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I often visit this pub on my way home at least once a week. From a beer perspective it has always been well-kept and there is something for everyone depending on your tastes. The beer is an ever-changing selection on cask, with the one exception being TT Landlord which has become the 'house' bitter. Real cider also available on hand-pump and a good range of cans. Lager drinkers have the choice of Camden Hells and Birra Morett - don't come expecting Fosters, Kronenbourg, Stella etc.

The pub is run by Chris who makes you very welcome, as does Rudi, the pub's cocker spaniel. Chris's ethos is that the pub is an extension of his home and to treat everyone as a guest. For me this is the best pub in Richmond and well deserves its recent inclusion in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. A 'hidden gem' well worth a visit.
PDWR - 12 Mar 2018 15:40
The dopey landlord/manager is on some sort of Basil Fawlty power trip,new rules every week and downright rudeness to the customers.It all seems a bit much for the little turd.If I was charging £4 a pint for very weak beer I think civility would be the order of the day,not here!
slerpy - 18 Feb 2017 19:28
A few tired beers today,a back water pub which carries too many beers on handpump.
slerpy - 31 Dec 2016 19:08
At last, Richmond has a decent real ale and cider pub. The Mitre is tucked away in a residential side street, but fairly close to North Sheen station. The drinks range is impressive - Marble Lagonda IPA, Summer Wine Diablo, 360 Degrees Mayflower, Wild Beer Co Bibble, Celt Experience Otherworld, Tickety Brew Double Hop Pale, Arbor Oz Bomb, Saltaire New World Red & Bad Co Dazed & Confused Milk Stout. Ciders and perries were Lilleys Gladiator, Apple & Blackberry & Bee Sting Perry, as well as Thistly Cross Whisky Cask. The bar is a small space and the decoration is quite plain. But this place will not get packed, due to its location, unless of course its reputation begins to grow (which it certainly deserves). Tasters are offered and there are also printed tasting notes at the corner of the bar. The landlord brought round small plates of roast potatoes that was a nice touch. There is also a patio area at the front with further seating. Whilst a fair way from Richmond town centre, I'll certainly be making every effort to persuade fellow drinkers to head here whenever in Richmond.
blue_scrumpy - 4 Apr 2016 20:25
The Mitre is in a quiet part of North Sheen opposite a row of well kept Alm's Houses. It is a former Young's house,I remember it from many years ago from completing the 135 tour. They seem to be doing all the right things here,well selected ales including Marble's Lagonda etc Outside, it was a sunny day lots of street furniture. The only really silly thing was their Toasties Menu they list pepper,salt, tomato ketchup,brown sauce etc as menu items what is wrong with these people they are condiments and even in a 'spoons are brought out as part of the meal and without doubt expected to make an appearance,this looked so crass I was speechless,even as I type this i'm wondering wether I dreamt it.
slerpy - 3 Apr 2016 14:30
Since being refurbished this pub has gone from strength to strength. A beautifully kept old fashioned boozer, Bob behind the bar will welcome you by offering you to try before buying any drink (wines and spirits aswell as beer) - something seldom seen these days. The gourmet toastie menu is unexpected but legendary, as is the well selected wine list.

I would not hesitate to recommend this pub to anyone cool enough to appreciate it. See you at the bar!
swisstim - 31 Jan 2016 14:07
In a town increasingly full of gastropubs and pub restaurants this is a refreshing survivor of a proper local full of genuine locals from the streets nearby. It is an ex-Youngs house, now a freehouse, but still selling Young' beer range. I had Youngs Ordinary which was fine.
simontheeditor - 13 Jun 2014 15:48
This is a real pub with real regulars. Off the beaten track a bit but a good spot if you want a quiet pint. Would have loved a bigger selection of beers but a friendly welcome and a good place to start a pub crawl if you are going to Twickers/Richmond. Hard to find "normal" pubs like this.
Valky - 19 Apr 2012 10:22
Really nice pub of Victorian origin. Obviously it's been changed through the years but it's avoided the ghastly intrusive changes of the 1970s to 2000s.

It's a really good backstreet pub. Not noisy. It does have recorded music, but not so loud you have to notice it.

Just a great place to have a drink and relax and be yourself, if that's who you want to be.
EldridgePope - 10 Apr 2012 19:58
Great neighbourhood local, prominent location on a corner in a residential road. Nice wood stove burning and a good atmosphere. Choice of ales could be improved with just the two normal Youngs beers Bitter and Special - the latter was on good form tho. Put a few more ales on and it would be a solid 8/10.
OldRogue - 2 Jan 2012 17:10

Very warm welcome from the Barman (not sure if he was the Landlord).

Offered water for our dog straight away, and also saved us a fair bit of walking by his advice on easier access to Richmond Park.

Good to speak to bar staff who've not only heard of BITE, but are also aware of when and by whom the latest review was made.

We'd already had a pint at another pub, so only stayed for one, but could have quite happily sat a while longer.

Blackthorn Cider on draught at a decent price.

If I'm ever back in that area again, I'd be sure to drop in.
Pat_Bateman - 22 Mar 2011 11:10
The beer is in excellent condition. the stained glass windows are beautiful and rare these days. Look out for the hand-pumps; they are original Gaskell and Chambers beer engines. ( You can see the name on the brass-work when your pint is pulled) There are also regular music evenings held here
Mancini - 24 Nov 2010 14:11
Great little pub!

Popped in after a long walk in Richmond park. Really friendly, lovely landlord, excellent beer - the Special was top notch, they evidently take great care of the pipes.

When Richmond is drowning in soulless, over-priced gastropubs, it's a rare thing to find a proper pub - the Mitre is just that: a proper pub, where you can have a great pint and chew the fat.

Hard to find but a great place to have a pint.
Brian_Duffy - 17 Oct 2010 23:01
This is a Young’s pub with the usual ales on. The Bitter at £2.80 a pint is fair enough, and tasted fine. This seems to me to be a typically unspoilt backstreet boozer, which had a handful of locals in on a weekday afternoon. The handpumps looked to be pretty old – i.e. the small, solid black ones that you seldom see these days. The leaded-light windows are really attractive, featuring stained glass insets depicting various ecclesiastical paraphernalia (including a mitre, of course).

This is definitely a locals’ pub, but if you want a decent, quiet pint in an unpretentious backstreet pub, then this is for you.
RexRattus - 23 Nov 2008 13:38
Proper pub with proper people, nice and friendly and the new pool table serves up class entertainment when the regulars get on it, pure theatre...
Bangers - 3 Nov 2008 17:36
A real local pub. You wouldn't walk to get here from anywhere else but if you live in the area it's definately worth popping in.
theoneandonlyjoe - 30 Apr 2008 13:30
Traditional unspoilt Youngs side street local, worth seeking out for its warm and friendly old fashioned feel. Run by a long standing Irish tenant, Pat, who has been there for 23 years now.

There's little if any passing trade given the location, so it always seems quiet

This is the type of pub that would be under threat of closure by the new Wells / Youngs brigade were it not a tenancy, so here's keeping our fingers crossed that Pat ( and the pub ) are still around for many more years yet.

Note the splendid etched and frosted windows - gives the pub a warm cosy feel.
JohnBonser - 11 Mar 2008 13:08
This is going to be my new local very soon, so looking forward to checking out the 'action' here.
destiny_uk - 16 Mar 2007 17:18
Fantastic unspoilt local. Good Beer, good fun.
Friendly locals and televised sport... What more could you ask!

Worth a visit if you can find it!!!

beerlord - 10 May 2006 13:38
A real pub and a real oasis. Friendly locals, good beer great conversation. on my last visit the barmaid voluntarily changed my pint because it blooked a bit cloudy!, The two pubs nearest The Mitre have both closed in the last month, so The Mitre is the last proper pub for a long way !
kmsflyer - 11 Apr 2006 18:44
Nothing really to add to my previous posting on 14 October 2004. This is sadly one of Young's few remaining unspoilt really traditional locals and is well worth visiting.

Yes, it's a bit off the beaten track, but I'm still staggered that it's only had one posting on this site since my last posting
JohnBonser - 1 Dec 2005 17:17
John got it exactly right. Friendly, good-humoured pub where you're guaranteed at least 17 laughs to the pint, and 'stranger' is a term of endearment.
Chef - 29 Jan 2005 11:36
Bit surprised by PB's experience.
The Mitre is a basic, down to earth, back street Youngs local with a friendly Irish landlord. I am not a regular, but have never encountered any hostility or feeling of being unwelcome at all over the years. Doesnt get much passing trade because of the location. Excellent traditional decor - I just love the stained glass windows, keeps the pub feeling warm and cosy in winter. No food, just good -humoured banter. A pub for conversation.
Not a pub for youngsters and all the better for it.
Rumour has it that the Youngs refurbishment hit - squad would do it up, if only they could find it !
Well worth a visit, you won't be disappointed if, like me, you like proper pubs

John - 14 Oct 2004 15:02
did i tell you about the time i got chased out of here last year at 8 in the evening just for minding my own business and not being a local. scarey pub with scarier customers. went back to the black horse after where you are made to feel welcome.
PB - 25 Aug 2004 14:36

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