat to the usual fares around the town. My mate and I were so intrigued by the menu that it took us a while to read all the descriptions and deciding on our grub.
|British Sampler Platter |
Scotch Egg and Piccalilli, Cheese & Onion pie,
Cornish Pasty and Sausage Roll served with traditional brown sauce
|Winstanley’s Fish & Chips|
Beer-battered and deep-fried white fish filets served with English-cut chips and tartar sauce.
|Shepherd’s Pie |
Sautéed grass-fed ground beef and diced onions in a seasoned beef gravy. Topped with mashed potatoes and melted Cheddar cheese.
Because I am a local, what I found especially gratifying was the use of local sources such as vegetables, meat and honey (for their Killer Bee Beer - I bet it'll give you a buzz!). Supporting local businesses is what it's all about isn't it?
If I've tempted your taste buds for a night out at a local pub, check out "The Ship Inn".
Visit their Facebook Page by searching: The Ship Inn Restaurant and Brewery
Their hours are:
Kitchen Hours: Sun-Thurs, Noon-9 PM, Fri-Sat, Noon-9:30 PM. Bar stays open with the crowd.
As you can see, I had no problems finishing my Sampler Board! What was my favorite? I'll have to agree with the four other people that came in during our visit just to have their beer jugs refilled with "ESB" Beer which is "Extra Special Bitter" - A medium bodied pale ale, is a copper-coloured special bitter with spicy Cascade hops that has been carbonated to suit the American palette. O.G. 1.052