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The Mitre

Pub added by Philip Carter
20 St. Marys Grove
Richmond
TW9 1UY
Phone: 02089401336

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Pub SignMan left this review about The Mitre

This is a pleasant back street boozer in a quiet residential area close to North Sheen station but also easily reached on foot from Richmond. The pub was run by Youngs for many years but now operates as a free house with a focus on good quality beer in a well appointed, recently refurbished setting. There is a decent sized front patio area with several picnic benches leading up to the corner entrance which takes you into a bare boarded room that runs in a full circle around an island servery. A couple of archways either side of the bar suggest a former multiple room layout, with each room presumably served by different sections of the bar, which now runs unbroken along the length of its dark wood panelled counter. Lots of standard chairs and low stools run around three sides of the room, sticking close to the half panelled walls with their grey/cream uppers. The front section felt a little cramped, but it's worth bagging a spot here to admire the leaded windows with their attractive stained glass banding and images of mitres. To the right there is a fireplace decorated with fairy lights and flowers and with a large plain mirror above. You can also see a BBC Radio One 'On Air' sign on the wall here, which must have given a bit of a buzz to the chap sat beneath it playing acoustic tunes on his guitar. Further along there is a huge Old Comber mirror, a few retro music posters, arty shots of deer in Richmond Park and an enormous mirror that pretty much covers the entire rear wall. The decor is similar down the left hand side of the pub and there is an unusual statue in the rear left corner that I couldn't quite fathom out, as well as a dog water station, which was put to good use by several canines including what appeared to be the pub dog. There was a decent crowd in on my early Saturday evening visit, seemingly representing a good cross section of the local population.
I'd heard that this pub had a decent ale policy, but i wasn't quite expecting the riches that awaited me. The long row of handpulls offered Brighton Bier No Name Oatmeal Porter, Cloudwater Bitter, Roosters Three French Hens, Ilkley Mary Jane, Tiny Rebel Full Nelson, Thornbridge Kipling and at least one real cider. I think that's an excellent list of breweries represented at the bar and I was able to try what turned out to be my one and only pint of cask Cloudwater - a great pint and kept in fantastic condition. The lady who served me was very friendly and stopped at my table later on to ask if I was enjoying my beer.
This is a great little pub that really rewards you for seeking it out. I thought it was a really friendly place with excellent beer and a smart interior that mixed traditional and contemporary elements to good effect. I don't know why Youngs decided to offload this pub, but the present incumbents have shown that with hard work and a bit of imagination, pubs like this can thrive. I wish them all the best and look forward to making a return visit sometime soon.

On 11th January 2017 - rating: 8
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Malden man left this review about The Mitre

No longer under the stewardship of Young's/Wells this is a very pleasant back street pub with an excellent selection of ales, a friendly and hands on landlord and a proper pub feel. He has big plans for the pub, the garden is the next project. A single room with a central bar, boarded floor, mirrors, maps, London Underground ads, a wall features a BBC "ON AIR" lit sign. The front windows are leaded with amber banding and stained glass inserts but not the usual Charrington banding as far as I could tell.
Seating is thankfully of the regular type, a pair of arches link through to one side, there is a TV but this was off.
Loads of beer, twelve pumps offered eight beers and four ciders. Liverpool IPA, Track Brewery Mazama IPA, Long Man American Pale Ale, Magic Rock Ring Master, Whitstable East India Pale Ale, Oakham Scarlet Macaw, Cheddar Crown and Glory, Squark Espresso Stout then Rich's Farm Cider Leg Bender, Thistly Cross Whisky Cask, Lilley's Mango and also their Crazy Goat. A blinding line up and decent quality, beer menus on the tables list all the ales by style with a write up and apparently this is changed as the ales do. A labour of love. Snacks rather than meals, pork pies, toasties, scotch eggs.
I entered and was welcomed effusively by the very friendly landlord who chatted away about his pub and beers, then on sitting down with my pint in walked a couple of blokes, one of whom was an ex-work colleague from about 15 years ago! My initial one or two pint stop became a nearly four hour session.
A splendid pub that really is worth seeking out, you'll need a map. I'm very sure I'll drop by again one day.

On 6th June 2016 - rating: 9
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john gray left this review about The Mitre

Nice fresh bright looking one room bar.Grey and white painted walls with a central bar.Flowers on the tables are a nice touch.large original looking leaded windows to the front and some outside seating.9 cask beers on and 5 ciders on my visit.Nice friendly owner who hopes to stick to beers from outside London.The three beers I tried from Bad Seed,Hopcraft and Celt Exp were very good.A must visit if in this area.

On 21st February 2016 - rating: 8
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Mitre

This is a Young's pub with the usual ales on. The Bitter at £2.80 a pint is fair enough, and tasted fine. This seems to me to be a typically unspoilt backstreet boozer, which had a handful of locals in on a weekday afternoon. The handpumps looked to be pretty old – i.e. the small, solid black ones that you seldom see these days. The leaded-light windows are really attractive, featuring stained glass insets depicting various ecclesiastical paraphernalia (including a mitre, of course). This is definitely a locals' pub, but if you want a decent, quiet pint in an unpretentious backstreet pub, then this is for you.

On 19th November 2008 - rating: 7
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Philip Carter left this review about The Mitre

A Youngs pub, bit scruffy inside but has a lovely display of flowers out the front. Usual Youngs ale on sale. Ramp for wheelchair users. Seating at the side and on the decking out the front, both catch the sun.

On 16th July 2008 - rating: 8
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Mitre

The Mitre is hidden away in Richmonds back streets and it looks quite a nice pub from the outside.
Once inside there was one room that was quite comfortable and there were a few locals having a drink,this pub is a Youngs tied house and there were two real ales on here i had a drink of Youngs bitter and this was a very nice drink the other beer was Youngs Special.
I quite like proper old pubs like this and i was happy enough having a drink in here.

Pub visited 14/12/2002

On 14th December 2002 - rating: 8
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