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This is one of my favourite secrets in London. If you're in a rush to Chancery Lane, you will walk right past it. So take your time on Hatton Gardens. Take in the scenery and you will see this lovely little gem down an alley (i do love a good alley).
I wish it was bigger, but it's so good to sit with a friend and catch up or read or meet handsome barristers... whatever you fancy. i'm not one to judge.
I can see someone giving this a lower view on beer/wine selection. But I'm not the pickiest in this area as I am a new drinker of the hop made libation. And Northern California has made me a wine snob, so well there yu go.
I've shared my wisdom, use it wisely and don't tell your strange friend... we don't wanna ruin it for future generations. It's like totes old...
Lovely pub very well hidden really worth the search . Not a huge range of beer but very varied and a good choice . Very atmospheric .
Blink and you'll miss it. The entrance is an almost hidden alley way discreetly market by a blue papal hat sign on a post on Hatton Gardens. In almost medieval fashion venture down the alley to a small central courtyard revealing a cottage looking tavern. Enter here...
... Or there as there are 2 sides to this little pub... The front side is quite small offering a few seats and a bit of bar space. To get to the other side of the bar one must exit, go outside and down the side to the next doorway which enters in to a slightly larger and livelier space. Both sides are equally cozy with thick glass tavern windows, dark wood and slightly worn upholstery, everything one expects a proper pub to look and feel like. Beer on draught, along with a few wine selections and a standard pub menu make for ye olde pub experience.
Awesome spot hidden down a little alley to grab a pint with some friends!
Here's another five-stars for Ye Olde Mitre. Thoroughly enjoyed myself there, it's a place rich in history. It's true it gets crowded, but you have just have to be quick to grab a seat when one opens up. It's a good place for drink and happy chat. Good ales as well. Will deffo be going back! :D
OK, so you'll have to read the proper history that's on the plaque in the pub, but it's interesting that this parcel of land isn't technically London, something to do with being owned by the Duke of Cambridge, and therefore jewelry thieves around Hatton Garden could have escaped the jurisdiction (temporarily) of London police, it's all a bit of a swirl in my head as I was clearly drinking while trying to absorb all of the information, but you really can't beat it in terms of an excellent traditional historic pub. There's a small outside area, off from either side of the pub and the inside can get quite crowded with an after-work crowd some days, but I've been in before on either busy or calm nights and never really had a problem staking out a place to drink.
If you're around Clerkenwell/Holborn looking for some of the area's best historic pubs, this is a must-stop.
On my list for many months now, I finally got a chance to have a pint (okay, a half) at Ye Old Mitre this week when my colleagues descended on London from Berlin, Paris, Glasgow, Leeds, New York and Manchester.
I chose a beer that heralded its hoppiness hoping that it might be a bit like Racer 5 (a hoppy American IPA that I quite enjoy.) It was, without a doubt, the hoppiest beer I have ever tasted (proof that too much of a good thing is possible.) Even the beer connoisseurs in my crew were thrown by it.
Hidden away off Hatton Garden, this traditional pub is perfectly fine for a pint or two, but my search for a local in EC1 continues. . .
Don't come here if you are expecting a Gastropub or lots of trendy people. What you do get is by far and away one of the best pubs in London, and a proper, old traditional London Pub.
There's a great selection of real ales that change on a regular basis and the history of the place makes it all the more an interesting place to visit. The staff are very friendly and the best bit is that it isn't generally full of idiots given that it's not straightforward to find!
Centuries old pub down a small London alley? Yes, please! Coming to Ye Old Mitre was like trying to find the Leaky Cauldron. And, I am so glad we did.
My husband had been wanting the true British pub experience and, despite having been to at least 3 prior to this pub, he got it here. There are several small dining rooms with cramped chairs and some outside standing room (it rained the day we were there so we stayed inside). The bartenders pump the beer from casks and treat you like they know you even though they don't. Prices were competitve for beer and food seemed reasonable, too, though we didn't have any.
Absolutely loved everything about this place and would definitely recommend it as a "must stop" place on a tour of London.
There's a real sense of arrival through the narrow alleyway(s).
I came here with 4 others on a busy Fri night. It was of course packed inside and out, but luckily a large party just departed from the Bishops Room upstairs so we climbed the winding staircase, grabbed a table and ordered a pint. Added bonus, prompt tableside service. Highly recommend. Just be aware that the upstairs is HOT, as in furnace hot, not drop-it-like-it's-hot.
I like old things. And I really like pubs. I'm not a mathematician but you can understand why I really really like Ye Olde Mitre.
You will like this pub for the same reasons you like Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, except it is not as touristy. They have a different beer selection and seating is limited. Definitely falls under the "blokes from the 1500s were dwarves" category- watch your head.
I will come back here and I will bring my friends here. You should do the same.
"You'll like this little pub" said my friend. And I sure did. Then again, I am the type who likes grotty places as long as there are several rooms and corridors and tiny alleyways linking it and I get so excited by this fact that everything else doesn't matter anymore.
The beer was not too expensive and perfectly drinkable and it was full of normal people having vaguely normal conversations and not trying to pull or anything. What else do you want?
This is a lovely olde pubbe as the name implies. The whole place looks nice (make sure you check out the garden and the stable house out back). It seems to be generally considered the best pub in the local area.
The Dragons Ale was yummy. Afraid there were no alarms and no surprises among the rest of the beers, but there was a rather nice perry available to increase the options!
Said to have been founded in 1546, the current building dates from 1772, and feels like it. That's if you can find it, that is, for never can a pub have been so well hidden: Ely Place is a tiny side-passage off Hatton Garden, just up from the junction with Holborn Viaduct. (At the moment, (6/7/07) scaffolding on the street frontage makes it even harder to find).
It was built supposedly to serve the staff of the Bishop of Ely, who had his London residence adjacent. The residence was the setting for all sorts of history (it features in Shakespeare several times), including a five-day banquet for Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon in 1531, at which gargantuan quantities of food were consumed.
The residence is long since gone, but the pub thankfully survives. It has several small rooms (including a small snug), wood panelled and covered with prints and pictures. An alleyway snakes around the building, which now provides space for the smokers. It's very cosy in winter, and very atmospheric. Its location means that it less frequented by tourists than many other historic pubs, although immediately after work it does get very full with City folk. It also featured in the 2000 film 'Snatch' by Guy Ritchie, starring Brad Pitt.
The beers include guest ales alongside Adnams (Broadside) and Deuchars IPA - one of my favourites, and generally in good form here. They do very traditional pub food - scotch eggs, sausage rolls, pork pies and pickled eggs, alongside simple toasties (amazing value at £1.50) and nuts, but (oddly) they do not sell crisps. The staff are friendly and helpful, and know their beer - they host occasional beer festivals.
Overall, a great place for a pint.
A great Little pub that has it's own mini beer festival once a year. The ales are always well kept and it gets very busy at lunchtime, where you can choose from toasted sarnies, sausage rolls and scotch eggs
The staff are always attentive and efficient. Outside there are barrels on the main passage way and more down a little side alley. When I say this place is small, I am not joking. 15 people on the front bar and 15 in the back and it's heaving, but don't let that put you off.
Well worth a visit!
Great old English pub. Reallly enjoyed the beer.
When I was a baby, my parents use to leave me in my Moses basket in the office and sneak off for a lunchtime pint here. If I were them, I'd have done exactly the same.
The Mitre serves hands down the best bar snacks in London (cheap, too). Large, savoury gherkins, delicious scotch eggs - so I'm told, scotch eggs aren't really my think - and, my God! The most moreish toasted sandwiches in London, rich with mustard, pickle or whatever else you want. Mmm...
Ale-wise, the list is great, but I'm a G&T girl so quite happy with that.
Get into the snug in the back bar and settle in for a lazy afternoon of drinking, snacking and relaxing. It's bloody freezing in winter though, so if you're near a window, make sure you've got a jacket to hand.
Would have never found this pub of I hadn't been taken here by a co worker. Hidden down a small alleyway the pub is quaint and old. It's got an old world charm and there is a good variety of beer on tap. We had some toasties which came out quickly and were basic, but nice.
Ye Old Mitre is a hidden pub in a little alleyway off Hatton Garden (opposite Boots).
The nearest stations are Farringdon and Chancery Lane.
Inside the pub is very small. It gets crowded very quickly but it's a good place to be if you don't come during lunch or after 5pm. There is no music. The wooden structure and the picturesque deco give this pub a traditional touch.
Outside the tables have been replaced by barrels. No stool nor chair. It looks very picturesque.
The food is ok (typical pub food), they are known for their toasts.
A must see! I highly recommend it
We know it is worth the small effort to enter along the very narrow alley (at the Holborn end) running between Hatton Garden and Ely Place to find this wonderful place.
It is a Fuller's Brewery house.
This former Tudor site and subsequently rebuilt public house remains an English beer celebration.
Lunch still remains very basic eats. Recommend the toasted sandwiches.
We found the "behind the bar" people obliging and helpful.
If this ever changes, go elsewhere.
During our visit, English staff made conversation with customers. In London!
The lunchtime trade relies on a mixture of local business people and tourists. We, now among the latter, are clearly expected and welcomed, but in return we do not want a pub bistro.
This public house remains a serious English beer house.
Of course, good wine and other wet sales (tradespeak) are available. We will watch pricing policy and Fullers.
Courtesy always counts behind the bar. The Mitre is a good example where the staff excel in good mannered service to customers. They maintain exemplary standards.
We advise you arrive before noon.
Later lunch visitors will find no prisoners are taken by regulars in the grab for seats at the tables inside! Standing mainly only possible outside with your pint on an upturned barrel for young and fit.
Highly recommended for a summer thirst quencher.
Enjoy an historical building and surroundings of national English importance with a pint of real beer.
Not open at week-ends
If you can find a seat this is a wonderful place to while away a winter's evening (or a winter's afternoon, for that matter).
Its history and idiosyncracies are what give it is unique charm and, as surely one of the smallest pubs you'll ever come across it is certainly intimate.
An absolute swine to find (and possibly to fit into), but once you are through the door it's worth the trouble. The beers are the usual Adnams offerings (but that's not a bad thing) and the food is simple but quickly served, well-priced, and fits with the nature of the place.
This is a great pub. Good ales, cozy, stays open later.
It gets crowded very quickly, it's a good place to be if you don't come during lunch ( the food is ok, they are known for their toasts ) or after 5pm. The wooden structure and the picturesque deco give this pub a traditional touch.
It was built supposedly to serve the staff of the Bishop of Ely, who had his London residence adjacent. The residence was the setting for all sorts of history, including a five-day banquet for Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon in 1531.
The residence is long since gone, but the pub thankfully survives. It has several small rooms , wood panelled and covered with prints and pictures. An alleyway snakes around the building, which now provides space for the smokers.
The nearest stations are Farringdon and Chancery Lane.
A great place to visit but be there early as the place seems to get packed soon. Known for its toast, so try it whenever there.
My wife and I have a couple of friends living in London. So, right after landing in Heathrow and dropping off our luggage, our first stop of course was to get a drink at the Ye Old Mitre. First, I want to start with a disclaimer. This was the first and only pub that I have been to in London or the U.K. I know that is a shame and the reason for the four star rating. It could very well be 5 stars. It must be doing something right, considering it was founded before England's religious nut jobs decided to found the country that I call home. (see picture) So what will you find. Jovial drinking mates? Good beers? Good pork pies? (Is there such a thing as a truly good pork pie?) These were all to be had at the Mitre. Next time I am across the pond, I will need to go to some other pubs and perhaps give the Old Mitre that extra star that it probably deserves.
I've only been here once, but lucky for me and my liver I've been to lots of pubs to make a comparison with others and I can safely say that what we have here is what is affectionately known as a 'boozer'.
This is not a place to go cruising for hot chicks (or guys, unless you like them soaked, portly and bearded) but it is as down to earth and dedicated a drinking hole as you can get. Enclosed in all four sides by a city that has grown up around it, Ye Old Mitre is accessed via an unassuming corridor in the heart of London's precious metals and gems district known as Hatton Garden. It may very well have changed little since its inception too, which might be a fair assessment of some of the patrons.
Obviously, this gives you the feeling of having entered a secret drinking hideaway and there is no denying the charm of the cramped and authentic smelling interior. There is also a covered outside which makes the outside toilets seem normal until you think about it like I just did. Hm.
In this place, sonny, we drink Ale and plenty of it. None of this 'Largah' that the kids are dropping these days. Delicious Ale, as varied and sophisticated as wine but yet goes so much better with a packet of crisps or peanuts. If you like a drink but don't like the hassle of getting dressed up or loud music or poseurs or door staff, this is your place. Find a corner or a barrel outside and get down to the important stuff like talking to your friends and having a good time safely enclosed from the busy world outside.
I give it 3 stars, as it really isn't for everyone. Pubbers will love it, clubbers will not. As always, you can make your own mind up.
Tell them Red sent you and then wait for the blank stare.
Gorgeous old pub with tons of history. They serve an excellent pint.
As soon as you enter the pub you could imagine you're in Old London. Everything there remind of it the wooden furniture, the vintage decoration and even the absent of music. It's really relaxing to go there after work and spend time with friends.
Nice warm pub to pop in and sup a few ales. Awarded the cask ales certificate of excellence. Always has a nice guest ale on tap and there is always a conversation to join in with when your on your own. If your looking for a traditional pub I would recomend this one.
Ye Old Mitre is full of friendly people serving a wide variety of beers, ciders, wine, and spirits in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Paneled with dark wallpaper and rich woods, Ye Old Mitre is classically elegant with old English charm. Make sure and check out all the comic book style drawings on the wall, they explain the history of London and especially the Hatton Garden area. A great place to grab a pint with friends, Ye Old Mitre is one of my favorite pubs I have been to in London.
Tucked away down an alley and one of the oldest pubs in London with a plenty of small rooms linked together, this is not your average boozer. Currently run by Fullers, it serves the usual Fullers stuff, but that's rather incidental. More significant is the history and character of this place, which is the chief selling point of this pub. Definitely worth checking out if you like your pubs different and historical.
I love this pub, good beers that are very well looked after including by far the nicest pint of Guiness I've ever had. A really nice large garden for sitting out in the summer and gourmet sausages made from such things as Ostrich and Venison on the menu. Excellent. Best pub in Barnet hands down.
It's old, it's small, it's in a little alley that's hard to find which only adds to the atmosphere. It was nice to see and stop in to have a pint but not sure it's a place I'd want to have more than 1 at... bring your tourist friends here as they'll get a kick out of it!
Ye Old Mitre was built in 1546 is a delighful old pub to drink in from time to time. The present building as we know it was erected in 1772 and its claim to fame that a tree-trunk infront of the bar is said to be a part of the of a Maypole that Elizabeth danced around. Do remember that being in the City it closes at 5 pm.
Great ambiance. Good beers. Helpful staff.
Loads of places I've reviewed seem to be a bit secret and hidden away, but this miniscule pub is by far the most secret and hidden of them all. The first time I went here I almost gave up trying to find it, until the clinking of glasses and other muffled pub noises led me down the tinest alleyway off Ely Place and into a Victorian timewarp. Chances of getting a seat are slim, but you'll get a warm welcome from the bar staff, who are traditionally clad in white aprons as they pour the ale. A must-visit.
Absolutely lovely old pub with perfect olde worlde charm.
Just looking for it and finding it, is half the joy.
Did you know that Queen Elizabeth I. is said to have once danced around a tree which served as a border. Its trunk is partly now preserved in the (right-hand) corner of the main bar.
Definitely lives up to its "hard to find" reputation. Ye Olde Mitre is the perfect way to follow-up a some pints at the Cheese. Amazingly, it is still very low-key and fun despite the "Snatch" hysteria often associated with the place.
Great little secluded place, from which Time Out pointed to me many years ago. I only managed to find the place after passing it twice in error. The pub becomes a sort of microcosm for all things British with great local bitter and a decent head on any pint. Oh yes and if you're from up North you can have a bit extra if you like. The non-opening at weekends is a downer, but the atmosphere is electric with all the city types. Have to love the quintessential suits which surround you and the spill out to the barrels surrounding the pub outside.
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