England > Greater London > Holborn
EFC1878 (22) Manchester, England | November 29, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 15/20
Fascinating Sam Smiths pub in Central London. Wonderful downstairs area. Beer is almost free by London standards. Great atmosphere, it’s very easy to spend all day here.
Leighton (641) 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.
Strebs (174) St. Louis, Missouri | July 2, 2011| Updated March 5, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Even though the decor is faux medieval done during the Victorian age, itís a real treat. Situated in an extremely busy section of London, the Cittie of Yorke offers a welcome respite from the crowds. As with all Sam Smith pubs that Iíve visited, the food was good and satisfying...definitely a cut above all other tied pub groups in England. That their bitter is consistently less expensive than the bitter at other pubs is a plus, but I canít but be disappointed that the other beers in Sam Smithís range, that are exported to the US, are never available in their London pubs...no Imperial Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Taddy Porter, or Old Brewery Pale Ale...all superior to their bitter on tap.
madmitch76 (144) , England | June 2, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
One of theeee great old London pubs. Been here many a time in pre rating days. Not sure there are too many 1420 features still visible but it looks and feels like a very grand and very old pub. Wood everywhere. Old fashioned private drinking booths. Yep itís Sam Smith so the beers are limited but fine. If I was as Rich as Roman I would buy this place, serve craft beer and ban hipsters. Amen.
Osprey87 (128) , Wales | October 30, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
This is a lovely place to drink. Sam Smiths beers are fine, but a bit of choice would make this place world class and me a regular visitor. Visit during the day when it is quiet, because it loses all its atmosphere as soon as the city crowd pour in at 5.30pm.
BlackHaddock (383) , 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.
larsga (211) Oslo, Norway | October 29, 2006
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Huge, dark old cavern of a place at the back, with a lighter room at the front. Lots of dark wooden panelling and old memorabilia giving it an old look. CAMRA guide says itís a historic pub, and I believe them.
Itís a Sam Smith house, and has the full Sam Smith range in bottles, plus some on tap.
The food was very good. Crowd seems to be mostly city types working nearby.
dbasil (3) | February 19, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
A Sam Smithís pub is better, IMO, than the other biggies. Plus, this is the lowest amount Iíve paid for a pint since a visit to Newcastle in 1999. Sure, itís full of douchebags that work in the high rises (er, like me....), but the beer is tasty and inexpensive.
Christian (237) Odense, Denmark | September 10, 2009
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Very beautiful. I had a lot of new ratings, but once you have done Samuel Smiths there is nothing new to return for.
ladnewton (163) London, England | March 16, 2011| Updated March 25, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Pubís main attraction is architectural, but the Sam Smiths beers are well kept as well which is a bonus. I have never eaten in this pub therefore left the food rating blank. We were served quickly on a busy Friday night on my January visit with a friend, and we enjoyed the atmosphere. Loads of "snugs" and discreet intimate corners to drink in. Well worth a visit for the experience.
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