Ye Olde Mitre
Taps: 10 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
4.83/5 rDev +15.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ok, so this has become one of my favorite spots on earth. If you came to London and want the perfect old world pub, this is your place. If you can find it, that is. Part of the fun is finding the alley andw then entering the front room. I can't believe how quaint the front parlor is. Literally going back in time. From reading the reviews on BA of places Europe, they seem to be writtefrom an American berr geek perspective. We seem to love places with 200 beers. If thats what you want dont come here. If you want a real English pub experience and to be the only tourist! Come here on a weeknight. It was nothing short of awesome. Our plan was to stay for a pint or two and we stayed the entire evening. Classic English pub munchies. Cheese & Pickel sandwich (toasties). Not an official dinner, but we ordered about 5 sandwiches and a couple sausages to split.
The cask beer was spot on and awesome. So fresh it brought a tear to your eye. I will be back on every London visit. You must see this place.
04-19-2012 09:14:48 | More by Reagan1984
4.13/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
I suggested meeting a few friends in this joint on a recent trip to London. I'd read a little about it online before hand and while some people had raved about it I remained cautious as I've been sorely disappointed by certain celebrated London pubs in the past. After spending the evening there though I reckon this place scores very highly on virtually every level you would judge a pub.
To begin with, it's bang in the middle of the City of London, yet while it was busy the crowd didn't seem remotely touristic. This may be due to its hideaway location, tucked down a little lane between Hatton Garden and St. Etheldreda's Church. Although it's basically concealed down an alley, however, it's more cosy than pokey with three fairly spacious rooms inside and a nice outdoor area for overflow. It also got quite an authentic atmosphere - the interior architecture seems to be genuine 16th Century Tudor, the walls are covered with ancient memorabilia and, mercifully, there wasn't a fruit machine in sight.
The second, and maybe the most important, point in the Mitres favour is the beer selection. They have Strongbow and Kronenbourg and all that usual bland stuff on tap but they also have at least five ale pumps. London Pride and the mouth-watering Deuchar's IPA are permanent and the night I was there they also had an Adnam's stout and a beer called Dragonslayer (it was the night before St. George's Day). They also had a cask of very authentic Somerset Cider on offer. In some pubs, due to poor hygiene or lack of trade, the real ale has a disappointing, lifeless quality. That wasn't the case here at all, the pints of Deuchar's being some of the nicest I've ever tasted.
Something that really struck me as contrasting with the average London pub was the standard of service and hospitality. The staff (two Scottish fellas and an English barman and barmaid) were friendly, fast, and competent, and happy to chat away at the end of the night. Finally, the food was basic but extremely cheap and spot on for a proper pub - three varieties of toasty, scotch eggs and pickles - none of your Gastropub nonsense here. Anyway, I'll definitely be going back, if only to sample a few more pints of Deuchar's.
04-29-2009 17:57:39 | More by Madigan
United Kingdom (England)
4.06/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This tiny but really interesting and atmospheric pub is a real gem, and a must for anyone visiting London. Although it might be considered tricky to find, its really fairly easy. Walking from Chancery Lane Tube Station, towards St Pauls along High Holborn, at the junction with Hatton Garden, on the right hand side of Hatton Garden just 20 yards up the street is a small sign on the Lamp post pointing down the narrow alley which leads to the pub. It takes about 5 minutes to walk from Cittie York pub.
Two small rooms with some outside seating in the narrow alleyway. At time of visit 3 real ales on handpull - Timothy Taylor Landlord, Adnams Broadside and Deuchars IPA - the Adnams was first class. Wednesday mid-day was a good crowd, but we got a seat easily and really enjoyed the beer and atmosphere. Service was friendly and helpful, made you feel "at home"
Really enjoyed our visit and would make it a regular stop on any London crawl. Prices average for London pubs. We did not eat here, but understand the food is good.
JohnW B'ham UK
04-17-2009 08:03:10 | More by JohnW
3.75/5 rDev -10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
First Visited in 2002:
Someone more with more smarts than I once described trying to find this place is like trying to find the way into Narnia....Where is the lamp post again? What is there to say..? Reminds me of a place Dr. Samuel Johnson, Dickens, or Holmes might have dropped into for a pint. Very small; but incredibly atmospheric. Good beer; typical pub snacks and very few tourists. I would advise a beer (or history) lover to seek this place out if they visit London. Careful, though...will it be there the next time you try and find it?
11-16-2008 03:13:40 | More by jdlarkins
United Kingdom (England)
3.86/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
I thought Brussels had the monopoly on the best bars down alleys, but London is catching up fast in my estimation. This is a lovely little place tucked away from any prying eyes and far from the madening crowds of tourist London.
Busy, but friendly place, bar staff chatty, as were the locals. Beer quality was good and served without fuss. Adnams beers at all times and on my visit Dark Star had a beer on pull too.
Quaint but not cheesy, this is a proper old pub with proper old customers. Some pubs have character and some have characters who use them, this has both!
Now I know where it actually is, it will become a regular venue when in London (closed at weekends).
07-09-2008 17:19:33 | More by BlackHaddock
4.63/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
Finally on our 10th and most recent trip to London we made it to this historic pub. Wedged in a small alley way this Medieval era gem is tiny yet welcoming. Two levels and a very narrow winding staircase takes you up to the upper floor. This place bleeds history and supposedly has a connection to Elizabeth I. A couple of cask offerings and a gravity as well though it was not on when I went. Adnams and Caledonian Deuchars IPA are the main cask beers. Very friendly staff, one who personally almost took us to a nearby historical landmark. Very popular pub, it was pretty crowded. Not open on weekends which is a shame. Food looked generous and reasonably priced. The "Toastie" sandwiches seemed exceptionally popular. A must visit and I personally can't wait to return. We did return on our most recent trip to London in Feb. This place was even better this time around and the friendly barman named Chris made it even more so. Very reasonable food and the toasties were great. Also loved the sausages. Once again we can't wait to return.
Since this review the Ye Olde Mitre has become one of our favorite pubs in London. We almost always have our lunch here, scarfing down the tostie sandwiches and excellent sausages. Love this place, great atmosphere, great employee's, great pub period.
03-29-2008 21:40:39 | More by Mark
4.36/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I finally made it to this place! It was our 1st day in London and the second spot we hit after an 8 hr flight. This is another pub to go to for the atmosphere first and foremost. It is a small and charming place with loads of history. That being said, they had 2 ales on cask. All of the beer we tried was in great condition and the staff were friendly too. This is a good place to stop if you're doing a tour/crawl in the city as it is near smithfield market and many of the other major sites and not too far off the beaten path... It was tough to find as there was scaffolding partly blocking the view of the lampost. Well worth checking out.
10-30-2007 14:56:24 | More by surfadelic23
Ye Olde Mitre in London, United Kingdom (England)
92 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.