Cheeseburger at The Ship, Wandsworth

14 Mar

LOCATION: Legendary London pub The Ship41 Jews Row, London, SW18 1TB [map]

PRICE: £11.50 with fries.

BREAD: Glazed bun.

FILLING: 100% beef patty, pickled cuke, melted cheese, sliced tomato, shredded iceberg, red onion, French’s mustard, some other good saucy stuff.

PROS: The Ship worked on this burger for quite some time, and it shows. The beef is a mixture of 20% forerib, 60% chuck and 20% added beef fat. Tasty, tasty beef fat. That patty was a perfectly medium rare juice-fest and I made quite the mess of myself with it. Happy as a pig in shit. The cheese is ace; proper melty in a slightly ‘that’s so wrong it’s right’ kind of way, which it turns out, isn’t too far from the truth. The Ship make their own super-melting cheese by a method which I was pleased to learn involves adding more calorific goodness, then processing it in-house. The photo above doesn’t do it justice; it was like a yellow blanket hugging the sides of that patty with the slow yet progressive and unstoppable caress of lava over rock. The pickles were crisp, well balanced and sliced to just the right thickness so as to slot into the sandwich without threatening structural integrity. French’s mustard was present and correct; I just can’t do without its sunny mellow tang in my boiger. There’s some other juicy, saucy mastery at work in this sammy too, although I couldn’t put my finger on it. I didn’t try. I just stuffed it in my face as fast as possible then took a breath, looked up, saw some fries on the side and ate them too. They were great. The Ship is without doubt one of London’s most popular pubs, drawing record breaking crowds as soon as the sun comes out. Just make sure you’re down there with the cool kids, pint in one hand, burger in the other.

CONS: The bun was almost on its last legs as I came to the end of the burger. A minor grumble.

SCORE: 9/10

With thanks to The Ship for the photo above (too busy stuffing my face as per)

9 Responses to “Cheeseburger at The Ship, Wandsworth”

  1. Chris Pople March 15, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Fair dues to the Ship, they threw everything they had into upgrading their burger (based on current… ahem… “trends”) and have come up with an absolutely fantastic thing. I think the only other sauce you missed was good old Heinz Ketchup – in true MeatL*quor style.

    I could do without the tomato but as you say, you could only really have very minor niggles. Easily top 10 in London, possibly top 5.

  2. Hamish March 15, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Looks the real deal.

  3. Laura March 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    I am SO glad someone else has discovered these! Its my baby brothers fav pub… and his fav burger place – I contest his choice with meat liquour! Recently stumbled on your blog and have been sifting through the posts… Am SO hungry! x

    • londonreviewofsandwiches March 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

      Yes mid afternoon is NOT the time to be browsing food blogs! Really pleased you like the site. The Ship = legendary.

  4. Donald Edwards March 17, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    I’m going to have to kindly request that people who’s food blogs I regularly read please stop reviewing burger places, or at least please stop telling me about the really good ones in and around London.

    Kind regards

    Frustrated in Paris (where I’m also yet to find a good croque monsieur)

  5. willsscott March 21, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Looks fantastic! Going down this weekend so will definitely be having one. If only more pubs could do burgers like this.

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