“ Address: 24 Craven Terrace / Lancaster Gate / London / W2 3QM / England / Tel: 020 7262 5240 „
While stopping at the London Guards Hotel in Lancaster Gate, London, my friends & I (5 of us in total) were on the look out for some pub grub on a Friday evening. We'd noted that the Mitre was just a couple of streets away from Craven Terrace and so decided to give it a go.
The Mitre is set on the corner of Craven Terrace and Lancaster Mews, and is a Grade II listed Youngs pub. The Mitre is a proper British pub (with lovely etched glass in doors and dividers) and was quite busy as it was nearly 6pm on a Friday evening. However, we were lucky enough to find ourselves a couple of tables to sit the 5 of us (and another friend who joined us later) in the Snug just around the corner from the bar. We grabbed a menu off another table and set about choosing what each of us was going to eat. I can be a bit picky, but saw several things on the menu that I fancied.
I went for the fish & chips, which were around the £10 mark (and so reasonably priced for central London), and a J2O (I don't like to start drinking too early in the evening!). One friend ordered the venison burger & chips, while another ordered a steak sandwich and chips, and the two others ordered the ribs. Other traditional pub fayre was on the menu and I would say there's something for everyone.
The food arrived promptly, with Erykah's venison burger & chips and Nicky's steak sandwich & chips arriving on what looked like thick wooden chopping board slabs - a nice touch. The chips had been cooked with their skins on and were delicious, as was the fish with it's thin layer of beer batter (I'm not supposed to eat batter due to it's milk content, but the batter was nice & thin, while also being tasty). Everyone enjoyed their food and left nothing on the plates/chopping boards.
We stopped at The Mitre for the rest of the evening and never had to wait long during our several trips to the bar. The pub was busy, but not so busy that you had to push your way through in order to be served. There was a wide range of drinks on offer at the bar - from the usual pub staples to brands of drinks not always found in pubs (at least not at the ones I go in to!). I later moved on from Apple & Mango J2O to Malibu & Coke, while my friends were drinking Heineken, Guinness and Addlestones cider.
The staff were friendly and even commented on the fact that we'd been in there for most of the evening (well, why move on when you've found the perfect pub!). As mentioned before, our food arrived promptly without too much of a wait and our plates & glasses were cleared away on a regular basis too. We also found the regulars there (we assume they were regulars!) very friendly too.
There is also a seated area outside which would be perfect for a summer's evening, but we were there in early February and on a cold evening so it wouldn't have been the best place for us to sit!
The pub itself has a bit of background to it... It is believed to have stood in its place from around the 1850's and, apparently, the ghost of a murdered coach driver has been seen by members of staff! The Mitre has also been used in many films and TV programmes, such as Woody Allen's Match Point and The Edwardians.
The pub is very nicely decorated and I would say it is in keeping with the Victorian period. Apart from the bar & snug area, I believe there is also a couple of dining rooms upstairs, but we didn't venture up there, instead keeping to our cosy snug area.
The Mitre can be found just a few minutes walk away from Lancaster Gate tube station, while Paddington Station is just a bit further away. Hyde Park is also a stone's throw from the pub and the area, as a whole, is a nice one. Despite being in central London, this area is relatively quite and away from the busy noise.
All in all, The Mitre is a decent pub in the Lancaster Gate area of London and it is a pub I would certainly go to again when in London. Definitely a pub to check out if you're in the area.
The Mitre, 24 Craven Terrace, Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3QM.