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Ye Olde Mitre, EC1

1 Ely Court
Phone: 02074054751

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Real Ale Ray left this review about Ye Olde Mitre

The initial quest to this pub is looking for the narrow alley way off Hatton Garden. Once into Ely Court, the pub is right there in front of you. From the exterior alone you can see this is going to be a gem. We got here mid afternoon, which gave a good chance to look round and get served easily. We sat in the front bar, which was comfortable and observed all the old jugs hanging from the ceiling. There was also some stained glass over the servery with the date 1546. The Dark Star Partridge was very quaffable. If you're trying to find the gents loo, it's outside and the ladies loo is upstairs.

On 11th January 2014 - rating: 10
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BobOs . left this review about Ye Olde Mitre

A justifiably popular small, quirky Fuller's pub located in a small alleyway (easiest to find by entering between numbers 8 and 9 Hatton Garden - marked by a sign in the shape of a Bishop's mitre). The pub dates back to 1546 but the present fabric dates to 1772 and is, apparently, technically still part of the County of Cambridgeshire. There are two entrances, that to the left leads to 'The Closet', a semi-private partially-enclosed 'snug' while the entrance to the right gives access to the main bar areas - containing the remains of a cherry tree that Queen Elizabeth the First danced around.

As a Fuller's house you will always find a good pint of London Pride and Seafarers alongside Deuchars IPA and Adnam's Broadside. Also on offer yesterday were Fuller's Discovery, Rudgate Brewery's Ruby Mild and Copper Dragon's Black Gold. Prices are good considering the location and the pub's 'olde worlde' appeal and light snacks are available.

On 5th August 2011 - rating: 8
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Danny O'Revey left this review about Ye Olde Mitre

A fantastic old London pub, on Ely Court which is hidden away between 2 main streets. Fascinating history as below reviews & on web. Three very small pokey rooms. Tiny and beautiful example of a historic city pub.

Very good choice of real ale, and very well kept as well,

Its also worth visiting the nearby St Etheldreda's church on Ely Place.

On 26th September 2010 - rating: 9
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eamon scott left this review about Ye Olde Mitre

Please note ,address is no 1 ely court ,ely place, near Holborn Circus, [in an alley between Hatton Gardens and Ely Place,nearest tube stations are Chancery lane or Farrindon,as stated the pub is closed weekends and ALL BANK HOLIDAYS,there are 4 ales on permanently, Fullers London Pride,Gales Seafarer ale,Adnams Broadside,Deuchars IPA plus 3 changing guest ales weekly from all round uk,ring to find out what's on/coming. hope this helps ,yours Eamon Scott

On 1st September 2010 - no rating submitted
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Pub SignMan left this review about Ye Olde Mitre

Situated down a quaint alleyway, just a short stroll from Chancery Lane tube station, this is one of the city's finest historic pubs, seemingly fairly unknown amongst the tourist masses.
A recent visit saw Fullers London Pride and Discovery, Gales Seafarers, Millbridge Mild, Adnams Broadside and Deuchars (£3.25) on offer, split between the two sides of the bar, each serving a separate room. The two main rooms are quite small and cosy with some nice old tables and chairs which fit in very well with the dark wooden interior. There is a very small room called 'Ye Closet' adjoined to the rear area, which is just big enough to accommodate one table and a few chairs. There is also a room upstairs called the 'Bishops Room' which can apparently cater for private functions. The alleyways outside have some large barrels stood on end which people can congregate around if it's too cramped inside and any men visiting will soon become familiar with the twisting passageway, as it leads to the gents as well.
There are blackboards inside which give details of the basic, but good value food menu (toasted sandwiches, scotch eggs, sausages, etc...), the wine list and upcoming ales. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable about the beer which was very well kept.
An essential part of any serious city pub crawl, but even if it weren't for the good beer, this would still be worth a look for the sense of history you get as you sit back and admire your surroundings.

On 14th June 2010 - rating: 9
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Mr Lloyd-Evans left this review about Ye Olde Mitre

Difficult to find but worth it. Ales were Fullers/Gales, Adnams Broadside and, from left field, Rudgate Odin's Raven. Back bar has booth and open seating while the front bar layout means you usually get talking to someone you've never met when the tables get full. Highly recommended

On 6th April 2010 - rating: 8
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Rex Rattus left this review about Ye Old Mitre

One of my favourite pubs. It has all the history and character of a 16th century pub (although I believe the current building dates from the 18th century, though a faithfull copy of the original). Both bars are good - the back bar has the old furniture that gives it the atmosphere of a really great pub. Sure it gets tourists (those that can find it- it is hidden down an alleyway near Leather Lane), but I have only ever encountered small groups, not coach parties. I met a trio of Norwegians searching out good London pubs - I told them they had made a good start, and was happy to recommend several others for them to visit. One of the few pubs remaining where gentlemen can enjoy the dubious pleasure of an outside, and very cramped, toilet. The pub was heaving inside and outside - but with a real gem like this you can be sure that enough afficionados will know of it to make it very popular. Now owned by Fuller’s of course, but there remains a decent ale selection.

On 9th March 2010 - rating: 9
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Steve C left this review about Ye Old Mitre

I have been meaning to visit this pub for some time and I have to say that I was not disappointed as it was better than I had imagined. I think that it is a must visit for any pub goer interested in good beer whilst taking in a bit of history in friendly surroundings.

On 5th October 2009 - rating: 10
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Graham Coombs left this review about Ye Old Mitre

Superb - not much else that needs saying!
Update April 2009 - has just been sold to Fullers, so expect changes. Visit it now!

On 1st April 2009 - rating: 10
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ROB Camra left this review about Ye Olde Mitre

Another one of my regular call ins when in this part of the city. It's well hidden down an alleyway between Ely Place & Hatton Garden. The first recording of a pub here was in 1546, but it's not this one. The current pub was built sometime in the 18th century which is still very old. There are 2 small rooms, both effectively snugs with a tree forming part of the wall in one of them. You can't get from one room to the other without going outside. The gents is also outside. Apparently there's an upstairs function room, but I've never visited. There's usually a couple of real ales available, but nothing out of the ordinary with Pride being a regular. It's not one for a long stay because of the limited beer range, but it's a must visit for one.

On 11th March 2009 - rating: 8
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