the ship at lathom

Real ales and Lancashire pub grub in a Victorian canalside inn.


The Ship on Wheat Lane (once ‘Wet Lane’) is situated on the canal side in the ancient parish of Lathom is a local icon; known throughout West Lancashire as the ‘Blood Tub’ or just plain ‘The Tub’. It was first a Public House at 4 Wheat Lane, expanding into numbers 6 and 8 in the 19th century, and latterly extended further in 1993. 


It is a traditional ‘Great British Pub’, serving a wide range of real ales – always at least six on offer; premium lagers and stouts; fine wines and spirits – including a range of malt whiskies. It offers a cosy environment with real fires and log-burning stoves and the staff are friendly, attentive and knowledgeable.

Their food is freshly prepared and locally sourced, much from premium local specialist suppliers, prepared on the premises by a resident team of local chefs, supplementing a core menu of British staple foods with specials that really are special – always including vegan dishes. Barrista coffees prepared from locally roasted beans by fully trained staff.

The Ship at Lathom is set along the bank of the Rufford branch of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, amongst countryside views and pretty cottages.


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4 Wheat Lane,
L40 4BX
01704 893117