Ye Olde Mitre
The oldest pub in England
The oldest pub in England is a list of short stories and claims rather than indisputable facts. And it is the same for the oldest pub in London. There are a few contenders and it very much depends on the criteria. They all predate the use of the word pub and what it has come to mean today. Also the buildings themselves being re-built or change of use over the centuries is common.
London’s historic pub
So founded in 1546 Ye Olde Mitre London may not be the oldest, it is definitely one of London’s historic pubs. Also the pub often appears on the list of oldest pubs in London. It is a charming little pub steeped in history so well worth a visit.
Ye Olde Mitre menu
Ye Olde Mitre pub food menu is also traditional British. Sandwiches include Cheese and ham, Cheese and tomato, cheese and pickle and also cheese and onion. Hot food includes a sausage, Sausage sandwich, homemade sausage rolls and also pies.
Also pork pie, scotch egg, gala pie and pork scratchings. I tried one of the homemade sausage rolls and it was so delicious.
Ye Olde Mitre history
Ye Olde Mitre history is typical of so many of Britain’s historic pubs and a long story. The pub say “A pub of no little history, built in 1546 and extended in 1782. Henry VIII was married in St.Ethelredas next door and also his daughter, Queen Elizabeth, is said to have danced around the cherry tree at our door with Sir Christopher Hatton”
English heritage say the current building is 1773 with early 20th century internal remodelling and late 20th century extension at rear. Ground-floor bar spaces have extensive panelling, possibly installed in 1920s refitting. Panelled bar counters to front and back bars. Tudor style fireplaces in both bars. Corner of the front bar near entrance glazed in to reveal trunk of what is believed to be a cherry tree, marking the boundary of the properties held by the Bishop of Ely and Sir Christopher Hatton. Walls of staircase covered by wide, horizontally laid panels that may date back to late 18th century construction.
The oldest pub in London
HISTORY: The Mitre Tavern believed to be founded in 1546 for the servants at the Bishop of Ely’s London house. The site and adjacent properties in Ely Place were cleared after the Crown took over the area in 1772. This public house retains its early 20th century plan and fittings almost entirely intact.
Either way the pub is truly historic and so definitely on the list of pubs you should visit. Being hard to find it has a charm and also means although small is not as busy as other larger pubs. And also all the food looked fabulous and the sausage roll was delicious. Also a great pub to try some renowned British and London beers. The beer I had in the pictures is a Fullers London Pride.
Ye Olde Mitre Address: 1 Ely Pl, London EC1N 6SJ
Nearest Tube Farringdon
If your interested in London pubs check out my visit to an East London pub here