One of these old rare gems you really have to visit while visiting London! You can pass it many times without knowing it is there. You have to enter an alleyway before you see it. Loads of history in these walls. People have been drinking beer here before Christ himself where born. Not very crowded either. Because tourists in general do not find it. The beer scene is however not that great. But you will surely find something to drink with your meal. Good traditional pub food!
The atmosphere and look of this place is brilliant. It claims to be 500 years old but I take statements like this with a grain of salt, I looked it up and this building dates back to the second half of the 18th century and it looks like this. Located in an alleyway divided strangely into 3 parts which appears to have been the style at the time. The wood looks like it belongs in an old church, parts of seem to belong in a museum, old thick windows that let in little light. Few other costumers but there is great silence in this building. The building itself is brilliant and should be visited. The beer selection is however not brilliant about 8 cask of which about half were standard Fuller’s offerings, 2 Saltaire beers upon visiting, one common cider. Some rubbish lager kegs. Few bottle which seemed to be largely common Fuller offerings once more. Decent prices, good quality on the cask it seemed. The beer choice is uninteresting but the place itself is essential. Food seems to be just sandwiches . Hard to put a rating on this place.
In a small alleyway on the north side of Holborn opposite the Sainsbury’s offices, this is a small traditional pub run by Fullers although guest ales can be found here. It’s a popular place and the alleyway itself was crowded with people drinking here on a late afternoon in June, with plenty of suits coming here for an afterwork drink. The downstairs rooms were also busy, although the upstairs section was empty!
Visited on 4th January 2017. Tucked away down an alleyway off Hatton Garden this is an odd old place. It has 3 rooms with the bar in the middle and a oddly shaped outdoor space/alleyway with the gents at the end. Inside the venue is lovely with wood panelling, a real fire in the lounge, it’s small so not many tables but it is cosy with the fire going. Beer range has a selection of the Fullers core range plus a couple of guests (Sambrooks and Dark Star on my visit). My pint was well looked after and not too steeply priced. Definitely worth a visit for the pub, the beer you can probably pick up elsewhere.
What a lovely pub. Hard to find but once you’re here, you’re here for a while. Two rooms (plus ’Ye Closet’), always crowded but space is maximised. Eight casks, mostly Fuller’s with some well-judged guests. Bottles from Fuller’s as well as a smattering of international craft. For a honeypot like this, the prices are decent (10p/pint more than my Cambs local). Pub heaven if not quiiiiite beer heaven, but worth a look-in on its own merits whatever criteria you use.
Have visited this place many times over the years. In fact it used to be a regular haunt when I worked in the area. I’m a bit of a sucker for pubs tucked away down alleyways and this one ticks the box there. I wouldn’t say it’s that hard to find - there’s a clear (if small) sign above the alleyway in question. Great atmosphere, although likely to be packed (it doesn’t take many to do that) with the after work crowd so pick your visiting time carefully. These days it’s a Fuller’s pub but you’ll only find a couple of theirs on the six pumps. An Adnams beer still seems to be regular. Otherwise it’s three guest beers which are not alweays the most exciting, although you may be lucky. More of a place to visit for the atmosphere & history than the beer range.
Wanted to visit this place because of it’s quirkiness, traditional boozer tucked down an alleyway, which I did walk past, your standard fullers selection along with a couple of guest, comprises of 3 small rooms with a central, there’s is an upstairs but didn’t go up there. Serves pork pies and cheeses toasties at very reasonable prices.
Very easy to walk right past it if you don’t know how to find it. Probably my favourite pub in London, not because of the selection (which is a little limited), but because of the pub itself and the atmosphere. Shame they aren’t open on weekends, though.
La définition d’un trou perdu...mais en pleine ville. Complètement soustrait au regard urbain, l’ambiance y est spéciale. Ses couloirs extérieurs briquelés et le pub lui-même sont remplies d’une vie incessante. La définition même du club social c’est le Ye Olde Mitre tavern.
An old and one of the best hidden pubs in London. A tine little pub gem. Great ambiance, no argue about that! You can feel the history while you enjoy a well kept cask ale. (Visited February 28th 2014)