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Holborn pub and bar guide

Here's a guide to the pubs and bars of Holborn - good or bad, we bring you the most talked about venues and the places you have to visit at least once. We've included a few user reviews, to give you an idea of what to expect when you get there. Or you can follow the links to see full details and all reviews for each pub.

Ye Old Mitre, Holborn

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Address: 1 Ely Court, Ely Place, Holborn, London, EC1N 6SJ
Phone: 020 7405 4751
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Nearest tube stations: Chancery Lane (0.2 miles), Farringdon (0.2 miles), Barbican (0.5 miles)


Nearest DLR station: Bank (1 mile)


Nearest train stations: Farringdon (0.2 miles), City Thameslink (0.4 miles), London Barbican (0.5 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

OK pub. Tiny. Perhaps doesn't live up to its fame.

A handful of session bitters on the pumps, but nothing exciting.

Young barman seemed to know a fair bit about beer though.
27 Feb 2013 20:31

Friendly little pub tucked away down an alleyway off of Hatton Garden.

Being a Fullers pub the normal decent range ales were on along with a couple of guests of which I had Harrier from the Cotleigh Brewery.

Standing room only downstairs so we took the winding staircase to the first floor when we could stand and chat in a bit more space.

Great to hear of the award they have been given by the SPBW and even though this was my first visit I can understand why they have been rewarded.
4 Feb 2013 13:54
Dropped by last night - was treated to two Wadworth Beers from WOODEN BARRELS! A very nice surprise - it turns out it was in honour of the Mitre being given London Pub of the Year 2013 by the SPBW. Both went down excellently as expected, can only say the award is well deserved.
29 Jan 2013 22:05

The Princess Louise, Holborn

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Address: 208-209 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BW
Phone: 020 7405 8816
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Nearest tube stations: Holborn (0.1 miles), Covent Garden (0.3 miles), Tottenham Court Road (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: London Charing Cross (0.7 miles), Farringdon (0.8 miles), City Thameslink (0.9 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

WHAT A FANTASTIC LOOKING PU-oh it's a Sam Smiths, keep walking.
22 Feb 2013 17:05
Beautiful traditional London pub, but not the place for a quiet sit down drink. It was absolutely rammed at 6pm on a January Saturday. Despite several websites saying they did food, the barmaid said they didn't; no mention of an upstairs dining room though I found out later they have one. Sam Smith's bitter was nice and only £2.90 a pint. This would be a good pub for a quick stand up beer on the way somewhere or to show foreigners what a traditional pub used to look like, it wouldn't really be suitable for a quiet drink and read of the paper.
25 Jan 2013 17:15
Wow. I think we've all moved on from the fact that Sam Smiths pubs are no longer in the Wetherspoons price range any more, but this pub now charges £5.50 for a bottle of their own-brand porter.
20 Jan 2013 09:09

The Ship Tavern, Holborn

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Address: 12 Gate St, London, WC2A 3HP
Phone: 020 7405 1992
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Nearest tube stations: Holborn (0 miles), Chancery Lane (0.4 miles), Covent Garden (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: Farringdon (0.7 miles), London Charing Cross (0.7 miles), City Thameslink (0.7 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Great little pub tucked away in the hustle & bustle of Holborn. Fantastic range of well kept ales. The homemade scotch eggs & sausage rolls are amazing. Staff are friendly & efficient. The food is a realt treat, hearty home cooked fayre. Fish & Chips is the best ive had & the biggest.
I guess its a bit pricey but it is central london & our government are trigger tax happy when it comes to pubs. Definitely worth a punt
28 Feb 2013 13:56
Tucked away behind Holborn tube station is this little gem of a boozer.

A listing in the 2013 good beer guide brought me in here but I'm sure I was here 15 odd years ago.

Wooden floors throughout, comfy little nooks for people to sit in, very friendly bar staff and welcoming land lady really set this pub apart from others in the area.

Historical decoration adorns the walls aswell as a old fashioned metal clock depicting the name of the pub which hangs above the bar area.

6 varying ales on tap including their own 1549 ale. I had an excellent pint of XXXX Porter from Ringwood brewery. A tad steep at £4.00 but the quality soon made me forget the price.

A mix of local workers, a student group and tourists make up the clientele but this is a real cracker.

If you haven't been make a special effort for a visit.
6 Jan 2013 11:40
Usually seek this place out when in Town. On this occasion I was a tad disappointed; a couple of the beers were 'generic' rebrands leaving few 'quality' options. Pork pies and chutney etc was still cracking stuff. Friendly spot, well used, I'll go again.
29 Oct 2012 16:38

The Castle, Holborn

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Address: 26 Furnival Street, London, EC4A 1JS
Phone: 020 7405 5470
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Nearest tube stations: Chancery Lane (0.1 miles), Farringdon (0.3 miles), Temple (0.5 miles)


Nearest train stations: Farringdon (0.4 miles), City Thameslink (0.4 miles), Blackfriars (0.5 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Smacks as more of a wine bar than a pub. So-so beer quality, but friendly staff which makes a change for the area.
11 Mar 2013 07:55
Nice enough. Quite authentic feel to the place despite the ill-advised wallpaper.

Eight handpumps serving about eight session bitters - bit of a missed opportunity.

Would return if in the area.
27 Feb 2013 20:27
Enjoyed a brief visit here and a nice Redcar Biter. Nice barmaid and friendly. Quite empty for a mid afternoon. Will visit again when in the area. 7/10
27 Jan 2013 15:50

The Cittie of Yorke, Holborn

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Address: 22 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6BN
Phone: 020 7242 7670
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Nearest tube stations: Chancery Lane (0.1 miles), Holborn (0.3 miles), Farringdon (0.4 miles)


Nearest train stations: Farringdon (0.4 miles), City Thameslink (0.5 miles), Blackfriars (0.7 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Terrific pub, helpful staff ( mid-week evening). I take US work colleagues here and tell them the pub was built in the 1400s - they suck it up with joy!
11 Mar 2013 14:20
One of those pubs one goes into to see the interior and then stays because the booths are perfect for a long evening of chatting and sipping. Beer quality is OK though it does seem to do just Sam Smith's Old Brewery Bitter. Its tourist route image tends to be associated with so-so service.
25 Feb 2013 00:24
This used to be called Hennekeys and, to be fair to Sam Smiths, they have kept it as it was. The booths are a delight. The beer is pricey for Sam Smiths but all-in-all it's a good pub.
1 Jan 2013 15:15

The Melton Mowbray, Holborn

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Address: 18, Holborn, London, EC1N 2LE
Phone: 020 7405 7077
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Nearest tube stations: Chancery Lane (0.1 miles), Farringdon (0.3 miles), Holborn (0.5 miles)


Nearest train stations: Farringdon (0.3 miles), City Thameslink (0.4 miles), Blackfriars (0.6 miles)


Reviews by BITE users:

Good service, awful professionals! In this pub "customers" comes last.
1 Mar 2013 11:27
Hilariously expensive.

Customers are almost exclusively boring insurance salesmen in suits who inexplicably develop loud, fake cockney accents the moment they enter a pub.

None of them wash their hands in the gents. That is not how this pub rolls.

Avoid if you have standards.
27 Feb 2013 20:22
Popped in here for a swift one prior to catching a bus back up to St Pancras. Nice pint of Chiswick Bitter and bar staff were helpful in pointing me in the right direction of my bus stop. 6/10
27 Jan 2013 16:11

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