High Barnet takes me to the end of this branch of the Northern Line and brings to a close my run of stations which all joined the Underground on 14th April 1940. It first opened as a rail station of the same name on 1st April 1872.
The design of the buildings here is very similar to those stops, with Victorian architecture, including platform shelters and canopies and a traditional footbridge, dating back to its initial period as a rail station
The Pub: Ye Olde Mitre Inne, 58 High Street, EN5 5SJ
The pub is a short walk up the hill. Head out of the station along the footpath that takes you up to Meadway, turning to onto the High Street where the Mitre is a few minutes up the road. Looking back as we walked up the street, I was reminded just how far we’d come from central London with the Shard and other central London tower blocks distant on the horizon.
Ye Olde Mitre Inne is a pub with incredible history. It is thought the current building dates back to 1785 when the pub was a coaching inn. The interior retains a real traditional character with low ceilings, wooden beams and exposed brickwork. There is an old ‘Ye Olde Mitre Inn’ sign displayed above the bar in the main room. The pub is divided into several rooms, all of which have the same historical feel to them. It is said that some of the oak beams in the Stable Lounge, one of the outer rooms, may even date back as far as the 14th Century! Finally, there is an outside patio space which probably feels the most modern part of the entire building. Given all the history, it is unsurprising the pub is grade II listed.
Ye Olde Mitre doesn’t just rest on its historical assets, it gets the important aspects of being a pub right. There were at least six ales available on tap including Landlord from Timothy Taylor, Adnams Southwold Bitter and Emerald Tiger. The food is good too, I had a particularly hearty burger with thick chunky chips and my friend was equally pleased with his with his mince scotch pie – a mix between a pie and a scotch egg! Other dishes available include Scampi and Chips and Lasagne.
The walls are decorated with some fantastic trinkets, I really liked the Allwin, an old gaming machine where the object was to ensure you fired the little ball bearing into one of the hoops. The collection of old taps were a tad more curious though.
Ye Olde Mitre Inne is a fantastic pub. It has preserved its own historic heritage so well while at the same time getting all the pub essentials right, something which is sometimes lacking in historic pubs found closer to tourist hotspots. Its definitely one of my favourite pubs I’ve visited for the blog and I highly recommend taking a trip up to High Barnet to experience it first hand!
(The pub has no website)