Ye Olde Mitre Tavern

Bars and pubs, Pubs Farringdon
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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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1 of 1 found helpful

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?

John G

Traditional London pub dripping in authentic history, with the added bonus of being a multiple CAMRA award winner, providing top class guest beers served by friendly and attentive staff.

Chlo Fo

I love this little boozer! If you're looking for a classic traditional English pub, then look no further. It's stayed true to its roots, you won't find no funky beers here, just traditional cask ales, wines and spirits along with classic bar snacks. Finding a seat can be a challenge, but to be honest part of the charm of the place is standing like a tinned sardine in the outside alleyways (with patio heaters) with all the suits and media types that buzz round this area. Perfect for an after work drink, there's always that Friday feeling here, no matter what day of the week it is.


Good if: you like pubs with character and cosiness (with a fire, no less). Bad if: you value personal space or privacy. The upshot: bring a mate here, rather than a first date.

Super Mario

With excellent real ales kept in 1st class condition and their famous' (or should be infamous ?) toasties as nourishment this remains in my top 10 of pubs I have patronised. With no music or gambling machines this remains what I would class as a "proper" public house where conversation rules. Not the biggest pubs in the world to say least, it gets busy at times (Yes I'm being ironic its most times) but with friendly efficient hard working staff you'll don't have to wait long to get served. As you might have guessed I do like the pub !

Staff Writer

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.