Ye Olde Mitre Tavern

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Built, as the sign inside says, by Bishop Goodrich in 1546, this traditional tavern consists of a cramped, three-room bar space fronted by an enclosed courtyard with stand-up tables,

all accessed by alleyways from two separate streets.

On offer here are ales and history; punters, City types and admiring tourists can choose to sip from George Gale Seafarers, Caledonian 80, Fuller’s Honeydew, Adnams Broadside or Deuchars IPA beneath portraits of Henry VIII and sundry beruffled luminaries.

The handful of wines – pinot noir La Lumière, pinot grigio Veneto – are well priced at around £15, while the old-school pub fare starts with toasted sandwiches, scotch eggs, pork pies and the like (£2), moving on to full, hearty meals.

Venue name: Ye Olde Mitre Tavern
Address: 1 Ely Court
Cross street: Ely Place side of 8 Hatton Garden
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Fri. Food served 11.30am-9pm Mon-Fri
Transport: Tube: Chancery Lane tube/Farringdon tube/rail

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One of the best "hidden" pubs in London. The beer is great and the staff is friendly. It feels like you are transported to another time and place then you visit this pub. Highly recommended.

James R
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Everyone in London seems to have heard about Ye Olde Mitre but not everyone seems to know where it is. Hidden among some entirely insignificant buildings not far from Leather Lane, the Mitre's a proper pub that serves great beers. With such a low key location it can make the perfect hideout if you're after an extended lunchtime session. No frills, no bullshit and no football. What more could you want?


Definitely one of London's real hidden gems. As the one review says it feels like you are transported to a different time and place, that could be 200 years or 50 years ago depending on the day and the mix of customers. There are clearly some real regulars from all walks of life. The staff give it a real 'local' feel. If you can find it, you will love it.