1 Ely Court, off Ely Place,
0871 971 3918
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The ViewLondon Review
Ye Olde Mitre is an oldie but a goodie, as one of the oldest traditional pubs in London. However, that’s not the only reason for its fame. This is a pub with Hollywood connections.
Ye Olde Mitre resides in one of the best locations in London, sat as it is between Holborn and The City. This makes it prime drinking ground for a thirsty post-work crowd – it’s no wonder it’s been knocking about since 1546. As such, it’s a gorgeous pub with a real sense of history that isn’t contrived. It’s tucked away down an alley, which gives it a secretive appeal, and the exterior is beautiful – rich with dark woods and original windows. Inside it’s equally immaculate with wooden beams running along the ceilings, dark wood panelling and heavy wood tables and chairs. It’s no wonder that the film crews came a calling.
Ye Olde Mitre has starred in movies including Deep Blue Sea and Snatch, but it’s not let it’s A-list status go to its head. Instead, there’s a laid-back vibe in this pub that makes it ideal for a post-work pint. And that is where it’s found its niche – catering to the local office workers. That said, despite its location tucked away as it is down an alleyway, a fair share of tourists do seek it out, wanting to indulge in the pub’s history. Still, it never reaches the annoying proportions of more centrally located boozers.
Snacks are all you’ll get at Ye Olde Mitre, but they are very cheap snacks. Sausage rolls, pork pies, Scotch eggs, pickled onions, and even a cheese toastie all come priced between 80p and £1.99.
Ye Olde Mitre is a Fuller’s-owned pub so you will usually find a selection of Fuller’s favourites, including London Pride and Discovery, bolstered by regularly changing guests. It’s just a shame that the focus is solely on Fuller’s ales, as variety isn’t high on the agenda. Still, the selection is supported by commercial favourites such as Guinness, and there's a nice choice of easy-drinking house wines if you’re not such a fan of the grain.
The Last Word
It’s easy to see why filmmakers target Ye Olde Mitre – it is as quintessentially British a pub as you could hope to find. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take a recession to finally bring this boy down.
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