Friday, 29 January 2016

Ye Olde Mitre, Holborn, established 1546

ondon has two great attributes ­-- history and beer. OK it has more, but those are the two we're concerned with today.
Many years ago, in the city’s most illustrious pubs, pirates and body snatchers did business, bloody, bare-knuckle fistfights took place and literary greats -- including Charles Dickens and Samuel Pepys -- found their inspiration.
Today people's faces flicker less by the light of an oil lantern and more by the screen of an iPad, but they're still there to enjoy the same things -- great ales, warm rooms and happy company.
Here’s where to continue the pub-gathering tradition that Londoners have always done so well.

Ye Olde Mitre, Holborn, established 1546

Ye Old Mitre
Bishop Goodrich built the first pub in this spot.
Nestled between two lanes, it remains a cozy little boozer today. There are no noisy TVs or flashing fruit machines.
Instead, décor includes Tudor beams, coal fires, portraits of Henry VIII and dozens of whisky water jugs hanging from the ceiling.
There are tiny rooms to choose from, such as the royal red, loungey Bishop’s Room or Ye Closet­ -- a cubbyhole that intimately seats six people.
The place is stuffed with character, but don’t expect a bunch of raucous vagrants smashing tankers together and spilling beer all over the floor -- it’s now a sedate drinking spot frequented by bankers, Fleet Street hacks and tourists eating homemade pork pies.
Verdict: Superb pub hits all the marks, from old world charm to carefully chosen beers.


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