Ye Olde Mitre Tavern

1 Ely Court
Clerkenwell, London
EC1N 6SJ
Tel: 020 7405 4751 Farringdon 0.2 miles

Mon-Fri: 11am-11pm

Ye Olde Mitre Tavern, London

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Great pub, unspoilt interior, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Can be busy lunchtimes and early evenings but normally always space in the room upstairs. Old John has been there 25 years -ask him to tell you where to try after this pub, as he knows all the best ones.

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 by wee man, 25 Apr 2010
The pub itself is wonderful and likely to be one of the oldest pubs in London. A well-hidden historic gem. Nice to have a pint next to a portrait of Henry VIII and old sketches/maps of the surrounding area.

However, I visited on a weekday and felt very uncomfortable with the regulars, who are mainly male city workers, obviously not stranger-friendly. I don't think I would return for a drink on my own, being as I am a female non-city worker. Sad, because I really like the place.

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 by templarforthemasses, 18 Apr 2010
After finding Ye Olde Mitre Tavern last Saturday after a £5.80 taxi ride (blink and you'll miss it), we found it was shut! Plenty of signs on the windows, doors etc stating 'wet paint' and only one sign at the top of the alleyway saying 'open Mon-Fri'. Looks a nice little boozer from the outside, but why in this current economic climate isn't it open on a weekend?

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 by alan.smith1971, 04 Mar 2010
My favourite pub in London. Extraordinary. The ambience and service are fantastic.

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 by gatogrande, 30 Nov 2009
Proper, old-fashioned pub. Very well hidden!

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 by StuH "top london reviewer" (39 reviews), 29 Jun 2008
A proper old-fashioned boozer! Don't come here if you want cocktails, fancy spirits or gastro-grub. This is a pub for beer and real ale drinkers, and an excellent one at that!
History, eccentricity, tiny rooms and a real ale slection that changes almost daily - what more could you want? The bar staff are hugely tolerant of their mixed clientele. The American 'suits' were a bit of a pain on our last visit - asking for spirits the pub doesn't sell, not being able to make their minds up, and huddling around the bar, so no one else could get access. Thankfully it is a short walk from the back-bar to the front.

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 by mrsdanvers, 13 Dec 2007
A place with a totally unique, almost other-worldly atmosphere. Lovely staff, eccentric clientele, well priced drinks. Bears more than a slight resemblance to Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films.

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 by sisterd, 12 Jul 2007
Should win an award for food. Best pub grub. Atmosphere is great too, very old and inviting.

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 by Sam321, 23 Mar 2007
Featured in Guy Ritchie's film 'Snatch'.

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 by BonzoDawg, 16 Jan 2007
Good pub with old world atmosphere.

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 by Anonymous, 04 Jan 2007
A brilliant piece of old England in the middle of modern London! Cheap doubles, friendly staff, great atmosphere.

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 by Anonymous, 22 May 2006
If you like old pubs, Ye Olde Mitre Tavern may be the best pub in London. It is a late 18th century building sited on an old historical site; it's small, vaguely shabby, no music, has a great atmosphere and seems to attract English and American eccentrics. It's cosily tucked away in a little alleyway, and must have one of the smallest snug bars in England. Sometimes it gets very crowded but not always. It's brilliant.

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 by Anonymous, 01 Dec 2005
Classic poky little pub down a secret alleyway.

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 by Anonymous, 21 Apr 2005
Best pub that can't be found...

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 by Anonymous, 13 Feb 2005
Take a step back in history. Cozy and comfortable with all the classic British cuisine and ambience. Not easy to find, however.

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 by Anonymous, 22 Nov 2004


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