An attractive pub oozing olde worlde charm - thereís a drinking corridor leading to wood panelled rooms, little private booths in the main bar, a lofty roof space reminiscent of a Tudor banqueting hall and, on a ledge high above the bar, a collection of large wooden barrels. Unfortunately the beer choice is limited (itís a Sam Smithís pub) and the service can be painfully slow but itís worth a visit just to see the place.
(Last visited 25 October 2014).
Another Sam Smiths pub. Beautiful pub though with wooden fitted interior. Wide hall style with charming booths along the side. Massive wooden vintage vats on display above the bar. Ten hand pumps available. It was busy at lunch time with locals chatting away about football and, er well football. Fun place.
Visited here on 29th October í12 for no other reason than weíd been in Craft Clerkenwell and I wanted to show an American friend a grade II listed pub. I certainly didnít come for the great Sam Smiths beers! Last time I visited (2004/5) you could still pick up a pint of cask bitter for around the £1.60 mark when the rest of London was typically £2.50/60.
Didnít really fancy the bland bitter so decided to split a bottle of something a little tastier and plumped for Oatmeal Stout from the fridge. Be Warned ... £5.50 !!! Should have checked, but was not expecting that price when you can buy better bottled beers imported from the US in London pubs for these kind of bucks so I donít see how SS can justify charging this for their own product in their own bar ! Live and learn I guess. Service was prompt and despite being here at 8pm on a Monday night all of the booths opposite the bar were taken. Good atmosphere filled with a mix of suits and tourists.
A Sam Smiths pub, so you pretty much know what youíre getting in terms of the beer; although, I actually found a beer here on tap that I have never seen before and that only had ten rates (Yorkshire Bitter). What I really loved about this place was the interior. I donít know whether itís authentic or not, but the feel of the place is great. Not totally sure how to describe it, though I would say it reminded me somehow of the Harry Potter movies. As with all Sam pubs the draft beer is dirt cheap, so thatís nice. Bartender was pleasant. Absolutely worth a visit if youíre in the area.
Fin (972) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 18, 2016
We visited here on Thursday 17th March 2016, we being me, Dad and Barry. This is another place that I had been to before and quite frequently many years ago with Loz. Itís a 7-8 minutes stroll from Craft Clerkenwell to here and just 2-3 mins from The Penderel Oak. Itís on High Holborn and so is well connected transport wise with Chancery Lane underground just a couple of minutes or two walk and lots of buses plying there way along here. This is a most attractive place it always reminds me of an old baronial hall, I think a touch Germanic also, lots of old dark wood, a the right time of day this is a very atmospheric place but not today when it was heaving. We didnít hang around for long, beer choice is Sam Smiths so you know itís limited choice. A great place for a historic pub crawl.
The last of our historic pubs tour of Holborn and Bloomsbury. The Cittie of York is a bit of a tourist trap with its long bar and cosy snugs. The beer is of the Sam Smiths range with one beer on hand pull then keg and bottles. Worth a look for its historic value if not for the beer.
The Cittie of Yorke is a massive Sam Smiths pub located near Chancery Lane tube station. As others have noted in their reviews, the interior of the pub is most impressive. Huge wooden barrels hang above the bar. Thereís plenty of seating. The pub is often crowded, mostly filled by legal professionals who work nearby. The selection includes all the usual Sam Smiths Beers youíd expect. Overall, itís a fine place to visit. Though if I had to visit only one Sam Smiths pub in the area, Iíd opt for the Princess Louise instead.
An awesome building which is the best outlet for Samuel Smith I presume. Very cheap prices are to be expected, but the beer range wonít keep you excited enough to hang around for more than an hour. Still, not too far from the Wenlock and holding pretty much the complete Sam Smith beer range if youíre looking for those.
Not a big selection of real ale. However, it seems to have been a "brewpub" once upon a time, and all the old casks and ceiling ironmongery are still there. Little cubbies to pair up in. Good place to stop.
Stunning building. Sam Smiths beers, including Old Brewery Bitter on cask. Thatís probably enough to attract visitors to London (but bear in mind that the Princess Louise, an equally stunning Sam Smiths pub, is just down the road). As well as the Sam Smiths bottles, which probably wonít be new to visitors, thereís an opportunity for completists to try some of the pretty dire Sam Smiths keg beers (and cider), if thatís your thing.