England > Greater London > Holborn
Theydon_Bois (807) Tourist Town (West), England | October 29, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Boudicca (802) London, England | October 31, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
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).
nate2g (685) Boomtown!, Australia | March 14, 2010
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
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.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | August 2, 2007
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
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.
Leighton (656) London, England | December 9, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
imdownthepub (527) Banbury, England | June 29, 2013
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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.
bhensonb (500) Woodland, California | April 16, 2007
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
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.
jackl (477) Charlottesville, Virginia | May 18, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
chriso (444) London, England | August 12, 2007
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
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.
BlackHaddock (393) , England | March 29, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 15/20
This is a place to take tourists if ever there is. It is a lovely pub. The dark walled room on the left as you walk in should be looked into, but not used, instead carry on into the main bar.
On the lefthand side is a long bar with huge barrels sat above, on the right are little booths with enough room for two people on each bench. There is a central radiator and brown tiles toilets. It is like stepping back in time.
The only cask beer is Sam Smithís Old Brewery Bitter which is a shame, but there are all the other Sam Smith beers and spirits to choose from too.
I love drinking in here and often use it as a meeting place when organising London days out with friends.
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