A historic pub interior of some regional importance
Listed Status: II58 High Street
Tel: (020) 8449 5701
Real Ale: Yes
Real Cider: Yes
Lunchtime Meals: Yes
Evening Meals: Yes
Nearby Station: New Barnet
Station Distance: 1850m
Public Transport: Near Railway Station (New Barnet) and Bus Stop
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Former coaching inn occupying a 17th century building, re-fronted and stuccoed in Victorian times. The pub occupies only part of what was once a much larger establishment.
The interior has been opened out but with three formerly separate rooms still clearly visible. The area you first enter has an old, probably Victorian, bar counter, a reproduction (? - landlord says Victorian) cast-iron fireplace, full height wall-panelling (probably old) and dark stained bare floorboards. To the left, up a step and through an enlarged entrance, is another room where the bar counter is much newer and the half-height panelling certainly recent. Above the panelling bare brick and wood battens have been exposed. The 'Ye Olde Mitre Inne' stained glass panel above the bar is of no age.
The bar back and fittings are all recent.
Returning to the first room, another enlarged entrance and a couple of steps lead into a third area at the back. It looks like a corridor formerly ran down the left-hand side but has been removed. The half-height panelling is of indeterminate age but some of it could well be old. Another section, forming a part-partition between the former corridor and former room (which must have been quite small) is of recent origin. There's a fine old brick fireplace.
A corridor then leads past the loos to what were formerly stables now converted into a characterful seating area but containing nothing much of heritage interest.
This ancient and very beautiful inn, dating originally from the seventeenth century, contains four separate drinking areas. The two front rooms are the oldest, although the partition between them has been partially removed, creating a wider opening between the two. The original front door, opening into the snug area, has also been closed and a more modern (although still old) opening created into the longer front side bar. The L-shaped bar counter, made from varnished wood and probably Victorian, opens into both these spaces, and the bar incorporates a fireplace of some antiquity, with an original crazed tiling surround. The back of bar appears to be more recent. Old wooden wall panelling in the side bar has been cut to fit the uneven ceiling, and small hinged windows with modern glass open into the carriage passage running alongside the building. Behind the two front drinking spaces is a lower bar which appears to have been refurbished more recently, although the outer walls are faced with what may be early 20th century panelling. Half timbering on the interior wall appears to be more recent. The flagged floor is partly covered by a modern carpet. The layout of the room may have been modified, with a curved half wall next to the seating area appearing to have been added to separate a corridor space leading to the rear of the building. There is an original serving hatch opening from the bar area. Beyond the lower bar is a lengthy corridor which leads past the toilets to a rear room which was once a stables and more recently has been used for storage. It was converted into a drinking space in 2013. Many original features from the stables remain – including two thirds height, still functioning doors with the upper half barred which originally opened into the main stables area, and the original paved floor. Doors into the garden appear to be modern, presumably replacing half doors originally opening into stables compartments. It is possible to recognize many of the original features in this inn, particularly in the two front rooms. There have been some changes to the layout, however, principally the removal of partitions to create wider door spaces, the moving of the front door originally leading into the snug, the probable alterations to the lower bar, and the recent renovation of the stables area. Nonetheless this is a highly attractive and congenial place to drink and eat, and well worth making a detour to visit. (JRW)Read More